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Video: Flyers’ Grossmann suffers an upper body injury

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The Philadelphia Flyers are down to five defensemen for the remainder of the game as Nicklas Grossmann left late in the first period tonight against the Washington Capitals.

Grossmann took a hit from Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson and the club announced soon after that he had suffered an upper body injury.

The 29-year-old left the game with 1:41 left in the first after receiving a penalty for delay of game.

Grossmann, who has appeared in all 40 games this season, has three goals and five assists while averaging 18:25 in ice time.

Flyers’ Meszaros to have back surgery, out 6-8 weeks

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Via CSNPhilly.com, the Flyers announced today that defenseman Andrej Meszaros will have back surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

A small disc fragment in Meszaros’ lower back will be removed in the procedure that, based on the timeline provided by the club, will keep him out of the lineup until at least the beginning of May. That would mean he’ll miss the first round of the playoffs and possibly more.

Meszaros averages over 20 minutes a game and is third among Philadelphia blue-liners with 25 points, so this is a significant loss that’s coupled with the fact Chris Pronger is out for the season.

Fortunately for the Flyers, general manager Paul Holmgren was able to acquire defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman prior to the trade deadline. Otherwise they’d be seriously thin on the back end heading into the postseason.

Of note, Kubina remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. And it would seem the club is being fairly tight-lipped about his status.


Ilya Bryzgalov is the NHL’s First Star of the Week…again

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It’s Ilya Bryzgalov’s universe.

The rest of us are just living in it.

For the second consecutive week, the Philadelphia Flyers goalie was named the NHL’s first star — this time after posting a 3-0-1 record while allowing just six goals, pushing the Flyers to within three points of the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers.

“He’s got his swagger back,” Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann told NHL.com. “He’s been real good. This is the way we need him to play.”

Bryzgalov is the first player this season to be named First Star in back-to-back weeks.

Second star went to another oft-scrutinized goalie — Chicago’s Corey Crawford. Despite starting the week bolted to the pine, he notched three wins for the red-hot Blackhawks while allowing just three goals. Crawford came off the bench to relieve an ineffective Ray Emery (three goals on six shots) against St. Louis last Tuesday, backstopping the ‘Hawks to a 4-3 comeback win. He then proceeded to register victories over Dallas and Washington, pushing Chicago within four points of Nashville for fourth place in the West.

Speaking of Nashville, third star of the week went to Predators forward Martin Erat. He had 2G-5A-7PTS as the Preds went 2-1-1 last week, including being in on three goals in Tuesday’s big 5-4 win over Phoenix.  The 30-year-old Czech now has 18G-38A-56PTS this year, one point shy of a career high set in 2006-07 and 1007-08.

Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is now Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann

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From the “Why didn’t you say anything earlier?” file…

The Philadelphia Flyers made a jersey modification on Tuesday, adding an “N” to the surname of defenseman Nicklas Grossmann. Even though he’s been playing in the NHL for six seasons as “Nicklas Grossman,” a secret has been in hiding.

From NHL.com:

“I just started off and they put it on the wrong way and I just kept it like that,” he told reporters following the Flyers’ morning skate. “My dad said something a while ago, why is it spelled wrong, and I said that’s the way it came and I didn’t change it.”

It was Flyers Director of Team Services Bryan Hardenbergh who noticed recently that Grossman’s name was spelled one way on his jersey and a different way on his passport.

“He (Hardenbergh) came up to me and said I notice your name (on your jersey) is a little different than what’s in your passport and I said that (the passport) is what it should be,” Grossman said. “He said we can change it for you, so I said OK.”

Glad that’s resolved. Hopefully it won’t take another six years for Grossmann to reveal his first name is actually Gary.

PHT’s NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

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Monday, Feb. 27 is the final day for NHL teams to make trades for the 2011-12 regular season. The deadline is set for 3PM ET — be sure to check back here often as PHT will update the tracker throughout the day.

Here’s a complete list of all trades since Feb. 16:

source: Getty Images

Feb. 27 (Note: There were 16 trades involving 32 players on deadline day)

To Anaheim: D Mark Fraser
To Toronto: RW Dale Mitchell (link)

To Vancouver: RW Andrew Gordon
To Anaheim: D Sebastien Erixson (link)

To Vancouver: RW Zack Kassian,
To Buffalo: C Cody Hodgson (link)

To Vancouver: Marc-Andre Gragnani
To Buffalo: Alexander Sulzer (link)

To Nashville: C Paul Gaustad, 2012 4th-round pick
To Buffalo: 2012 1st-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: D John Scott
To Chicago: 2012 5th-round pick (link)

To Boston: D Greg Zanon
To Minnesota: D Steve Kampfer (link)

To Boston: RW Brian Rolston, D Mike Mottau
To New York Islanders: RW Yannick Riendeau, D Marc Cantin (link)

To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
To Winnipeg: 2013 2nd- and 3rd-round picks (link)

To San Jose: C Daniel Winnik, C T.J. Galiardi, 2012 7th-round pick
To Colorado: LW Jamie McGinn (link)

To Tampa Bay: D  Brian Lee
To Ottawa: D Matt Gilroy (link)

To Vancouver: C Samuel Pahlsson
To Columbus: D Taylor Ellinlgton, Two 2012 4th-round picks (link)

To Tampa Bay: D Keith Aulie
To Toronto: RW Carter Ashton (link)

To Edmonton: D Nick Schultz
To Minnesota: D Tom Gilbert (link)

To Tampa Bay: D Mike Commodore
To Detroit: Cond. 2013 7th-round pick (link)

To Nashville: RW Andrei Kostitsyn
To Montreal: 2013 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 26

To Ottawa: G Ben Bishop
To St. Louis: 2013 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 25

To Florida: LW Wojtek Wolski
To New York Rangers: D Mike Vernace, 2013 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 24

To New Jersey: D Marek Zidlicky
To Minnesota: D Kurtis Foster, RW Nick Palmieri, LW Stephane Veilleux, 2012 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 3rd-round pick (link)

To Florida: C Jerred Smithson
To Nashville: 2012 6th-round pick (link)

Feb. 23

To Los Angeles: C Jeff Carter
To Columbus: D Jack Johnson, Cond. 1st-round pick (link)

Feb. 22

To Phoenix: C Antoine Vermette
To Columbus: 2012 2nd-round pick, 2013 5th-round pick, G Curtis McElhinney (link)

Feb. 21

To Detroit: D Kyle Quincey
To Tampa Bay: 2012 1st-round pick, D Sebastien Piche (link)

To Colorado: RW Steve Downie
To Tampa Bay: D Kyle Quincey (link)

To Tampa Bay: RW Brandon Segal
To Chicago: F Matt Fornataro (link)

Feb. 17

To Philadelphia: D Pavel Kubina
To Tampa Bay: LW Jon Kalinski, 2013 2nd-round pick, Cond. 2013 4th-round pick (link)

To Nashville: D Hal Gill, 2013 5th-round pick
To Montreal: C Blake Geoffrion, LW Robert Slaney, 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 16

To San Jose: C Dominic Moore, 2012 7th-round pick
To Tampa Bay: 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: D Nicklas Grossman
To Dallas: 2012 2nd-round pick (link)

To Edmonton: D Bryan Rodney
To Anaheim: C Ryan O’Marra (link)