It was a tragic mistake on so many levels.
Giroux had a (so far) career-best year. Voracek really emerged as a full season player.
And it was not coincidentally the last time they got past the first round of the playoffs (one playoff round since...) losing to an eventual Cup FInalist.
Homer threw it away chasing two players (Suter, Parise) who had no intention AT. ALL. of coming here.
I had a post a short while ago all about how that summer was the real reason they're in this mess.
Not resigning Jagr and Carle has lead to a dozen subsequent mistakes and the team has never recovered.
Not that either was so amazing they'd have won a cup by now, but the lengths they've gone to to try to just refill those two holes have dug them down into the pit of cap hell that now prevents this team from developing or being competitive.
Instead of 11millon on VLC and MacDona
How many are Mac and VLC potting us?
The he point remains the same. Carle costs the same as Mac and for a shorter duration and has co tributes to his team in the intervening years helping them get to the finals plus just winning way more than the Flyers.
ThAt's not even really the point. The point is, look at everything Homer did chasing his tail to replace Carle? One guy. A top 4 dude. If it was JUST MacDonald, he point would be valid, but it's not. It's a laundry list of crappy