Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 21: (L to R) Paul Holmgren, first round draft pick (#24 overall) Mike Richards, Bob Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers pose for a portrait on stage during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft at the Gaylord Entertainment Center on June 21, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/NHLI)
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? Nope. 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? Not yet. 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...
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