Mar 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul holmgren unveils a painting honoring Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44) for playing in his 1000th NHL game in his career at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers Trade Paul Holmgren And Ed Snider To Sixers For Sam Hinkie

Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

That headline would put a permanent smile on my face had it been true. And really, the Sixers probably deserve more compensation, like a “whiz-with” cheesesteak from Dalessandro’s on Henry Avenue.


But, enough with the comic relief, let’s get down to brass tacks.

This past week Philadelphia sports fans witnessed two amateur drafts in the NHL and the NBA. The Flyers and 76ers took their turns choosing which young players they feel will eventually lead them to their respective championships. What was impressive was the steps the Sixers new GM, Sam Hinkie, took in order to build what he thinks is a championship caliber franchise. His plan stands in stark contrast to the reload mentality that has existed within the Flyers franchise even before Paul Holmgren took over. A mentality that has to be directly attributable to Flyers chariman Ed Snider.

Sam Hinke has the nuggets, the gusto, THE TESTICULAR FORTITUDE to do something that the Flyers have needed to do for a long time now, A COMPLETE TEAR DOWN. Hinkie sent the best player the 76ers had last year in the 23 year-old Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for the 6th overall pick in the 2013 draft and a protected 1st round pick in the 2014 NBA draft. The Sixers selected Nerlens Noel with the pick acquired for Holiday and Michael Carter-Williams with their 11th overall pick. It’s not really important though who they picked but that it shows that Hinkie has a vision for the future of his franchise. And in that vision, he understands that in order for there to be new growth, there needs to be a fire.

Sometimes in order for a franchise to improve, that franchise must be willing to be bad. Phillies fans were constantly taking jabs at Ed Wade when he was the Phillies general manager but had to eat crow when players he selected in the MLB draft gave this city its last Championship team in 2008 when they won the World Series. Players like Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard, and Cole Hamels were selected by Wade during a period in Phillies baseball that was hard to watch but allowed the franchise the opportunity to improve through the draft. Ed Wade understood that the Phillies couldn’t take on unnecessary payroll by overpaying veterans, something current Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. loves to do. Wade’s approach to improving the Phillies through the draft and being frugal with salaries ultimately succeeded even though for some reason Pat Gillick seems to get all the credit for the team’s success in 2008.

In recent days the Flyers have been linked to certified crazy person and Stanley Cup winning goaltender Tim Thomas. The news that the Flyers are actually interested in this guy deeply disturbs me. He has been out of professional hockey for a year now after taking a hiatus, is 39 years old, and if you were concerned with how much of a distraction Ilya Bryzgalov was with his mouth hole, Tim Thomas might be even worse.

I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom.

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

That was something Tim Thomas decided to share on his Facebook account which coincided with this explanation of why he didn’t visit the White House when the Boston Bruins visited after winning the 2011 Stanley Cup. So in addition to possibly seeing this knucklehead in Orange and Black the Flyers also decided to sign 36 year-old defenseman Mark Streit to a 4 year deal. So right now the Flyers have a geriatric blue line, no idea who their starting goaltender is going to be, and no clue what the identity of this team is.

This Flyers offseason has only reinforced my argument I’ve been making to my fellow Flyers friends that Paul Holmgren has become a completely incompetent GM. His one moment of clarity was when he went all in on Chris Pronger. That turned into a Stanley Cup Finals appearance but once Pronger got concussed, the team seemingly fell apart at the seams. After striking out with highly sought free agents Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, and Zach Parise it seems like Holmgren is panicking. He knows that if the Flyers don’t end up making the playoffs again this year that he will be likely out of a job.

Unfortunately with Ed Snider still as Flyers chairman, I don’t foresee a change in philosophy when it comes to the Flyers. This is why I want them to make this trade for Sam Hinkie. I hate to use the cliché but the Flyers need someone to think outside of the box.  The Flyers cannot afford to run this team any longer like they’re playing NHL 13 with trade override turned on. I’m willing to wait for a Stanley Cup. I won’t accept beating the Penguins in the playoffs as a consolation prize to having a parade down Broad Street anymore.

And then this just happened.

Good thing we have all that cap space.


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  • DeVan Dineen

    THIS ARTICLE IS PATHETIC. Tim Thomas is a perfect fit. Age means nothing for goalies. Just look how well an injured Osgood played in 2008. Also Broduer just played in a cup finals at 40.

    Your comment about the 76ers trading their “best player”… and stating the Flyers did nothing was hilariously pathetic. What did the Flyers do?
    - Traded their top 2 Franchise Players / Forwards / Captain
    - Traded & Cut their top 2 and only Goalies
    - Traded the 2007 #2 Overall Draft Pick
    - Cut Danny B.

    Who did we get from all this? Probably one of the best up and coming goalies there is, hence why Tim Thomas is a perfect fit.

    DO YOUR RESEARCH: Anthony Stolarz.

    • DeVan Dineen

      Based on your horrific write up I can tell your lazy so here is your much needed and lacking info of young talent from a draft pick we got from Bob.

      He’s the starting Goalie for the OHL London Knights who advanced to the Memorial Cup, before falling short. Stolarz finished the playoffs with a 13-5 record, 2.53 GAA and .923 save percentage.

      Stolarz is considered the front-runner to be Team USA’s starter at the World Junior Championships in December. He was at their goaltender evaluation camp in Ann Arbor, Mich., 2 weeks ago.

  • Bear Canney

    So Bobrovsky just won the Vezina and re-signed to a very reasonable extension and we got a POTENTIAL #1 goaltender. I don’t sense that we’ve come out ahead unless Stolarz wins some hardware down the line.

    To your point concerning Bryz, I don’t see how that strengthens your argument. He was let go 2 years into his 9 year deal. Seems like a failure of management to sign a guy to that much money to turn around after just 2 years to release him.

    And now we are in the midst of a salary cap crisis when we have contract extensions coming up for Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier.

    And what of Mark Streit’s 4 year deal, the fact that Braydon Coburn is on the block, and that Mezsaros is probably on his way out to? My point to this article was to show the volatility and uncertainty surrounding this franchise right now. There is no cohesion or apparent vision when it comes to the identity of this team. Paul Holmgren is systematically destroying the long term future of this franchise with his fantasy hockey style of managing.

  • DeVan Dineen

    I felt this article was more about the Flyers 2013 draft and recent FA signings as a sign the Flyers are not rebuilding. That’s just not true and unlike the NBA or MLB it’s not as noticeable unless you do the research and keep tabs on our draft class.

    For example:
    When JVR was drafted #2 overall he played the following year at the University of New Hampshire knowing he was already an NHL player. For the NBA it’s the exact opposite, you go to college then declare for the draft and move on into their systems. NHL players and draft classes end up all over the place playing in Canada, Russia, D1 Hockey etc.

    The Flyers are certainly rebuilding and are doing a great job. Players like Thomas, Vinny, and whoever are just fulfilling the role to mentor our young talent and wont be around long when extensions come around.

    Vinny will be traded back to Tampa when that time comes. Tampa just couldn’t afford to keep paying him the most ridiculous salary in the NHL. Streit is needed. As the Isles former Captain he will fufill a Pronger typer role for us with all our young D prospects. He is needed big time considering that every played drafted this year was D and 4 of 7 players drafted in 2012 were also D Men.