Things have not been ideal for Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who worked tirelessly for a big signing during the off season. With the NHL officially locked out on top of a dismal offseason, Holmgren’s limits will surely be tested in the upcoming season.
The Flyers had a good playoff start defeating Eastern Conference favorites the Pittsburgh Penguins in a scoring frenzy of a first round. Unfortunately for the Flyers, they were stopped by the New Jersey Devils in the second round.
Holmgren made some offseason moves, for better or for worse, but none were of the magnitude that he had hoped.
In an effort to add sibling chemistry to his defensive line, Holmgren traded James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn, uniting Flyers’ Brayden Schenn with his brother. This move should not have come as too big of a surprise as Holmgren tends to manage his team with a defensive mind—the Flyers have the most expensive defense in the league ($28,417,262) (via capgeek.com).
The odds have really been stacked against Holmgren this season and the lockout may or may not be the straw that breaks the GM’s back.
Here are five hurdles that have been thrown in Holmgren's way this season.