FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Rumors were flying, goalies were coming and players were going.
And in the end, as the 3 o’clock NHL trade deadline passed today, the Flyers did not pull the trigger on any deals.
The Flyers flip-flopped back-and-forth throughout the day, focusing on acquiring both a goalie and depth forwards and defensemen.
Ultimately, the Flyers were hamstrung by not having high draft picks or top-end prospects to trade and just $2.625 million in available salary cap space.
Some of the names discussed at various points today include Tomas Vokoun, Dwayne Roloson and Dan Hamhuis.
In the end, Vokoun, Roloson and Hamhuis all stuck with their current teams.
"All of the players we were interested in ended up staying with their current teams," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "First we looked for guys who could make our team better and then we started to look for small pieces here and there."
Holmgren added that the salary cap was "never a stumbling block" for the Flyers, with space for an approximate full-season hit of $2.625 million.
Wednesday's trade deadline was one of the most boring in recent memory: 25 trades involving 42 players and 19 draft picks with none of them involving marquee players. Last year's deadline featured 45 trades.
Biggest winners: Washington, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. Buffalo also added to their team.
Other teams to not make a move: Detroit, San Jose, Los Angeles and Montreal.
"I still believe that once you get into the playoffs," Holmgren said, "anything can happen."
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