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PHT Morning Skate: Flyers don’t expect to make big trade

Feb 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren pauses during an NHL hockey news conference at the Wells Fargo Center, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t think he’ll make a big trade before the deadline. (Philadelphia Daily News)

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas “went back to basics” during his AHL stint. (The Star-Ledger)

Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins used the Canadian Olympic team as an example of what can be accomplished when skilled forwards buy into a defensive system. (Edmonton Sun)

Vladimir Sobotka is making progress in his recovery from a knee injury, but he’s still a ways away from returning. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella felt the need to apologize for saying that he hoped Sweden would beat Canada in the gold medal game. (

Although he missed out on a bronze medal as a result, Sean Bergenheim doesn’t regret turning down Finland’s offer to join its Olympic team. He felt he needed the break to deal with lingering injury problems. (Miami Herald)

  1. zta7991 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    I finally agree with Holmgren. Lets keep our prospects and build from there. I don’t see defense being an issue in the next 2 years. all it is now is patience.

  2. deathbat20 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    For those of you who do not speak Holmgren, that means its about to get crazy at the trade deadline

    • kastout11 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I agree with you 100%. Homer will try to deal if he can. However, I do not see them parting with any of their young promising forwards (Couts, Read, Schenn). I could maybe see them trying to move Hartnell or Simmonds, especially if it helps them land a solid defenseman..

      • chaser44 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        I would say no to any Simmonds trades, he has been one of our top 3 players this season. I agree, keep all the young guns, we have young up and coming defenders. I would be ok with moving Hartnell, Mez, Downie, Cousins(if they want someone young). You should be able to get a solid d for a combination of them and a draft pick. See if there is a magical run in these guys, if not keep the core and look to next year w/ free agency.

      • zta7991 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        I am pretty sure Hartnell has a no trade clause

      • mcphillthy - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        What?! Simmonds?!? Are you crazy?! No way Simmonds gets moved unless it is for a stud dman. Simmonds has so much potential and the guy keeps getting better. In my opinion Simmonds is one of the fastest up and coming players in the NHL right now.

      • zta7991 - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        trading mez should be holmgrens priority. would rather get a little something for him rather than a whole lot of nothing when he goes to FA

  3. bsaures - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Well there goes half the deadline deals then

  4. crazemastercraze - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Holmgren not make a big move? No. A ridiculously stupid one ? Yes.

  5. flyboystransport - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    What impact defensman are available? Out of all the dmen that are supposedly available none are major upgrades.

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