Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren needs to be axed, and fast, to say the least.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s made some excellent moves as GM of the team; a role in which he took over in late October of 2006, for his predecessor and former teammate Bobby Clarke. But his bad, yet bonehead moves have outweighed his good moves, and by a long stretch. I think most fellow Flyers’ fans (and/or writers) would agree with me on this, based off of written protests, statements and insults towards him.
Since his first full season as GM in 2007, the team has made the playoffs all but one year, winning a division title in 2011, and making the Stanley Cup Finals and coming up only two wins short of a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010, the year prior. He’s shown to be a very trade-happy manager, which can work in a team’s advantage, and against them as well just as much.
Holmgren brought in the eccentric netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, via a trade from Phoenix, in June of 2011. The team subsequently signed him to a big nine-year, $51 million dollar contract deal soon after they acquired his rights.
Speaking of trades, in order to acquire Bryzgalov, he made perhaps the two biggest trades of his career as GM, in trading star captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round draft pick. Additionally, that same day (June 23rd) the team sent sniper Jeff Carter packing to Columbus, in exchange for Jakub Voracek, and two draft picks: a first and third round pick in 2011.