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10-22-2013, 01:52 PM
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I'm going to defend Holmgren for a second.

This won't be popular, but I think a lot of the hate aimed at Holmgren is harsh. Sure, he's made mistakes like any GM but I don't think it's much on him. The team we're putting out each game isn't low on talent. They're young, talented and simply underperforming. I mean, let's look at a few of our key individuals:

Giroux is at a pace 50 points below his usual, Simmonds is 30 points below last year, Voracek 48 points below. Of the rest, Read managed 46 points, Hartnell averages 52 points, Timonen was third for D points in the league, yet none of those three have even scored a point yet.

This isn't down to the GM, it's a coaching problem and he's fired the guy who's responsible. He's put together a team mixed with players who have a history of scoring points in Philadelphia or excellent prospects but they're flat-out not doing it this year. Our failures are down to a pathetic camp, injuries to key players and pressure compounding pressure if you ask me.

Hell, our saviour right now is the goalie nobody wanted but Holmgren saw the potential in. It's not Holmgren's fault that the forwards aren't scoring, that Pronger went down, that Giroux injured his hand and that Voracek had that car accident. We've got a good team on paper and that's Holmgren's job. I firmly believe that with a remotely-competent training camp and a fully-fit team we'd be riding fairly high right now, neither of them can be attributed to Holmgren and that's why I think he deserves more time.

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