So while we'd all like to have more high draft picks and we'd all like to have more money to work with, the Flyers are still sitting pretty on the ice, and really, that's all Paul Holmgren's fault. Two seasons later he’d hit the 20-goal, 40-point mark again and was rewarded with a four-year $14.5 million contract. When it comes to on-ice results, it's really difficult to argue with the success of Holmgren, who no doubt has turned the Flyers into a team that is not only a Cup contender, but a legitimate Cup favorite right now. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. However, because Holmgren decided to make subsequent moves that drove the Flyers over the salary cap, I now believe Holmgren should have waited to pull the trigger on this deal. The Flyers’ cap situation is in no way leading towards any sort of inevitable disaster.

He helped the Kings win two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014, but the following season, Richards was demoted to the AHL after scoring just 16 points in 53 games.

The Flyers couldn’t help how Pronger’s career came to an end, but they could’ve helped the contract they signed him to. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. They're not first in the East to spite their general manager.

( Log Out /  Pronger’s playing career came to an end in early 2011 and the Flyers were responsible for five more years of his contract. Still seeing potential in the aging forward, Paul Holmgren signed Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million deal as he thought he’d be a good fit with head coach Peter Laviolette, the issue is, only three games into the 2013-14 season the Flyers fired Laviolette and replaced him with Craig Berube, who immediately put Lecavalier in his dog house. Change ), Top 5: Players You Forgot Were Dallas Stars. Paul Holmgren has done a commendable job as general manager over the last four years, according to Ed Snider and Peter Luukko, and as a result, they'll be awarding him with a three-year contract extension later this week. Now 35 years old, Carter’s output has slowed tremendously since he signed his deal in Philly in November of 2010, and some injuries have made his last few seasons with LA difficult for the Kings to deal with. If we’re going to include Mike Richards, Jeff Carter should be talked about as well.

Yes, another team could have swooped in and taken Meszároš, but it also would prevented the Flyers having to trade Simon Gagne to get back under the cap (more on that later). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. His contract, which still had five years left, was terminated in the summer of 2015 after “a material breach of his Standard Player’s Contract” after being arrested at the boarder with oxycodone without a prescription. ( Log Out /  After the 2012-13 lockout came to an end, teams were granted two compliance buyouts, one of which the Flyers used on Bryzgalov, just two seasons into his nine year deal.

After the Flyers’ two previous seasons ended in highly anticipated playoff runs being undone by shoddy goaltending, the front office was desperate to find a starting goaltender to keep their Cup window alive.

Desperately trying to win a Stanley Cup in the early 2010’s, he became desperate and started to throw some big money around at players who didn’t necessarily deserve it, but who were his biggest mistakes? Technically, the fall of Mike Richards didn’t happen under the Flyers watch, but based on his off-ice habits, it was seemingly only a matter of time before he came undone. For me, it simply comes down to this.

Over his tenure he has thrown a lot of money around, and for the most part, it has worked. It was a mind-numbing signing at the time, and hamstrung the organization for five years. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. And now fans are left at the mercy of Paul Holmgren's creative genius as he tries to walk the fine line of the salary cap, while preparing one of Philadelphia's most competitive teams in the new era. The Flyers might also face a problem this year and potentially in the years to come, if they find themselves needing to make a deadline deal or other big trade, because they have so little cap room to work with. ( Log Out /  Most of Holmgren's bad moves have been with regard to money and the salary cap, but I look at him as a hockey mind, not a finances guy. The Daily Times has learned through an organizational source that the Flyers are going to announce a three-year extension for their general manager Thursday, worth approximately $4.5 million. Scottie Upshall has also come up frequently as another option, but his salary isn’t as significant as Knuble’s. Richards filed a grievance and later reached a settlement with the Kings that will see him earn about $600,000 a year until 2032. That's the report this morning from our friend Anthony SanFilippo at the Delaware County Times. "Paul has done an outstanding job," team president Peter Luukko said Tuesday in announcing Holmgren's new contract extension. While Holmgren may prove to be a "Salary Cap Sorcerer" of sorts who can work under the cap when doing so seems impossible, he's going to have trouble moving the team forward with the Flyers' contracts looking like they do now. But many of us who follow the Flyers closely, dissecting every move like it's life and death, know that Holmgren's made more than his fair share of questionable decisions. That's what an Eastern Conference championship, another Conference finals appearance and the best record in the East through the first half of this season has gotten Holmgren.

If things do take a sour turn, and changes need to be made, don't be surprised to see one of the Flyers' top forwards shipped off in favor of cap space. He was on the books until the summer of 2015 when his contract was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. This comes just four years after the Flyers finished dead last in the NHL -- the same year Holmgren took the job. Even though Paul Holmgren did quite a few good things during his tenure as the Flyers general manager, there are a bunch of blemishes on his resume as well. Top 5: Worst Flyers Contracts in the Salary Cap Era.

