We looked at the five best trades of Holmgren's tenure yesterday.
There were a large number of trades to look but these are the worst of the worst. One trade was originally on the list was the July 1, 2011 trade when the Flyers sent Kris Versteeg to the Florida Panthers for a 2012 second round pick and a 2012 third round pick. The second round pick was traded in February 2012 for Pavel Kubina while the third round pick was used on 2014 Hobey Baker Award candidate Shayne Gostisbehere. Since Gostisbehere is looking like a legitimate prospect already, this deal was removed from the "five worst" list.
Either way, here are the five worst trades of Paul Holmgren's tenure as Flyers general manager.
5. November 21st, 2010 - Flyers Trade Patrick Maroon
The Flyers reacquired Danny Syvret, who scored their lone goal in the 2010 Winter Classic, and Rob Bordson, who they would trade with Mike Richards to Los Angeles the following June. Neither of whom really made an impact with the Flyers and both are now long gone.
They gave up David Laliberte, who hasn't done much of anything, but Patrick Maroon is the small gem here. He has not taken the league by storm as he has five goals and nine assists this season for 14 point but he plays a crucial role on the Anaheim Ducks, who lead the NHL with 91 points this season.
Maroon is a top-line player for Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf centers the line while Corey Perry flanks one wing and Maroon flanks the other. He has found his niche with the Ducks and has been a contributing player this year.
Meanwhile, the Flyers have nothing to show for the deal.
4. March 4th, 2009 - Flyers Trade Scottie Upshall
Upshall was coming off a 14-goal, 16-assist campaign in 2007-08 as a 24-year-old. In 2008-09, he had seven goals and 14 assists in 55 games for the Flyers when they traded him and a second round pick to the Coyotes for Daniel Carcillo, a 24-year-old enforcer who had three goals and seven assists at the time of the trade.
Not only did they trade Upshall away for a guy who, at the time and looking back, appeared to be a downgrade but the Flyers also threw in a second round pick.
I cannot wrap my head around it and it was a good day in Philadelphia when they finally got rid of Carcillo. Now he is with the Rangers antagonizing the division once again.
3. June 20th, 2008 - Flyers Trade For Steve Eminger
The Capitals went on to select defenseman John Carlson, who has 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points in in 62 games this season for Washington. The 24-year-old also just returned home from Sochi where he was representing the United States as part of Team USA.
The Flyers got 12 games and no goals from Eminger before he was shipped to Tampa along with Steve Downie and a fourth round pick for everyone's favorite scapegoat Matt Carle and a third round pick. With the pick acquired from Washington, the Flyers selected goaltender Jacob De Serres 84th overall.
Given how productive and impactful Carlson has been in Washington while none of the players or picks from either the first or second Eminger deal are still in Philadelphia, this is definitely a big loss for the Flyers.
2. June 22nd, 2012 - Flyers Trade Sergei Bobrovsky
Blue Jackets receive:
The Flyers didn't have room for Sergei Bobrovsky on their roster when they acquired Ilya Bryzgalov from the Phoenix Coyotes and signed him to the mammoth nine-year, $51 million contract so they shipped him off to Columbus for three picks.
The Flyers selected two of their top prospects with the picks - Anthony Stolarz and Taylor Leier. Both players project to have very solid career with Stolarz, prior to his freak injury, emerging as a potential franchise goaltender. The third pick acquired from the Blue Jackets was flipped in February 2013 to the Los Angeles Kings for Simon Gagne.
Unfortunately, all most people saw was the 24-year-old former Flyers goaltender leave for Columbus and win the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender in his first season away from Philadelphia. Bobrovsky put up some impressive numbers in the lockout-shortened 48-game season going 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 SV%.
What is interesting to note here is Bobrovsky was aided by the shortened season. In his first season in Philadelphia (2010-11), Bobrovsky started out 21-6-3 with a 2.42 GAA and a .920 SV% in his first 32 starts before running out of gas in the second half of the season going 7-7-5 with a 2.84 GAA and a .907 SV%. In the shortened 2012-13 season? Bobrovsky was 21-0-0 with a 1.31 GAA and a .956 SV% in his first 21 starts but again ran out of gas going 0-11-6 with a 2.94 GAA and a .898 SV% in his final 17 starts of the season.
His conditioning for the second half of the season, both in 2010-11 and 2012-13, seemed to be lacking. of course, there are injuries here and there but a trend appears to be forming.
Yes, this was a bad trade up through last season and it is deservedly No. 2 on the list but in a few years this could drop down the list or be viewed as a good trade if the prospects flourish.
1. June 23rd, 2012 - Flyers Trade James Van Riemsdyk
Maple Leafs receive:
Now? Only one team is benefiting and it isn't the Flyers. James van Riemsdyk was traded to the Maple Leafs as a 23-year-old former No. 2 overall pick. He went on to score 18 goals and dish out 14 assists in his first season in Toronto which was not far off of his career-high 21 goal performance in 2010-11.
JVR has taken the next step this year setting career-highs in goals (26), assists (26) and points (52) while he also went to Sochi to represent Team USA.
Schenn looks like he has regressed this season as he has just four goals and four assists in 57 games played and spent some time as a healthy scratch. The 24-year-old has seen his average ice time drop from 22:52 last season to just 17:44 this year which leads one to believe the coaches are not pleased with Schenn's play this season.
He hits like the gritty, porch-clearing No. 1 defenseman Chris Pronger was but Schenn lacks skill with the puck on his stick and his skating leaves a lot to be desired.
Simply put: Toronto won this trade and it isn't even close. JVR is flourishing while Schenn is failing and everyone has taken note.
This was the worst trade of Holmgren's tenure and there isn't another trade that is even in the same ballpark.
Tomorrow we will look at the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter trades from June 2011.
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