Paul Holmgren

Mid-season grade on Holmgren’s 2013-2014 offseason moves

Back on July 5, the first day of free agency, I wrote an article praising Paul Holmgren for his offseason acquisitions. A couple of months later, the Flyers signed Matt Read to an extension, which I felt desired even further praise. Now that we are 38 games into an 82 game season, I wanted to take a look back at each of this past offseason’s moves and see how they have fared until this point. 1) Mark Streit – 4 years $5.25 million cap hit The Flyers traded for the rights of the impending unrestricted free agent and signed him to …

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Game 38 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Edmonton Oilers

Philadelphia Flyers (17-16-4) @ Edmonton Oilers (13-24-3), 10:00pm, CSN-Philly/CBC Ilya Bryzgalov may have called it “just another game,” but you have to wonder if the Philadelphia Flyers will look at the contest in the same way. If it wasn’t for the acquisition of Bryzgalov the Flyers wouldn’t have Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, or Brayden Schenn and still have Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. The Russian goaltender was the reason Paul Holmgren made his bold decisions on June 23, 2011. Whether you agree with Holmgren’s decisions or not, these transactions were made to acquire a goalie that was supposed …

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Game 37 Preview: Minnesota Wild @ Philadelphia Flyers

After a disappointing third period effort in Columbus, Philadelphia returns to the Wells Fargo Center to face Minnesota before the three-day Christmas break takes effect.  Minnesota has lost 7 of their last 8 on the road, so you know what that means..   Minnesota Wild (20-13-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (16-16-4), 7:30 PM EST TV: NBCSN, TSN2, CSN-PH RECORDS: Minnesota Wild: 20-13-5 Away: 6-10-3 vs. Eastern Conference: 9-6-2 vs. Metropolitan Division: 4-3-1 Philadelphia Flyers: 16-16-4 Home: 10-7-0 vs. Western Conference: 3-6-1 vs. Central Division: 2-3-1 GAME 37 PREVIEW: The Philadelphia Flyers (16-16-4) play host to another central division playoff-picture team in …

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Flyperbole: Rumor Ruminations on Max Pacioretty, 2015 Winter Classic

MAX POWER The New York Post’s Larry Brooks dropped a bomb on the rumor world on Sunday morning, claiming that the Montreal Canadiens are willing to trade left winger Max Pacioretty. According to Brooks, the 25-year-old winger “apparently isn’t Michel Therrien’s ideal”. This strikes most people as crazy talk, mainly due to the fact that Pacioretty has a great six-year, $27 million contract, with a cap hit of $4.5 million a season. So who are the main suitors for Pacioretty? None other than the Islanders and Flyers. Now, one would think that the Islanders would be done trying to acquire big …

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Flight Plan: One at Home, Six On The Road

The Philadelphia Flyers ended up with five of a possible eight points last week in two home-and-home sets with new divisional rivals the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers scored a total of 17 goals last week, and scored north of two goals in all four contests. Unfortunately, they also allowed 17 goals, eight of which came in third periods over the course of the week. In games where both teams have a chance to win going into the third period, the best teams find ways to win games in the final frame. That trait has eluded …