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by Paul on 05/01/12 at 04:16 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Holmgren did not get a nod for the newly created GM of the Year Award, but he should have. In fact, it’s mind boggling that he did not, given the moves he has made and the bright future he has charted for the Philadelphia Flyers. Not that he has given it a moment’s thought. Holmgren is, instead, focused on the pursuit of the trophy that has eluded him his entire career and has eluded his team since 1975—the Stanley Cup.
Leading the New Jersey Devils by one game in their Eastern Conference semifinal, the Flyers are the most potent team left in the playoff tournament and the level of play they have displayed suggests this might be the best chance at ending the Stanley Cup drought that has left fans parched in Philadelphia.
“I think he’s an outstanding judge of talent,” Flyers owner Ed Snider told ESPN.com.
Both Snider and president and COO Peter Luukko praised Holmgren for his ability to delegate and to trust his assistants, scouts and coaching staff.
“He listens to them,” Snider said. “He’s not a lone traveler. But the buck stops with him.
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