Homer Should Be Next…

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Flyers

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In 2006, the Flyers started the season with a 1-6-1 record through 8 games. This led to big changes. General Manager Bob Clarke resigned and head coach Ken Hitchcock was fired. They were replaced by Paul Holmgren and John Stevens respectfully, and, while John Stevens did the best he could with what he had, but the Flyers struggled to a 22-48-12 finish and set all kinds of franchise records for futility.

This morning, the Flyers fired head coach Peter Laviolette as well as assistant coach Kevin McCarthy after the Flyers started the season 0-3. Assistant coach Craig Berube was named as Laviolette’s replacement and Ian Laperriere was named an assistant coach.

Hopefully this team can show some kind of improvement under Berube so the fans don’t have to sit through another season like ’06-’07.

General Manager Paul Holmgren and Owner Ed Snider both expressed their disappointment in last year’s shortened season as well as the slow start to this season.

What bothered me, however, is that Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren were both very defensive throughout the press conference and pretty much used Peter Laviolette as a scapegoat for the team’s failures, which is grossly unfair as there are multiple reasons for the team’s failures.

One of those reason is Paul Holmgren himself. Let’s be honest, a coach can only do so much with the players he is given. That is not to say that every move Paul Holmgren made has been terrible, but there were a lot of head-scratchers. One example is signing 30-year old Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9-year, $51 million deal (not that signing him was a bad move, but 9 yeas and $51 millions is absurd).

Holmgren called his decision to fire Peter Laviolette a “gut move” and explained that he made the decision on the flight home from Raleigh after the Flyers lost 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Ed Snider backed his general manager’s decision.

Interestingly enough, Paul Holmgren’s contract is set to expire in 2014.

Whether or not it was the right move to fire Laviolette will continue to be debated, but not a lot of Flyers fans will argue that Paul Holmgren should be on his way out sooner rather than later. It is up to Ed Snider if Holmgren will get another extension or not.

The coach has already been fired. It is at the point where Ed Snider is going to have to look at the man who is in charge putting the team on the ice, and that man is Paul Holmgren.

There is no denying that Ed Snider trusts his general manager. At the end of this season, it may be time to make a change at general manager. Ed, I know you respect Paul Holmgren, but it is time to do what is in the best interest of your beloved Flyers and get rid of Paul Holmgren.

I mean Ron Hextall is waiting in the wings…

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  1. Antonio Granados says:

    Nick,

    This blog is good, much better than the last one.

    In reading your last blog, I got bored with all of the unnecessary words and details on locations. The column made you look like you were being paid by the number of words used. Try to shorten your sentences. It make the blog snappy and forces you to boil down the essentials into meanings with fewer words. Your work is getting better and there’s enough news in sports news to generate a column every day. This is good because, as we all know, “Practice makes perfect” or nearly so.

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    From: Broad Street Blog Reply-To: Broad Street Blog Date: Monday, October 7, 2013 5:20 PM To: Antonio Granados Subject: [New post] Homer Should Be Next

    WordPress.com nick4572 posted: ” In 2006, the Flyers started the season with a 1-6-1 record through 8 games. This led to big changes. General Manager Bob Clarke resigned and head coach Ken Hitchcock was fired. They were replaced by Paul Holmgren and John Stevens respectfull”

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