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Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:16 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 8:27 pm

Nicklas Grossman is now Nicklas ... Grossmann

By: Adam Gretz

Our bizarre NHL story of the day comes out of Philadelphia and involves new Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann. The second "N" at the end being the key, as it never existed on any of his official NHL gear or paperwork throughout his career, even though it was the actual way to spell his name.

Grossmann just never said anything. Until now.

According to Tim Pannaccio of CSN Philadelphia, the mistake was finally noticed by Flyers director of team services Bryan Hardenberg when he saw Grossmann's passport and spotted that the spelling did not match up with what is on the back of the defenseman's jersey, which has been spelled incorrectly since his NHL career began with the Dallas Stars.

"When I was younger coming up, I didn’t want to say anything," said Grossmann on Tuesday. "I was just happy to have a jersey with my name on it.”

Even if it wasn't the proper spelling.

The Flyers acquired Grossmann prior to the NHL trade deadline in exchange for a pair of draft picks, and had the trade not happened, it's likely that he would continued on with the wrong spelling on the back of his sweater.

So, if you're one of the fans out there that owns a Nicklas Grossman jersey, well, it's now officially a Jersey Foul.

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Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:25 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 11:10 pm

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

LightningFlyersBy: Adam Gretz

For the second time in less than a week the Philadelphia Flyers made a move to add to their blue line.

On Saturday evening, just a few hours after their 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh, the Flyers completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning by acquiring defenseman Pavel Kubina. The Lightning will receive a second and fourth round pick, as well as forward John Kalinski.

The deal was reportedly held up because Kubina would have given the Flyers 51 contracts. The NHL limit is 50, which may have led to the inclusion of Kalinski, a forward that had been playing for Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hocke League, scoring nine goals to go with three assists in 40 games.

It's been expected for a few days now that Kubina would be moved, and the Lightning, having now established themselves as sellers, were holding him out of the lineup until a trade could be completed.

In 52 games this season the 34-year-old Kubina has scored three goals to go with eight assists and has logged nearly 20 minutes of ice-time per game. He will be eligible for unrestricted free agency following this season.
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Earlier in the week the Flyers made another move in an effort to solidify their defense, acquiring Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for two draft picks. Philadelphia has apparently been one of the busiest teams in the NHL as we approach the Feb. 27 deadline and have been the team most commonly referenced in Rick Nash trade rumors. Helping to fuel that fire was the word that Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren were speaking to one another in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

Given that the Flyers are currently the highest scoring team in the league and are once again struggling to keep pucks out of their own net, a very common problem in recent years, defense should seemingly be a much higher priority than adding another goal-scoring forward.

For the Lightning, it's also their second deal of the week as they also traded center Dominic Moore to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick.

After their 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, the Lightning have a 26-26-6 record, which has them in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference with 58 points, six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for what would be the eighth playoff spot.

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:05 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 11:13 am

Don't get too excited about that 2nd round pick

Shea Weber is the exception, not the rule for 2nd round success (Getty Images)
By: Adam Gretz

The most popular piece of currency that gets passed around (or is rumored to be passed around) the NHL this time of year is the second-round draft pick.

On Thursday alone we saw two deals go down involving such a pick when San Jose picked up Dominic Moore from the Lightning, and the Flyers acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars.

It's pretty much the going rate for a veteran rental that can provide some depth, and if your team is one of the ones that ends up coming out of the trade deadline season with such a pick, it's probably best to keep your expectations within reason. Because there is a pretty good chance that it will turn out to be nothing. Or next to nothing.

Just taking a random 10-year sampling of NHL drafts, there were over 340 players selected during the second-round between 1995 and 2005. Of those players, 122 of them never played a game in the NHL. Or, in other words, over 35 percent. That, of course, doesn't count the players that did appear in the NHL but never established themselves as regulars. There were another 122 players that made an appearance in the league but have played fewer than 100 games.

Add those two groups together and that's roughly 70 percent of the players that were selected in the round over a full decade. Not exactly great odds, especially when you consider that the picks exchanging hands in these situations are more often than not near the middle or back end of the round. Most of the impact players that were chosen during the stretch I selected here (guys like Shea Weber, James Neal, Patrice Bergeron, Derek Roy, just as a few examples) were picked within the first 15 picks of the round.

If you think your team is a contender, the thought of giving up a mid-to-late second-round pick shouldn't be much of a concern or stop you from making the move, which is probably why you see so many of them moved every February.

So why would the team on the other side be so willing to accept it? Well, that's simple. If you have a player like Moore that's set to become a free agent, and you know you're going to lose him in the summer, and you know your team is going nowhere for the remainder of that season, it's better to get an asset that gives you a chance (even if it's as low as 30 percent) of finding a future NHL player than losing an asset for absolutely nothing, which of course gives you a zero percent chance of finding a future player.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:02 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 6:16 pm

Nicklas Grossman traded to Flyers

GrossmanBy: Adam Gretz

The Philadelphia Flyers have been rumored to be in the market for a defenseman for quite some time, and on Thursday afternoon they added to their blueline by acquiring Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a second and third round draft pick.

The second round pick, which will be in the 2012 draft, originally belonged to the Los Angles Kings, while the third round pick will be in 2013 and was originally property of the Minnesota Wild.

In 52 games this season the 27-year-old Grossman has yet to score a goal and been credited with five assists while playing over 18 minutes per game for the Stars. He's also been one of their top penalty killers in terms of ice-time, and will be going to a Flyers team that is currently 19th in the NHL with an 81.4 percent success rate on the penalty kill.

Grossman is in the final year of a two-year contract and has a cap hit $1.625 million, while the Flyers will be on the hook for a cap hit of roughly $443,000, via Capgeek. He will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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