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?
We’ve been doing these polls every weekday for the past two weeks and it’s been incredible! We’ve had some pretty close match-ups and some interesting outcomes to be certain.
The selections for the final four are:
2007 1st round pick back to Nashville Predators for Kimmo Timonen’s and Scott Hartnell’s signing rights
Jeff Carter to Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, 2011 first-round pick (Sean Couturier), and 2011 thrd-round pick (Nick Cousins)
Scottie Upshall and 2011 2nd round pick to Phoenix Coyotes for Daniel Carcillo
Simon Gagne to Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Walker and 2011 fourth-round pick
This epic poll tournament will conclude next week where you will decide what Paul Holmgren deal during his tenure as the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers was your favorite on Monday, December 10, what was your least favorite on Tuesday, December 11th, and finally whether or not the good outweighs the bad on Wednesday, December 12th!
Here is the Flyers Faithful Homer’s Do’s and Doh’s Final Four bracket: