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Originally Posted by phillyfanatic View Post
At the entry draft in 2003, the strongest draft in league history, the Flyers have the 11th and 24th overall pick. They take Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. In 2006 our first round pick is Claude Giroux. We have a strong young team, but after the lockout, we have the worst season in Flyer History finishing last in the NHL.

Holmgren was put in charge October 22nd 2006 replacing a burnt out Bobby Clarke. Hitchcock is fired the same day and replaced with John Stevens. At the trade deadline in February 2007, Holmgren trades Forsberg for Parent, Upshall and a 1st and 3rd rounder, trades Zhitnik to Atlanta for Coburn, trades Calder to Chicago for Kukkonen and a 3rd rounder, trades a 2nd to Buffalo for Martin Biron. We get the 2nd overall pick and draft James Van Riemsdyk. In the summer of 2007 we trade Nashvilles 1st rounder back to them for Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell and quickly lock them up to long term deals – this is the first time a trade is made for the “rights” to soon to be UFA’s. Daniel Briere is signed for 6.5 million per year, he is the top free agent of the year - Gomez and Drury sign in New York for 7.5 million per. This is the first deal in the NHL that is “front loaded” meaning that Briere will make the majority of his money in the first 5 years of his deal and signs for less than market value. At the draft we trade up in the 2nd round to get Kevin Marshall, trade Joni Pitkanen and Geoff Sanderson to Edmonton for Lupol and Jason Smith, trade Eager for Vandermeer and a 3rd rounder for Modry.

At the deadline in 2008, we ship Vandermeer to Calgary for their third round pick and trade Alex Picard and a 2nd round pick to Tampa for Prospal. Some say because Stevens has since been fired he was a bad choice. On the contrary, Stevens was a players coach and was given Terry Murray to help with the nuances of the job - this combination helped the Flyers go from last in the NHL to the conference finals in one year.

In the summer of 08, Prospal is traded for a couple of picks (one of whom is our future goalie in Joacim Eriksson), Umberger is traded for a 1st and 3rd rounder (Sbiza and Bourdon), we trade a 1st rounder to Washington for Steve Eminger and a 3rd, Gauthier and a 2nd rounder are traded to LA for prospects, basically we dump Gauthiers salary and lose a pick. We trade LA prospect + 4th rounder for Andrew Alberts, sign Aaron Asham. During the year we trade Eminger, Downie and a 4th to Tampa for Matt Carle and a 3rd, Randy Jones who cashed in on his playoff performance the year before to get too much money is waived and picked up by LA. Due to Daniel Briere coming back from injury at the deadline, we are forced to cut salary and trade Upshall and a 2nd rounder to Phoenix for Dan Carcillo. The result is we finish in 5th in the East tied with Pittsburgh and lose in the first round in a series many believe could have gone the other way had Philly finished off Pitt in game 6 when they were up 3-0 before the Carcillo fight – Pitt wins the cup that year.

The summer of 2009, we trade an overpaid Lupol, Sbiza, two 1st’s and a 3rd to Anaheim for Chris Pronger. The offseason we sign Blair Betts, Ian Laps, Ray Emery and Brian Boucher and let Mike Knuble, Martin Biron and Nittymaki walk (all of whom wanted too much money). In season we trade OK to Detroit for Ville Leino. The result is we are in the Stanley Cup Finals. So now you have all the facts of every deal made in the Paul Holmgren era. This is how the present day Philadelphia Flyers have been re-built.
I liked your write up Lupul or no loop hole.
I'm not too sure if I'm ready just yet to crown Ericksson (does it count if I purposly misspell a name ) as our future goal tender just yet, but otherwise it's a nice reminder. The other posts help too.

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