With all of the team’s holes filled, Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren wasn’t desperate for moves leading up to Monday’s trade deadline. His lone move was the acquisition of Columbus’ Tom Sestito for Greg Moore and Michael Chaput.
All three players currently reside in the AHL – and don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Sestito has played a handful of NHL games in his career, seeing nine games this season in addition to a smattering in the seasons prior.
Coming in at 6’5”, 228lb, the 23 year-old left winger adds some strength to the Phantoms’ lineup. Perhaps he’ll get a chance to crack the Flyers’ roster in the next couple years, but that’s not a sure bet.
With all trades finalized, the Flyers are more or less set on their playoff roster.
Nikolay Zherdev has cleared waivers, and will not dress for the Flyers on a regular basis – the decision to play him against the Senators was born out of necessity.
Nick Boynton has come in to replenish the defensive depth that left with the injury to Oskars Bartulis. After Kris Versteeg, Boynton is the second Cup-winning Blackhawk from last year to come to the Flyers.
Playing with the likes of Chris Pronger and Sean O’Donnell – proven Cup winners themselves – the roster now has not only depth, but players that know the feeling of wining it all. And once you’ve won it all, the only thing you want to do is win it again.