Philadelphia Flyers: Is Paul Holmgren Lucky to Still Have His Job?

March 10th, 2012 by Ian Barry Leave a reply »
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is viewed by many fans as a genius. His trades have worked out, for the most part, but he is really lucky to still have his job.

The Flyers were in the conference finals two seasons ago, which proves that the team was close to being complete. During the offseason, however, Holmgren decided to trade away captain Mike Richards and goal scorer Jeff Carter for some very young prospects.

Holmgren decided to trade away the two young pillars that the team was built around. When Richards and Carter were traded away, the Flyers received very inexperienced players in return. Not only did Holmgren get a group of young players for his two superstars, he made some free-agent moves as well.

Holmgren brought in goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and signed the 31-year-old goalie to a massive nine-year deal. During the offseason, Holmgren also signed the aging superstar Jaromir Jagr for his return to the NHL.

Starting the 2011-12 season, the Flyers had high hopes because they believed they finally had the elite goalie they had always wanted. While on the surface the Flyers were confident with their roster, the tea ...

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