Do we give Holmgren enough credit?
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10-12-2011, 10:41 AM
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If it was only that simple. It's been made pretty clear, by the team's actions and every pre-season statement from the GM, coach and vets. Every time they laud players who came to camp early and in shape, who take care of themselves off the ice etc., it's made clear that the problems Carter and Richards were causing in the dressing room were tearing the team apart. The 'dead room' of conflict and resentment is gone in favour of a united team in an upbeat locker room who are all on the same page as the coaches.
I am not sure the Flyers won't win both those trades this year.
Simmonds is playing really well, and Schenn will be recalled soon and help the team. Voracek is playing really well at RW too, and Couturier is looking more and more like a keeper.
To have four contributing players with good attitudes in your lineup over two players who had alienated the coaching staff and their veteran linemates is a good thing. Add to that the genius strokes of replacing Betts with Talbot and Leino with Jagr, and the team looks much better than last year's team. Even Lilja is looking better and more mobile than O'Donnell....
Put a good goalie in front of the same dysfunctional team and you get the same result, which is why they made the changes they did.
That dysfunctional team played absolutely stellar hockey for about 14 months under Lavi until key injuries caught up with em. Unless you think this group would look great without Pronger and Timonen playing at half speed?
The reality is that your post is really the product of uncritical thinking as the team tries to cover its ass after making questionable moves from a hockey perspective short term. You talk as if they didn't compete for a Presidents Trophy last year, and reach the Cup Finals the year before with Boucher and Leighton.
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