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s15 - The DEADline Day [WB9]


For Flyers GM Wright, dealing on the deadline has been regretful the last two seasons. 


The 2002 deadline saw a splash that led the organization’s prodigal son Peter Forsberg and defencemen Alexei Zhitnik and Thomas Kaberle to be dealt to the Boston Bruins for Al MacInnis, Jeff Friesen, and a first. The Bruins soon flipped Forsberg to the Island, while Philly flipped Friesen to LA for a pair of firsts. The Flyers went onto the playoffs, but were ousted in round one.


At the 2003 deadline, the Flyers, in need of a veteran goalie, acquired Mike Richter from Detroit for a third round pick. What seemed like a win-win deal turned out to be a horror show for the Flyers. The team struggled to win games with Richter in goal, and played one of the worst stretches of hockey in the organization’s history post-deadline. The Flyers were tied in points with eighth seeded Washington on the league’s final day, but the Capitals prevailed due to having the edge in the wins category.


Last year, the Flyers sent Claude Lemieux- acquired in late-2002 from San Jose for Chris Gratton, Eric Cairns, and the 2004 13th overall selection- to Edmonton for what turned out to be a late second round pick (Mark Fistric). 


With their recent history on deadline day not going well, the Flyers stood pat this year. With free agents Sergei Fedorov and Philippe Boucher headed to free agency, and the team loosely holding onto a playoff spot, the team was in a weird gray area where they could decide their fate. Either upgrade and get-in while shelling out premium assets, deal you rentals for meager future assets and risk missing the postseason, or holding your ground and believing in your squad.  


That’s not to say the team didn’t make a move. They did Montreal a favor and took on a couple prospects signed into next season for a pair of expiring contracts. Greg Mauldin and Noah Welch were received in exchange for Erik Rasmussen and Sheldon Brookbank. Blockbuster… The deal was a way for Montreal to shed contracts this offseason, while the Flyers locked-in a couple prospects for one year at the previous league minimum salary $550,000.


Overall, it was a quiet deadline day in Philly and around the league. There were hardly any blockbuster moves made, minus a couple that were axed by the suits in Toronto. Until next year...