The Feb. 29 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. There was not much going on in the first place, especially in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Flyers, who currently sit at fifth in the Metropolitan Division, stayed pat, not making one single move.
That leaves multiple questions, especially surrounding the future of the team as they compete for a wild card playoff spot. Should they have made a move, or was being quiet the right move?
Some of the players thought that the struggling Flyers would have done something. While the depth forwards, such as Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, are helping the team out, other members, Like Sam Gagner and Mark Streit, are struggling. The backend, with the exception being Shayne Gostisbehere, hasn’t lived up to full expectation. However, the Flyers chose to keep their pieces.
“It’s a little bit stressful,” Streit said of deadline day. “It’s out of your control. You just kind of stay on alert throughout the day.”
He, along with other Flyers on the roster, surely breathed a sigh of relief. They will get to work toward their goal of making the playoffs. The team’s core players are performing, and their rookie defender is leading the backend to better things. Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason are a fine tandem. What moves needed to be made?
Sure, they currently sit at ninth in the Eastern Conference, but the team is only three points behind Pittsburgh and four behind the New York Islanders. A pair of wins and a losing spell for one of these teams could pose a complete change in position.
Gagner believes that the team has the potential to advance to the postseason, which hasn’t happened since the 2013-14 campaign. They fell in the Cup final in 2010 to Chicago, and that was the last time the team made it that far.
“We have a good chance to make the playoffs,” Gagner said. “It’s a good group of guys in here and I’m just trying to continue to establish a role where I can help the team every night.”