The 33-year-old Vincent Lecavalier found himself bought out of his only team he had known, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the summer of 2013. He has created a very strong team but only by inching dangerously close to the salary cap. Immediately after signing his new deal he just about disappeared completely. While the exact team salary isn't always easy to pinpoint, has the Flyers coming within $449,000 of the Salary Cap at the present time. Since he was over 35 when he signed the contract, the Flyers were on the hook for his $4.9 million cap hit if he retired before the contract ended.

By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. In terms of the salary cap, many of his decisions have certainly been head-scratching. Even though his career is still chugging along, it’s a pretty good rule of thumb to never sign a player for 11 years. Ever since taking the reins at the General Manager position for the Flyers in 2006, Paul Holmgren has done nothing but work wonders. He brought a team out from the cellar by signing top-notch players and making some very smart trades. That's going to be a problem if they're hoping to improve their goaltending or defense next year through free agent signings, although it should be noted that the 2009 Free Agent class is short on top goaltenders. Meanwhile, there is reportedly more than $11 million sunk into players on Long Term Injured Reserve, with three players (Derian Hatcher [$3.5 million], Randy Jones [$2.5 million], and Ryan Parent [$850,000]) who could possibly return and pose a threat of pushing the team salary over the limit. Philadelphia Flyers Schedule, Roster, News, and Rumors | Broad Street Hockey, Official: Paul Holmgren earns 3-year contract extension, Thursday Morning Fly By: Bad things happen in Philly, Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes…. Yes, everything seems to be going alright for the Flyers with Holmgren at the helm, despite their worrisome start to their 2008-09 campaign. Originally an undrafted free agent out of college, Matt Read may be one of the biggest one-hit wonders in recent Flyers history. Even though Paul Holmgren did quite a few good things during his tenure as the Flyers general manager, there are a bunch of blemishes on his resume as well. He has been tagged as the savior of Flyers' hockey, and there is no denying that. Philadelphia Flyers Organizational Depth Chart, Emil Andrae’s path to the NHL has already been carved, 2019-20 Player Review: Carsen Twarynski gets a cup of coffee, Wednesday Morning Fly By: Oh right, sports, Tuesday Morning Fly By: Once more into the breach. After acquiring the veteran defenseman from the Anaheim Ducks in 2009, he signed a seven-year extension in the summer of 2010. More strong representation from a European nation. After struggling for two-and-half seasons with the Flyers, he was dealt to the LA Kings for Jordan Weal and Lecavalier retired after the 2016 season came to an end. After four strong seasons in Phoenix he was signed by the Flyers in the summer of 2011 to a nine-year, $51 million contract.

Even though he was a work horse, his play was so wildly inconsistent and his off-ice antics were quickly souring public opinion on him. Bottom line: we all may have our gripes with Holmgren, and those all may be legitimate gripes, but at the end of the day, look where our team sits. Enter Ilya Bryzgalov. Among players with long-term contracts, Joffery Lupul would seem to be a good choice, although it hasn’t even been sixth months since he signed a four-year contract extension. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Mike Knuble is widely considered the top candidate for being traded to create cap space, as he is making $2.8 million in 2008-09, his contract year. Well, that’s exactly what happened. The Flyers' defense may still be weak, but the addition of guys like Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, and Matt Carle has built an adequate set of defenders to back up the balanced scoring attack. Being overused by coach Dave Hakstol and dominated by all competition across the league, MacDonald was a disaster for the Flyers until he was finally, mercifully, bought out by Chuck Fletcher in the summer of 2019.

Still, if you're a Flyers fan, it can be a bit worrisome to see how handcuffed Holmgren has become thanks to his dangerous dance with the salary cap. Paul Holmgren has done a commendable job as general manager over the last four years, according to Ed Snider and Peter Luukko, and as a result, they'll be awarding him with a … Scott Hartnell’s name has come up a bit less than Lupul’s or Knuble’s, but he’s hardly indispensable to the Flyers. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  Ever since taking the reins at the General Manager position for the Flyers in 2006, Paul Holmgren has done nothing but work wonders. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Richards signed a 12-year, $69 million deal with the Flyers in the summer of 2008, but was later traded to the LA Kings in the summer of 2011 for Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn. Scoring just 31 goals and 77 points over the next four seasons, he just couldn’t live up to the contract, eventually finding himself in the AHL. Just about every single time, with maybe an exception or two over four seasons, they've made it work. I imagine that when he wants to make a move, he goes up to his help and asks "Can we find a way to make this work?"

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