NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Sharks offer Antti Niemi for James van Riemsdyk

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers falls into the goal over Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Flyers already pay their goalies more money than any other team in the NHL, but they're clearly not exactly getting the best bang for that buck right now. So, the San Jose Sharks are trying to help them out. Or something.

According to TSN, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is big on Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk, and he's offered goaltender Antti Niemi for him. (Not sure if that's on its own or as part of a package.) It's a nice try by Wilson, but Holmgren doesn't really have a choice here: He made the investment in Bryzgalov and has to run with it now.

There are plenty of teams interested in van Riemsdyk, but it seems pretty clear that the Flyers aren't going to let him go easily.

For more on today's deadline, check in with the ongoing StoryStream over on SBNation.com.

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