The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed general manager Paul Holmgren to a three-year contract extension. The deal will keep Holmgren as the Flyers’ general manager until 2015 and will pay him about $4.5 million. Holmgren took over his post in 2006 when Bobby Clarke was fired during the Flyers’ worst season in franchise history.
Holmgren’s future was in question towards the end of the regular season last year. But then the Flyers went on that magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals and bought him some time. He had a successful offseason in bringing up young goalie Sergie Bobrovsky and signing troubled forward Nikolay Zherdev. He has now assembled one of the best teams in hockey and I think that deserves a reward.
Holmgren has brought many talented players to the Flyers organization over the past five years. Danny Briere, Chris Pronger, and Kimmo Timonen are among the brilliant acquisitions that he has made. He has also helped with the development of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. He made the decision to draft James van Riemsdyk who is turning into a top-notch forward for the orange and black. He has done a great job in his few years with the organization and is deserving of all the accolades that come his way.