A FINAL TRADE DEADLINE UPDATE
Scottie Upshall was traded to Phoenix to create enough cap space for the Flyers to call up a player from the Phantoms in case of injury without having to send Claude Giroux back down again.
Daniel Carcillo was acquired to replace Upshall. He's not as skilled, but has a higher motor and a mouth to match. He's pugnacious, will fight at the drop of a nickel, and leads the NHL in penalty minutes. In Paul Holmgren's mind this constitutes the fans will love him. He saves the Flyers an additional $450,000.
The Flyers also gave Phoenix a second round pick. That was in essence for renting cap space from the Coyotes. The pick is in 2011. It was definitely a steep price to pay for the smallest of breathing rooms.
The Flyers then acquired hulking defenseman Kyle McLaren from the San Jose Sharks for a 6th round pick in 2009. McLaren, who makes $2.5 million, hasn't played in the NHL in more than a year.
He has been toiling in the AHL for the Worcester Sharks, where he's only played 17 games this season. He has two bad knees and is a shell of the playr he was a decade ago in Boston. The Flyers added him for playoff depth on the blue line. There is no salary cap in the playoffs.
That's it folks. Are the Flyers better now then they were this morning? I don't think so.