In the span of a few days, the Flyers have added pieces to a puzzle that has failed to fit. On the surface, the moves seem minor, pointless even. However, these trades may brew dividends for Philadelphia, should they make a playoff run.
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded for defenseman Kent Huskins, enforcer Jay Rosehill, center Adam Hall, and goaltender Steve Mason. The four players commanded little, and offer a veteran assurance to the team.
Huskins, a 33-year old defenseman, has had a difficult 2013. The former Red Wing has yet to log a point, having played 13 games. His season plus-minus rating is a pitiful -5. Huskins offers a leadership role, and not much else.
Enter Jay Rosehill, a forgotten player who took his talents to the AHL. Rosehill’s last NHL action was 31 games with Toronto last season. He failed to impress, going without a point in his time with the Leafs.
Hall has played 26 games this year. He has tallied four assists for 2013, and could provide a solid center for the third line.
Steve Mason lost his job in Columbus, and was sent to the bench. Mason played in 13 games for Columbus, having one three of them. He will serve as Ilya Bryzgalov’s new backup. Hopefully, Mason will spell Bryzgalov, and save him for the playoffs.
Of course, these moves are all irrelevant if the Flyers fail to get there. Having ridden a heroic winning streak, Philadelphia sits four points out of a spot. Time will tell if these moves benefit Philly, or if the additions prove useless.