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.