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Judging from his bold free agent and trade moves of the past few seasons, Paul Holmgren wants to win a Stanley Cup, badly.
Last season gave him a taste of the glory that is a Stanley Cup championship and he's hungry for Lord Stanley's hardware this season, so much so, that he seems to be determined to max out his team's cap to make sure no dollar is spared in winning.
But as I've pointed out in the previous slides, there are several negatives that will come from a big trade, mainly over-extending his cap to a point he'll be forced to dismantle a significant portion of his roster over time. In this sense, a big trade would not be prudently hedging his bets (essentially ensuring a win-win situation).
Let's say the Flyers roster remains unchanged. If they win the cup, well they win the cup, mission accomplished. If they don't, they'll have virtually the same roster that is clearly successful and plays tremendously well with each other and a free agent market to hunt down talent and missing pieces.
As of right now, the Flyers can win the cup with no roster changes. They're that good.
So my point is: if you have a team that clearly looks and plays like a championship winning hockey club, why is there such a need to make changes, particlarly changes that may have such huge consequences in the long run? I don't think any affordable player in the league could have such a huge impact to justify the potential repercussions that would follow.
Of course this is all based on whether or not you think it's better to spare no effort and spend every penny in search of a cup or ensure sustained growth and success of the team.
Personally, I think the latter is more important for a team like Philadelphia who will be a serious contender for a least two more years. Maxing themselves out now will only make future success an impossibility. It also largely depends on whether or not you think the Flyers are as good as I claim.
Some say Richards needs someone to play with, others say they need more scoring threats (I think that's a bit greedy). This team is almost too good, in terms of both performance and dollars and cents, to make changes.
I can only assume Paul Holmgren has a master plan and knows what he's doing. After all, he put this team together from scratch. I put my money on the Flyers to win it all this year, and I think they would be fine with the roster they have right now.