PAUL HOLMGREN is not very fond of the NHL's trade deadline.

Last year, on Feb. 27, hockey's annual frenzy came and went without the Flyers actively participating. The Flyers general manager made his moves in the weeks prior, adding Nick Grossmann and Pavel Kubina.

The year before last, on Feb. 28, 2011, the Flyers barely snuck a trade under the 3 o'clock wire with Tom Sestito joining the crew from Columbus.

For as much as there is a perception of the Flyers making franchise-altering trades at the deadline, there have only been two since 2000: Dan Carcillo for Scottie Upshall in 2009 and nearly an entire draft's worth of picks in 2002 for playoff rental Adam Oates.

Expect the Flyers to continue that trend on Wednesday, which could shape up to be one of the most quiet trade deadline days in recent memory, with so few big names on the market. All trade calls must be established with the league office by 3 p.m.

The Flyers' market took a significant hit on Tuesday when San Jose dealt forward Ryane Clowe to the Rangers for three draft picks. The Flyers were in the mix for Clowe, but were not a finalist among Vancouver and New York. Clowe chose the Rangers using his no-trade clause rights.