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.
If 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.
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?
The Giroux extension took down the Leino trade, while the Gagne trade decimated the Shelley signing.
Jeff Carter to Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, 2011 first-round pick (Sean Couturier), and 2011 thrd-round pick (Nick Cousins)
write-up courtesy of Marc Siciliano
Jeff Carter is a pretty good hockey player, but it just wasn’t working for him in Philadelphia. That came to a head when both he and Mike Richards were traded on June 23, 2011. The thing is, you won’t find many people questioning the trade of #17 like you will the trade of #18, a sentiment seemingly felt even before the emergence of Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins.
Paul Holmgren fleeced the Blue Jackets. You can argue that Jakub Voracek and the 3rd that was Nick Cousins might even have been enough to make this trade a win, but the icing on the cake is the 8th overall pick that turned into Sean Couturier. At just 19 years of age, he could prove to be the best player in a trade that happened before he even entered the league.
Filed under the laughable category: also there to potentially draft was blue chip defensive prospect Dougie Hamilton, a prospect the Flyers apparently considered. With his projected future as a franchise defensemen, you have to think he’ll give Jack Johnson a run for his money as the better long-term defensemen – a thought that can’t help Blue Jackets fans sleep at night. But at least you have the All-Star game coming up? Never mind, that just got cancelled. Sorry Jackets fans!
Matt Read Signing
write-up courtesy of KimPollock
Paul Holmgren really hit it out of the park when he signed Bemidji State University product Matt Read to a three-year free agent contract back in March of 2011. Read made the final team roster in October and proceeded to have a terrific rookie season. He scored 47 points in 79 regular-season games (and another 5 in 11 postseason matchups), was an All-Star rookie, and a Calder Trophy hopeful. With 24 goals, he led all NHL rookies in that category. Read’s vision, speed, and overall talent on the ice made him a solid fixture on a young, re-formed Flyers team, and judging by the 19 points he’s scored in 13 games with Södertälje SK (damn lockout), it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll suffer a sophomore slump if the NHL returns this season
Which Paul Holmgren deal was better?
- Jeff Carter to Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, 2011 1st round pick (Sean Couturier), and 2011 3rd round pick (Nick Cousins) (90%, 19 Votes)
- Matt Read signing (10%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 21
Andreas Nodl lost to Carolina Hurricanes via waivers
write-up courtesy of Kevin Christmann
My distaste for the waiving and subsequent claiming by Carolina of Andreas Nodl has little to do with hockey. Nodl was not an exceptional player. There were legitimate reasons for wanting to be rid of him. Frankly, Nodl was probably surpassed on the depth chart by better, younger, cheaper players. He could no longer be freely sent to the AHL. By being rid of him the Flyers could free up a contract spot, a little bit of cap space, and give Nodl an opportunity in another organization. That all makes perfect sense to me.
My problem is…”gauging interest”. Yes, “gauging interest”. Paul Holmgren stated that Nodl was waived so that they could “gauge interest” in him. Somebody please tell me how that makes any sense whatsoever?
What are the two potential outcomes here?
1) If there is no interest, he is not claimed. You have learned there is no interest, and you still have the player.
2) If there is interest, he will be claimed (who wouldn’t want a player they were interested in, for free?). You have learned there is interest, and you no longer have the player.
My number one requirement of a General Manager is to effectively manage their assets. Based on the information that Paul Holmgren gave us, the waiving of Nodl was the opposite of that.
What he should have said/done:
Let’s gauge interest: we made some calls, not much happened,we couldn’t work something out; so we decided to waive him. It opens up a contract spot, a little space, and it gives Nodl a chance somewhere.
What he DID say/do:
Let’s gauge interest: I’ll waive him.
Ilya Bryzgalov trade-and-sign
write-up courtesy of Estebomb
The Flyers have had goaltending problems for almost as long as I’ve been alive. It seems like the club’s eternal fate to suffer through subpar goaltending. After shuffling around 3 (!) goalies in the 2011 playoffs, Ed Snider had seen his fill. He had Paul Holmgren acquire the most highly touted goalie on the market, Ilya Bryzgalov. Naturally, in the grand Flyers tradition, Bryzgalov has been a mixed bag at best. He benefited from a terrific defense in Phoenix with the added benefit of little to no media scrutiny. The system and pressure have been completely different in Philadelphia. This isn’t even considering his monster contract, a 9 year, $51 million (a lovely $5.667 million per season cap hit) albatross. Bryz’s contact is a common suggestion for a possible amnesty and one that certainly cripples the team’s ability to sign future free agents. This isn’t even considering that Bryz is nicely described as “unstable”. Why you heff to be mad? Because Ilya Bryzgalov’s contract is awful.
Which Paul Holmgren deal was worse?
- Ilya Bryzgalov trade and sign (68%, 13 Votes)
- Andreas Nodl lost to Carolina Hurricanes via Waivers (32%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 19