Philadelphia Flyers Debunk Offseason Skepticism of Paul Holmgren’s Judgement

November 18th, 2011 by Joe Russomanno Leave a reply »
After disposing of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter via trades last June, Philadelphia Flyers fans  thought their team was done for—that Paul Holmgren had lost his mind, much like he did behind the Flyers' bench as head coach once upon a time.

People who follow the team in depth knew there was a method to Holmgren's madness.  We knew the trades were actually an addition via subtraction.

And while none of the players acquired in the trades may actually fill the skates left vacant by Richards and Carter, rookie Sean Couturier may have something to say about that. 

The new guys will provide a nice backdrop to the rising stars already in the Flyers' ranks.

Pundits ridiculed Homer saying the Flyers would struggle to score and couldn't possibly compete with the likes of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. 

They said the Flyers wouldn't be able to score without Richards and Carter, that James Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux wouldn't be able to score on opposing teams' top defenses, and that Philly would struggle to make the playoffs.

Apparently, they paid too much attention to fantasy leag ...

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