Not that a changing lineup is anything new to the Flyers, but this could be the last game that this group plays together.
With the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday, it is likely that one or more of the players who take the ice against the Maple Leafs today at the Wachovia Center will be somewhere else.
The Flyers face the Islanders on the same day as the deadline, but all possible trades will have been made before the puck drops. As of yesterday afternoon, players were moving around the league, but not from the Flyers.
Anson Carter was sent to Carolina from the Blue Jackets for a 2008 fifth-round draft pick, and Anaheim sent Shane Endicott to Dallas for future considerations, but Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said any moves he makes would not likely happen before Monday, if at all.
"A lot of things are really quiet because everybody is waiting see where the big guys go, like [Keith] Tkachuk and [Bill] Guerin and those guys," Holmgren said.
"My feeling is there are a lot of teams fighting about those guys. Anything that we may do will be second-tier guys, basically."
The only move the Flyers made yesterday was to put defenseman Nolan Baumgartner on re-entry waivers. The Flyers have six healthy defensemen and they want seven. Baumgartner was a free-agent signing last summer, but was waived and sent to the Phantoms following the 9-1 loss in Buffalo on Oct. 17.
The Flyers have a lot of players they would be willing to move, but none is a top young player, which is what any team would want for a top player.
A lot of names have gone in and out of the rumor mill, including Robert Esche, Derian Hatcher, Geoff Sanderson and Kyle Calder. Holmgren said a month ago that the Flyers wanted to re-sign Calder - who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season - but yesterday, the GM said it did not work out.
"Our attempts to sign him went by the wayside, so right now we'll see what happens," Holmgren said. "What we were talking about just wasn't what he was looking at. He's certainly a guy that other teams have interest in. But he's a second-tier guy."
Holmgren said that contrary to rumors, he has not spoken to any teams about Sanderson. "He's under contract here for another year, so if we have him next year I can live with that."
Interest in Hatcher also has fallen off, Holmgren said. Teams had contacted the Flyers about Hatcher, including Dallas, before the All-Star break, but not recently.
This is a difficult time of year for any player, but harder for those whose names are being circulated. Most are hoping that Tuesday comes and goes without having to move.