Homer’s Do’s and Doh’s: Our favorite and least favorite deals under Paul Holmgren

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Paul Holmgren became the interim General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006. That interim title was removed only weeks later on November 11. Holmgren was able to take a team that finished last in the National Hockey League, and rebuild it to make a deep run all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals the very next season.

Yes, some of Holmgren’s moves have been amazing, but he’s also a guy who has gotten this organization into some hot water with the salary cap and was forced to make deals that were head scratchers to say the least.

A few weeks ago, our very own Kevin C and Steve J deliberated over which one of Paul’s moves was his absolute best. But what  about the moves Homer’s made of which we’re not so fond? I mean hey, nobody ever really liked Randy Jones all that much, did they? But losing him on re-entry waivers? Sweet Jeebus that was a rough one.

Well if you liked that little back-and-forth, and you enjoyed our Dazzlers and Duds polltastic tournament feature, we’ve got another one all lined up for you. Flyers Faithful proudly presents Homer’s Do’s and Doh’s: Our Favorite and Least Favorite Deals Under Paul Holmgren (title courtesy of Steve J).

Starting Monday, November 19, there will be a single bracket with 32 trades, signings, and waiver-wire claims and losses, to determine exactly which deal everyone thinks is Holmgren’s best so far, his less than favorable so far, and whether the good outweighs the bad or vice-versa.

I don’t think anyone can deny that it’s been a real entertaining and exciting time in Flyers history with Holmgren at the helm. That’s a fact. But is Holmgren the king of exchange swinging, or does his penchant for quick fixes get him into more trouble than he’s worth?

Note: These lists are in no particular order and they are by no means exhaustive. Unfortunately, we can’t include everything, but we’ve done our best to include the transactions we felt our readers would most like to vote on.

Here are the lists of our favorite moves:

1. Alexi Zhitnik to Atlanta Thrashers for Braydon Coburn

2. Peter Forsberg to Nashville Predators for Ryan Parent, Scottie Upshall, and 2007 first- round pick

3. 2007 second-round pick to Buffalo Sabres for Martin Biron

4. 2007 first-round pick back to Nashville Predators for Kimmo Timonen’s and Scott Hartnell’s signing rights

5. Joni Pitkanen, Geoff Sanderson, and 2009 third-round pick to Edmonton Oilers for Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul

6.  RJ Umberger and 2008 fourth-round pick to Columbus Blue Jackets for 2008 first-round pick (Luca Sbisa) and 2008 third-round pick (Marc-Andre Bourdon)

7. Steve Eminger, Steve Downie, and 2009 fourth-round pick to Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Carle and 2009 third-round pick (Simon Bertilsson)

8. Danny Briere signing

9. Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, 2009 first-round pick, 2010 first-round pick, and 2010 or 2011 conditional third-round pick to Anaheim Ducks for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle

10. Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and 2011 fifth-round pick to Detroit Red Wings for Ville Leino

11. 2011 second-round pick to Tampa Bay Lightning for Andrej Meszaros

12. Claude Giroux extension

13. Mike Richards and Rob Bordson to Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and 2012 second-round pick

14. Jeff Carter to Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, 2011 first-round pick (Sean Couturier), and 2011 thrd-round pick (Nick Cousins)

15. Matt Read signing

16. Jaromir Jagr signing

And our least favorite:

1. 2008 first-round pick (Jon Carlson) to Washington Capitals for Steve Eminger and 2008 third-round pick

2. Drafting Garrett Klotz

3. Danny Briere signing

4. Scottie Upshall and 2011 second-round pick to Phoenix Coyotes for Daniel Carcillo

5. Randy Jones lost to Los Angeles Kings via re-entry waivers

6. Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, 2009 first-round pick, 2010 first-round pick, and 2010 or 2011 conditional third-round pick to Anaheim Ducks for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle

7. Chris Pronger extension

8. Michael Leighton Extension

9. Simon Gagne to Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Walker and 2011 fourth-round pick

10. 2011 first-round pick and 2011 third-round pick to Toronto Maple Leafs for Kris Versteeg

11. Jody Shelley signing

12. Nikolay Zherdev signing

13. Mike Richards and Rob Bordson to Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and 2012 second-round pick

14. Andreas Nodl lost to Carolina Hurricanes via waivers

15. Andreas Lilja signing

16. Ilya Bryzgalov trade-and-sign

Right or wrong? Better or worse? You decide!

  • http://twitter.com/GeoffDetweiler Geoff Detweiler

    Small quibble, but it was Ilya Bryzgalov trade-and-sign, not sign-and-trade.

    I love this idea, btw.

    • http://www.flyersfaithful.com/ Kevin Christmann

      Good catch Geoff, thanks!