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We have a (real) trade to announce: Flyers acquire Grossman from Dallas

Feb 16, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

Nicklas Grossman

All apologies to Ryan O’Marra and Bryan Rodney, but the first major trade of the day just went down: Philadelphia has sent a second-round pick in 2012 and a third-round pick in 2013 to Dallas in exchange for defenseman Nicklas Grossman.

Grossman — 6-foot-4, 226-pounds — has been with the Stars organization since the lockout and emerged as one of Dallas’ most physical players. He was third among all defensemen with 96 hits this season and led the team in blocked shots, with 100.  He was averaging just under 19 minutes of ice time per game.

The 27-year-old rearguard has represented Sweden in various international tournaments and captained the national team at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Some might see the move as Dallas waiving a white towel on the season and kickstarting a fire sale, but that’s not necessarily the case. The Stars still have a solid top-six in Trevor Daley, Stephane Robidas, Sheldon Souray, Alex Goligoski, Mark Fistric and Philip Larsen with Adam Pardy and Jordie Benn in reserve.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Wow! A defensive defenseman w/ all of 5 pts this year rates a 2nd and a 3rd. That will discourage a lot of buying I think.

  2. crazemastercraze - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Clearly this deal will push the Flyers to the final. Also, he management decisions seem to be made by a typical white trash, under educated, still living in the 1974-75 season Flyers fan!

    • sizzle299 - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Hey… who are you calling under educated?!!?

  3. cup0pizza - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Grossman is good, but as a Stars fan I love this trade.

    • bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      You should. I imagine a lot of GMs will be a little upset with Holmgren for making the D market that much more expensive.

  4. cup0pizza - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    BTW Robidas blows, so hopefully he won’t be seeing a lot more ice time as a result of this.

  5. jagrbomb18 - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Love this trade!!!

    • bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Why? Holmgren vastly overpaid.

  6. bleed4philly - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Much needed replacement for Pronger, it only helps on the defensive side but we’ll it at this point.

    • bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      Replacement for Pronger? Not so much. Pronger had 12 pts in 13 GP. Grossman has 5 in 52. You got defensive depth and vastly overpaid for it.

  7. lsxphotog - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Killer move.

  8. greggoldberg - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    No doubt a bit of an overpayment for a guy who’s about to be a UFA, but he sounds like someone we could use and we didn’t get rid of anyone important. I’ll take it.

    • bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      Huge overpayment. Moves like this are why PHI’s prospect pool is crap.

      • greggoldberg - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:44 AM

        I think “huge overpayment” is a bit much, but it is frustrating that they keep trading away picks. That said, (a) 2nd and 3rd rounders are far from guarantees, (b) I think they still have a second-rounder this year from Florida, and (c) if they can sign Grossman to a reasonable contract at the end of the year it’ll be much more palatable.

        It’s an overpayment, but not a horrendous one.

  9. chasemutley - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    How can you love trading for late 2nd & 3rd round picks? I wouldn’t trade the water boy for a 3rd round pick.

    • bcisleman - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Dallas traded away a player they didn’t need for the chance to grab two quality prospects or to move up their top pick. Good for them.

      • kingmiedus - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        Quality prospects? When you get to the end of the 2nd and 3rd rounds its all a crapshoot.

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