Posted: October 18, 2013 in Flyers


This season’s Flyers team has been absolutely brutal to watch.

Through the first 8 games of the season they are a disappointing 1-7-0 and are at the bottom of the new Metropolitan Division. A start like this is far from what was expected of this team. Their 1-7-0 start also cost head coach Peter Laviolette his job.

Many fans, including this one, agree that it is time to bring in a new general manager to replace Paul Holmgren. Not all of Holmgren’s moves have been terrible, but his misses have greatly outweighed his hits. Granted, Ed Snider can also be blamed for Ilya Bryzgalov and his 9-year, $51 million contract as well.

Think about the Flyers seasons since 2006 (Holmgren replaced Bob Clarke as general manager):

2006-2007: Finished 22-48-12, missed playoffs (Not Holmgren’s fault).

2007-2008: Lost in Eastern Conference Finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1).

2008-2009: Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals to Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2).

2009-2010: Lost in Stanley Cup Finals to Chicago Blackhawks (4-2).

2010-2011: Lost in Conference Semi-Finals to Boston Bruins (4-0).

2011-2012: Lost in Conference Semi-Finals to New Jersey Devils (4-1).

2012-2013: Missed playoffs (NHL Lockout shortened season to 48 games).

Now the 2009-2010 season was one of the most unforgettable seasons in the 2000′s and easily the greatest season of Paul Holmgren’s tenure as general manager.

Having said that, it has been pretty much all downhill after that for the Flyers. After being eliminated in the conference semi-finals two years in a row, they stumbled out of the gate and missed the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season that was only 48 games long.

The point is, it is time for a new general manager. Of course it is up to Flyers owner Ed Snider, who has a great relationship with Holmgren, to make that decision. It’s one of those things where Ed Snider has to put his beloved Flyers ahead of his personal friendship with Holmgren.

Now just to be clear, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ed Snider. After all, he took a huge gamble when he brought the Flyers to Philadelphia. When the NHL expanded from 6 teams to 12, Ed Snider believed that hockey could succeed in Philadelphia, which at the time was, not only not a market for hockey. It was also a city that had a bad history when it came to hockey (The Philadelphia Quakers only lasted for a few seasons in the 30′s before folding).

Ed Snider brought hockey to Philadelphia anyway, and I think it is pretty safe to say that Philadelphia is indeed a hockey town. I can’t thank Ed Snider enough for that.

Thank you Mr. Snider.

But there is one problem. The Flyers Stanley Cup drought is nearing 40 years (38 to be exact). If Ed Snider wants another Stanley Cup as soon as he can, which he certainly does, then he will do what ever he can to make that happen. Sometimes that means hiring and firing people who are good friends of his.

There is no doubt that Ed Snider has a lot of trust in his general manager. But after seeing the regression of the team over the last 3 seasons and early this season, how much trust will he have in Paul Holmgren at the end of the season when Holmgren’s contract expires?

Until it happens, you will be seeing #FireHolmgren on Facebook, Twitter and even other social media.

We’ll see what happens this summer during the off-season…


  1. Nick,
    This your best piece yet.

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