Dallas Stars Trade Nicklas Grossman To Philadelphia Flyers For 2012 2nd Round Pick and 2013 3rd Round Pick

By Chris Ransom

On Thursday Night the Dallas Stars dealt defenseman Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2012 2nd round pick and a 2013 3rd round pick.  Grossman never lived up to the hype in Dallas despite being a promising defender for Sodertalje in the Elitserien league coming out of Sweden.  Grossman has the skill set to be an effective defenseman that anchors a second line.

Grossman can pass the puck to set up assists, block shots, and has the size that you look for in a physical defensive defender.  Grossman also can boost their penalty killing unit.  Philadelphia needed more defensive depth so I cannot really blame them for going out and making a move on Nicklas Grossman.

Grossman may have one of the best overall skill sets for a defensive defender that unleashes physical brute force.  Grossman only played 59 games last season and there have been questions about Grossman’s durability in the past.  Grossman is a tough enforcer despite previous injuries that may have occurred.

I like this trade for both teams.  I feel like this trade works well for both teams because now Grossman gets a second chance on another Eastern Conference team while Dallas can continue to build their NHL squad through the draft.  It was a pleasure doing business with Flyers fans.  Now lets get two game changers for the future with these picks that the Flyers gave us.  Your move Joe Nieuwendyk.

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