Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Challenges Paul Holmgren Faces This Season and Beyond

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Challenges Paul Holmgren Faces This Season and Beyond
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The Flyers were in the basement of the NHL when Bobby Clarke was fired as general manager in the early stages of the 2006-07 season.

Paul Holmgren was brought in to replace Clarke, and he looked to have a rebuilding project on his hands. 

The young Flyers would finish last in the league, but unlike other franchises in Pittsburgh and Washington, Paul Holmgren did not consider a multi-year rebuilding process to be an option for his team.

Instead, Holmgren acquired Martin Biron, Ryan Parent, Scottie Upshall, Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell, all before free agency began that summer. He would then sign one of the league’s top available forwards, Danny Briere, and the next season, the Flyers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Holmgren’s tenure in Philadelphia has never been easy, but he has found remarkable success and has inspired faith in his decisions.

However, the coming months of the 2011-12 season, and beyond, may prove to be the most difficult of Holmgren’s career as a general manager.

Here are five reasons why the Flyers’ GM faces major challenges in the near future.

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