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Holmgren On The Flyers

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

With the Flyers about to miss the playoffs for only the second time in 18 seasons, the focus in Philadelphia turns to what has to be done for the team to avoid a similar fate a year from now.

This isn't a town where missing the playoffs is taken lightly. Owner Ed Snider wants to win -- now.

Having said that, there's the danger of overreacting to a lockout-shortened season when a lot of strange and surprising things happened around the league.

"There's a fine line between winning and losing in our league, that's how tight it is," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told ESPN.com Monday. "You don't have to look very closely at the standings to recognize that. There's a few teams that had runaway years, you look at Pittsburgh and Chicago in particular, but everybody else is fairly close.

"I look at our team, it's amazing that's where we're at with the power play and penalty killing near the top of the league; but 5-on-5 goals, we're way down. That's probably what did us in, more than anything."

continued including no plan to buyout Bryzgalov...

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Evilpens's avatar

This isn’t a town where missing the playoffs is taken lightly. Owner Ed Snider wants to win—now. Is there anyone in the Hockey Media that hasn’t Blown Snider ?? Wants to Win????????? they haven’t WON since 1975

Posted by Evilpens on 04/22/13 at 02:54 PM ET

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This isn’t a town where missing the playoffs is taken lightly. Owner Ed Snider wants to win—now. Is there anyone in the Hockey Media that hasn’t Blown Snider ?? Wants to Win????????? they haven’t WON since 1975

It isn’t for a lack of trying/spending the $ to do so.

Posted by Chris M on 04/22/13 at 04:13 PM ET

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they haven’t WON since 1975

So?  Wanting to win doesn’t automatically equate to winning.

Posted by Garth on 04/22/13 at 04:56 PM ET

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Not to mention that the Flyers have made it to the Finals once and the Conference Finals another season during his tenure.  But yeah, he sure doesn’t seem like a guy who wants to win.

Posted by Garth on 04/22/13 at 05:00 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

Holmgren is bold, hyper-aggressive and is quick to hand out bad contracts.  However, I like what he did with Philly’s roster.  Getting Voracek was a steal.  As was shipping Carter to the Blue Hack-its for their 1st (Courtier).  The roster is stock with young and talented forwards.  Universe should be bought out.  The defense is in turmoil but could be rectified by dealing some of those up front (Briere?).

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 04/22/13 at 05:31 PM ET

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