Monday, October 7, 2013

Flyers Make Another Off-Ice Move (Shocking!)

"What the fuck have you done to this team, Holmgren?"
After just 3 games into the 2013-14 NHL season and 3 losses, the Philadelphia Flyers have announced the firing of their head coach, Peter Laviolette. Hired in December 2009, Laviolette took a struggling team to the Final by making the playoffs on the last day of the regular season in a shootout and coming back from 3-0 in their Eastern Conference Semi Finals against the Boston Bruins. They were dramatic on the ice, and they've certainly been dramatic off it as well. Let's take a look at what the Flyers have done since that playoff run.

Firstly, here's that squad that made the big playoff run in 2010:
Of that team, only 4 guys remain so let's take a look at some of their key moves:

June 7, 2011: Ilya Bryzgalov's rights acquired.

After some stellar seasons in Phoenix as one of the top goaltenders in the league, the unproven playoff performer doesn't see eye-to-eye with Coyotes management during contract negotiations and has his rights traded to Philly.

June 23, 2011: Ilya Bryzgalov signs a 9-year, $51M deal.

One of the top upcoming free agents, Bryz signs long-term for big money with the Flyers. At a caphit of $5.66M, Bryzgalov becomes one of the top paid goalies in the league and would become the star of the HBO: 24/7 series.

June 23, 2011: Jeff Carter traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After a 36-goal, 66-point season and disappointing playoff run, the Flyers trade their leading goal scorer for Jakub Voracek, a first round pick, and a third round pick. The trade was a big surprise as Carter had just signed an 11-year, $58 Million contract extension with the Flyers through to the 2021–2022 season. The deal featured a full no-trade clause from 2012–15, followed by a limited no-trade clause thereafter, and the Flyers exercised their right to trade the sniper in a shocking move. Carter would later end up in LA and win the Stanley Cup in 2012. 

June 23, 2011: Mike Richards traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

Even more shocking on that day was the trading of the Flyers captain, Mike Richards, to the Kings in exchange for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2nd round pick. A power forward and great team leader, Richards was signed long-term to the Flyers until 2020 with a cap hit of $5.75M. That contract made he and Carter expendable if the team was to acquire Ilya Bryzgalov. No doubt was their goaltending situation terrible, but trading two young, core guys?
"Thanks, Paul!" 

June 22, 2012: Sergei Bobrovsky traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After a solid 2010-11 season, but rough playoffs in 2011 and 2012, the Flyers made Bobrovsky available to free up some cap space and make Bryzgalov their true #1. Sending him to the Blue Jackets (who needed some goaltending) for a 2nd rounder and two 4th rounders, Bobrovsky would take over the starting job in C-Bus and eventually win the Vezina Trophy as the leagues top goaltender.

June 23, 2012: James van Riemsdyk traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After a strong 2011 Playoffs where he scored 7 goals in 11 games, van Riemsdyk would earn a 6-year contract extension worth $25.5M. The following season, van Riemsdyk broke his foot and required surgery which made for a rough season statswise. That was apparently enough to warrant change as JVR was swapped to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the lower cap hit of Luke Schenn. JVR would tie for 2nd in Leafs goal-scoring and lead the team in playoff points with 7 in 7 games. It was recently reported that a Philadelphia source openly wondered whether Luke Schenn could even play even more.

June 26, 2013: Danny Briere bought out with 2 years remaining on his deal.

Signed by the Flyers in 2007 for 8-years, $52M (cap hit of $6.5M), Briere's highest point total with the Flyers would be in his first year when he put 72 points. Declining scoring totals and a massive cap hit, Briere was expected to be bought out early on it came as no surprise when the buyout was made official.

June 26, 2013: Ilya Bryzgalov bought out with 7 years remaining on his deal. 

After a rough season and the Flyers missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007, Bryzgalov is bought for $23M as part of the new CBA's compliance buyouts.

It's tough to say how the Flyers will perform this season, but they have not looked great in their first 3 games and that was enough for Laviolette to lose his job. Shitty goaltending and lackluster offence helped make the firing of Laviolette easy, but let's not forget who put the roster together. Paul Holmgren has been playing GM of the Flyers like he's playing Be A GM in NHL 14 and it's only a matter of time before he gets called into Ed Snider's office to answer for his transactions. 


  1. Couldn't have happened to a better team. :)

  2. holmgren should have been fired two years ago. they may as well get someone thats good at fantasy pools to takeover as gm

  3. Didn't take long to get a Shittsburgh troll to comment. Remind me again how your squad looked in the past to get Fleury, Crosby and Malkin. Bettman gift wrapped a cup to you in 2009.


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