The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for two draft picks. Those draft picks are a 2012 2nd round pick (originally Los Angeles’) and a 3rd round pick in 2013 (originally Minnesota’s).
Philadelphia finally acquired the defenseman they were after. Their blue line was decimated earlier this season when they lost Chris Pronger to a concussion. The Flyers are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Their goaltending has been struggling lately and this may be the piece of the puzzle they’ve been missing. A strong, physical defenseman will punish bodies out front of the net and immediately have an impact in the Flyer’s system.
Flyers GM, Paul Holmgren, spoke on his newly acquired defenseman. He said,”He’s experienced, he’s a bigger body. He’s a good, solid defensive defenseman who can kill penalties for us. He can play a regular shift, he’s a guy that can chew up minutes and he’s a big body.”
In return, Dallas got two high draft picks. They can be used to draft solid prospects or packaged to obtain another player. Dallas is still in the playoff hunt, just four points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference. If they choice to forward the picks, they could get a solid player which will highly benefit them come the end of the season and playoffs if they qualify.
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