The Flyers push for the playoffs has begun, but they didn't stand pat on deadline day, dealing for a pair of forwards to add depth for the stretch run.

Veterans Derek Grant and Nate Thompson add more depth to their offense for the final 20 game push to the playoffs as they try to gain home ice in the postseason.

Grant comes to the Flyers from Anaheim, were he has scored a career-high 14 goals this season , with 20 points in 49 games. He adds depth to both the center and wing spots.

As for Thompson, 35, who comes over from Montreal, he kills penalties and he's great on the draw.

Adding two veteran pieces for very low cost is a solid move for Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher.

"We like out team," Fletcher stated in a Monday press conference. "We liked our team before today. Our players have earned the right not only to add some additions at the deadline, but to also keep their roles. We weren't looking to overhaul our team, we weren't looking to make dramatic changes, to me the summer is the best time to do that."

"We think if we can get in, and we added some bits and pieces that are useful in a final push think this is all positive, now we have to figure out where all the pieces go and help our team win," added head coach Alain Vigneault.

Those pieces still don't include Nolan Patrick, who took part in practice, but it's still unclear when he will be ready to return. Patrick hasn't been cleared to take contact, but he's and the Flyers are still optimistic that he will play at some point this season.

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