I have to give credit to the Philadelphia Flyers and general manager Paul Holmgren.
A year after making the Stanley Cup finals, they lost in the second round to the Boston Bruins, the eventual Stanley Cup champion. (Hey, the championship, all of them, except the Sixers, come through Philly).
Did Holmgren stand pat?
He traded away not-so-old veterans Jeff Carter and Mike Richards in separate deals.
In the process, along with signing goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers got a whole lot younger.
Gone were Richards and Carter.
In came Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
Has it hurt?
The Flyers are in second place in the Atlantic Division, a point behind Pittsburgh, and in fourth place in the Eastern Division.
In a game I attended on Black Friday, the Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
One of the youngsters, Voracek, had a goal and an assist in the game.
The real star was Claude Giroux, w...