After losing to the New York Rangers 2-1 on Wednesday night, the Flyers have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have begun their offseason. While it is still early to tell what the Flyers are going to do now that their season has ended. One has to ask; will the Flyers keep or fire Paul Holmgren? It seems that bad karma has been Paul Holmgren’s best friend over the past 3 years regarding some of the decisions he has made manning the Flyer’s team roster.
During the 2010-2011 season, the Flyers reached the playoffs but lost in the semifinals to the Boston Bruins. At the end of the season, Paul Holmgren made the decision to trade star players, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Carter went to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jake Voracek and two draft picks. Richards went to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn and a draft pick. During the 2011-2012 season, the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup. The Flyers made the playoffs that year, but lost in the semifinals to the New Jersey Devils.
Another trade that Paul Holmgren made was trading young goalie Sergei Bobrovsky after the 2012 season to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sergei Brobrovsky ended up winning the Vezina Trophy at the end of the 2012-2013 season. Yet, another bitter taste in the mouth’s of Flyers fans.
At the end of the 2011 season, Daniel Carcillo went to play for the Chicago Blackhawks for 2 years. After that stint, Carcillo went to play for the LA Kings who later traded him to the NY Rangers for a draft pick. Daniel Carcillo scored the first goal in game 7 of the Easter Conference Quarterfinals thus, sending the momentum to the Rangers side.
Over the years, it seems Holmgren’s decisions have backfired or have resulted in disastrous outcomes. I have to admit Holmgren made a good choice in acquiring goalie, Steve Mason, from the Blue Jackets and getting young forwards Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds from the LA Kings. Obviously Holmgren’s position rests in the hands of owner Ed Snider who will ultimately decide whether to keep him or let him go.
On the bright side, Coach Craig Berube deserves a lot of credit. He was able to effectively implement his system after the Flyers fired Peter Laviolette and was able to take the Flyers from a 1-7 start to the playoffs. I am optimistic about how the team will look when training camp starts and what Coach Berube will do now that he has hold of the reigns and a full offseason.
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