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Everyone knows that Paul Holmgren likes to make moves, especially unforeseen big ones, and naysayers are quick to jump on some of the unwise decisions he's made.
But there are also some really good deals in Holmgren's past, and I still trust him to do what is best for Philadelphia's future.
Right now, the Flyers seem to be in a bit of a logjam. They aren't going to move Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier, but they desperately need some defensive help.
Steve Downie, Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros' contracts are up at the end of the year, and the Flyers will look to upgrade across the board. Brayden Schenn and Michael Raffl are both restricted free agents and will almost certainly be re-signed.
Scott Hartnell could be a decent trade option, but he has a no-movement clause in his contract.
Holmgren essentially has to figure out how to balance the present with the future. He needs to hang on to his core while still building a defense and also dealing with his glut of centers.
If that means guys like Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins and Luke Schenn are on the table, then so be it. Meszaros may also be a potential trade chip with his expiring contract.
Keep in mind that the NHL Draft is in Philadelphia this upcoming June. That means the Flyers' draft picks won't be going anywhere, and don't be surprised to see Holmgren try and add a few.