Editors’ Note: Noted Philadelphia Flyers fan John Saquella is going beyond 140 characters. The man most of you probably know from social media as @jsaquella will bring you his wide-ranging opinion and commentary on the Orange and Black in his column Putting On The Foil.
By John Saquella (@jsaquella)
I have long defended Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, mainly because I feel that his troubles and larger mistakes have come from meddling from above.
It might be time I changed that stance.
To review, Holmgren assumed the mantle of GM during the darkest season in Flyers history, and rebuilt them into a Stanley Cup contender in a very short time period. Granted he had some very solid building blocks and assets to move, as well as a load of cap room, but he did well to augment the building blocks and add pieces needed. In the first full season under Holmgren’s stewardship, the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference Final. Two years later, they made it to the Stanley Cup Final before bowing out to ...