They need to hire a GM before making any deals concerning players
Paul Holmgren was a lousy player,and his record in management is no better than his playing record.He was always nothing more than Clarke's "on-ice" body guard,and in management I wasn't surprised when Clarke brought him in as an assistant GM.What the team has now with him in charge is merely a continuation of a bad experiment that was started by Bob Clarke.Clarke even admitted that he hasn't been mentally running this franchise for the past couple of seasons......Holmgren has been in charge of this creation we're seeing wearing orange & black.Are they a competitor for the Stanley Cup?
What Luuko & Snider need to do is hire a person who is on point with the way hockey is played in the NHL these days.That is why I would like to see them hire a European to take over as GM.A person who has a pre-knowledge of some of the good,available players that could be found in places like: Finland/Sweden/Germany/Czech Republik/Poland/Russia/Ukraine...etc.
Currently what this team does with Euro-players is offer a one year fast term deal,and at the end of the year they either trade players at the deadline or allow them to explore free agency.Long term deals always go to the big,slow,Canadian players.
Years ago,back when the Flyers were actually winning the Cup or at least in strong contention for grabbing silver,they were a trend setter.For the past 20 years plus,they have been a trend follower.They could never beat the Oilers,or Colorado,or the Red Wings,and don't get me started about the NJ Devils.
This team needs to become a trend-setter again,and hiring a European GM would be the first step toward the new century of hockey,(instead of being mired in the past with dinosaurs like Holmgren)
Holmgren was a very good player. He actually skated well, and rode shotgun for clak in the middle years. He could throw em too when needed.
There going to be a lil (Charles Wang) "trade by commitee" until a new GM is found.
As long as Rathje/Hatcher aren't 35 or over, they can be waived & not count against the cap. However, flyers have no one else on the farm ready to step in.
Therefore, they gotta get mobile d-men, without giving up thier young players.
Draft picks will work. Flyers may not make the playoff & draft in a higher position.
When a team is playing poorly, the players dont look appetizing to anyone. No one is drooling over many flyuer players. And no one will take Rathje or Hatcher unless there's a first or 2nd rounder involved.
The new GM has a tough row to hoe.