Category Archives: Paul Holmgren

Pronger to have hand surgery

Having surgery now is good for Pronger and the Flyers. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that defenseman Chris Pronger will have surgery on his right hand and miss three to four weeks. Pronger reportedly skated in practice today but did not participate in shooting drills.  He had a CT scan on Sunday and a small fracture was discovered according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. The surgery will be performed on Tuesday morning by Dr. Tom Graham in Cleveland, Ohio. The injury occurred a few weeks ago when Pronger took a puck to the hand.

It’s good for Pronger to have the surgery now before the Flyers’ playoff run. The team’s last regular season game is April 9th against the New York Islanders. This gives Pronger about a month to recover from surgery. The Flyers need him healthy for the stretch run. The defense certainly hasn’t been playing well during this current slump and they need the leadership and talent of Pronger in the lineup if they are going to make a run at Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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Flyers Inquire About Foote

The Flyers could be making another move. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers have inquired about the availability of  veteran Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote. Foote is currently sidelined with a quadriceps injury and hasn’t been very healthy over the past few seasons. He just starting practicing today so he is getting closer to returning to live action. Foote would provide depth and leadership to defensive unit that is already missing Sean O’Donnell and Oskars Bartulis. He has no goals and eight assists in 41 games this season for Colorado. In his career, he has scored 66 goals and notched 242 assists.

I think this would be a solid move for the Flyers. No matter how long O’Donnell and Bartulis are out of the lineup, it never hurts to have an insurance policy. Foote is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer so the orange and black wouldn’t have to part with much more than a late round draft pick to get him. He would provide significant leadership and has playoff experience with the Avalanche. I think it’s a move that the team should make unless they’re content with Matt Walker as their seventh defenseman.

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Holmgren Extended

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.

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