I'm going to defend Holmgren for a second.
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10-24-2013, 01:26 PM
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Not many teams can make their core younger and remain as competitive. We've managed to restock the cupboard in a year and whilst this current season is a disgrace by anyone's standards, we're not going to spend long in the basement.
Yeah, this is a point lost on many. While we may not have the most talented group of young players, the Flyers org has had a youth movement of sorts in the past couple of years, with Homer swapping Carter/Richie for the younger Schenn/Simmer/Voracek/Coots...and added some good looking prospects via the draft and other sources in Morin, Alt, Ghost, Lauridsen Hagg, Akeson, Straka, McGinn, Raffl, Cousins, Laughton, Stolarz etc, not to mention it's looking like we'll be adding a potentially high-impact lottery pick after this year. All of these players/prospects should be progressing and coming into their own over the next few years, with some probably making a real difference. This should open the team's window for contention wider in time. I think a lot of people overlook the upside potential in these players in their current assessment of Holmgren...Nonis is currently reaping the benefits of Burke's work in Toronto, I wouldn't be surprised to see a similar scenario in Philly should Homer be removed from his GM duties in the near future...maybe they should exercise patience, and let him stay as the younger players/prospects come of age before concluding he's a failure and get rid of him.
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