Bend the skate with your mind

A couple of trades to announce in the NHL tonight! Just probably not with players you care too much about. Unless they’re your favorite player for your favorite team. In which case, sorry, you’re not going to like it.

First up we have a defenceman heading to Philly, just not the one you may have thought. Nicklas Grossman was traded from Dallas to the Flyers tonight, netting a second round pick in 2012 and a third round pick in 2013.

Next, we have the San Jose Sharks adding some depth as they picked up Dominic Moore from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a second rounder in 2012.

There’s no job security this year for the poor second rounder in 2012. All in all these are two nice pieces for two teams who were looking for depth to gear up for the stretch run.

The Flyers are getting a solid, physical defenceman in Grossman who is not afraid to lay the body down or block a shot. It remains to be seen how many minutes he’ll play and what the Fyers have in store for him. All in all though, he’s a good role playing defenceman who is willing to do the little things to keep the puck out.

Here’s Paul Holmgren on Grossman via Tim Panaccio of

“He’s a good, solid defensive-defenseman who can help kill penalties,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “He’s a guy who can chew up minutes.”

“We’ve struggled in a lot of areas lately,” Holmgren said. “That’s certainly –penalty kill – is one of them. Nick has developed over time in Dallas. He’s still a good, young player.

“I think he’s going to give us a boost in our own zone. He makes a good first pass. He’s not a guy who is going to put up a lot of points.”

“That kinda goes both ways – Nicklas has to see whether he likes it here,” Holmgren said. “We certainly like him. He’s a guy we’ve talked about last few weeks.”

As far as Moore to the Sharks, I love this deal for San Jose. They get a guy who is will be solid on the draw, play special teams and bring secondary scoring to your team. When you factor in that he’ll be slotted in behind Joe Thornton-Logan Couture-Torrey Mitchell it’s hard not to be scared of San Jose down the stretch. There aren’t many fourth line centers in the NHL better than Dominic Moore.

Here’s Doug Wilson’s very brief opinion on the Moore acquisition.

“Dominic is an extremely versatile player that has performed in a lot of important playoff games the last two years,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “We feel that he is a great fit in several areas and his veteran presence will benefit our team greatly.”

Other cool thing: Tampa Bay and San Jose are playing tonight. Should be a quick goodbye and hello in Tampa.

What do you think of these deals Backhand Shelfers? To steep a price? To poor an acquisition? Love the trades forever? Let us know. Tweet with #BShelf. Comment below. Say hi on Facebook.