VOORHEES, NJ — The trade deadline came and went Monday for the Flyers with a few trades barely moving the needle.
The Flyers sent 35-year-old defenseman Justin Braun to the New York Rangers for a third-round pick in the 2023 draft. Then, just before the 3 p.m. NHL deadline, journeyman wing Derick Brassard, 34, , was traded to his 10th team, the Edmonton Oilers, for a 2022 fourth-round pick.
Neither deal is likely to fall into franchise infamy, such as the trades sending James van Riemsdyk, then 23, to Toronto – where he scored four 25-plus seasons – for Luke Schenn or goaltender. Sergie Bobrovsky with the Blue Jackets, where he won two Vezina Trophies.
The trades are moves made by bottom-of-the-barrel teams like the Flyers (20-31-11, 51), an out-of-the-basement spot in the Metropolitan Division.
“I think it went exactly as we planned,” said general manager Chuck Fletcher. “I think we were happy to move those two players and pick a third and fourth pick. There were a few conversations about a few of the other guys, but nothing really materialized.
Braun is a mid-level hire for the Rangers, who owe him the remaining balance on a $1.8 million contract. He is an unrestricted free agent after this season. He spent nine seasons with the San Jose Sharks, who dropped him in the seventh round of the 2007 draft before joining the Flyers three years ago.
Braun played 176 games for the Flyers, contributing nine goals and 32 assists. His greatest contribution was to do the dirty work. Braun produced 271 hits during that time to go with 248 hits and 29 takeaways.
This season, Braun has registered five goals and 11 assists in 61 games. He also played in 100 playoff games, contributing three goals, a dozen assists and 211 blocked shots. This made him desirable for Rangers.
Brassard, 34, a bit of a Flyers killer during the Rangers era, has six goals and 10 assists in this 14th professional season.
The Flyers failed to move backup goaltender Martin Jones, 32, who is 7-12 with a 3.36 goals-against average this season and 193-144 in nine NHL seasons with three teams. Fletcher said the Flyers were nervous about dealing him because there were few injuries in the organization at the position.
The rest of the Flyers’ season is all about taking a look at young players, especially Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee. Fletcher said Mike Yeo talked to them about getting stronger ahead of Sunday’s 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.
“Certainly for us, with (Cam) York and (Owen) Tippen, Konceny and Farabee and all these kids to look good here and play bigger roles,” Fletcher said. “In the case of Konecny and Farabee, I know Mike challenged them that it was time for them to take a little more leadership. They’ve been here a long time, especially Konecny, and now it’s time not to follow and maybe lead by example. I think both were exceptional on Sunday, not only because they had two assists, but because of their effort, their energy. They were enthusiastic .
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Meanwhile, in Sunrise, Fla., Claude Giroux, who scored 900 points in 1,000 games with the Flyers, was introduced at a press conference on Monday.
The Flyers sent Giroux and the Phantoms Connor Bunnaman and German Rubtsov to Florida, essentially for prospect Owen Tippett, a conditional 2024 first-round pick and a lower-round pick trade.
Giroux animated the building of the Panthères.
“It’s time to go to work, I couldn’t be more excited,” said Giroux. “Florida is at the top of my list. If there’s a team I want to go to, it’s here. I’m just glad the deal closed.
“I’m here to win,” Giroux said. “I’m here to help the team win. I think this team has a great chance of going far in the playoffs.
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NOTES >> Forward Scott Laughton (concussion) was cleared to travel with the Flyers, but must pass the NHL neurological test next week before hitting the ice, according to Fletcher. … Defenseman Ryan Ellis is out for the remainder of the season with a groin injury. Fletcher hopes Ellis will be 100% next season. … Besides Giroux, the Panthers also acquired defenseman Robert Hagg, who the Flyers sent to the Sabers in the Rasmus Ristolainen.