Did the Flyers deceive everyone at the deadline?

Travis Politakis
March 12, 2024  (3:42 PM)

Danny Briere meets with the media following the 2024 Trade Deadline
Photo credit: NHLFlyers via Twitter

With the trade deadline officially over and the month of April creeping up, the Philadelphia Flyers have just 17 regular season games remaining on the season. What was said to be a rebuilding season at the beginning of the year, has turned into a season that sees the Flyers sitting at third in the Metro with a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. Despite the way the team is playing this season, many are wondering why the Flyers didn't do more at the deadline and if the front office has set the franchise up for success in the future.

Leading up to the deadline, the Philadelphia Flyers were one of the most talked about teams in the market. From listing guys like Nick Seeler and alternate captain Scott Laughton available, many expected the Flyers to be extremely aggressive at the deadline not only in terms of selling, but maybe trying to acquire someone like Trevor Zegras.
The deadline didn't shake up like many thought it would, and the Flyers only moves were trading Sean Walker for a first round pick, as well as picking up defenseman Erik Johnson and forward Denis Gurianov. Nothing really too headline worthy for the orange and black.
Since the new regime of Danny Briere and Keith Jones has taken over, their number one sentiment has been transparency. Building transparency and trust with the fans has been a priority and for the most part, they have delivered. However, the recent deadline has many questioning their moves.
According to prominent Flyers reporter Jamey Baskow, although the Flyers are playing well right now, it is unknown how they will perform in the playoffs and the most important thing was not moving assets for unknown players.
"The team did not trade assets for some unknown. What is unknown is how they will fare in the playoffs, and that is why the organization will stuck to their plan."

The most important part of the deadline for the Flyers, was to keep stacking first round picks with the opportunity to do more in the summer and the draft as the franchise is sticking to their plan.
"The key to the Flyers trade deadline this year was to gain as many first round picks, and assets as possible. This meant sticking to the guns, not trading Scott Laughton or Sean Walker for a bag of pucks like in the past"

Although the team shocked many by not making any splashes at the deadline, it seems that Briere and the new regime have set themselves up nicely to have a big summer this year.
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