I was certainly one of the ones not too happy with getting Fletcher as a gm (as you well know). As mentioned, his tenure in Minnesota was all we had to judge him on. He left that franchise a total wreck, with plenty of bad contracts signed for long term and a lousy farm system. I don't understand how you could look at him any other way.
So far in Philly he hasn't traded away all his prospects and draft picks. So I guess he deserves props for that....though that is the same thing mos
Holmgren traded a lot of picks away, as mentioned. It's tough for your scouts to do well when you can't select a full draft.
Hextalls picks haven't fully developed. Not even his first one. Let's wait and see where this team is when they're there...and healthy. Picture this team with a healthy Patrick and Lindblom...let alone a fully developed Sanheim/Provorov/Konecny/Hart/Frost/Farabee/Myers and some of O'Brien/Ratcliffe/Allison/Zamula/York/Brink etc.
We're 8th in the
Man looking back the Hayes trade was huge i think no doubt.
But Chuckles trading Gudas for a top pairing defenseman, a guy who can come in and provide Ivan the confident shoulder to lean so he can continue to round into one of the best defenseman in Flyer's history is soooo huge...i can't say enough how out of the park he hit this.
Looking at how well those two are playing i don't think you could have planned it any better.
Niskanen 7 goals 25 assist 32 points
I'm on board with this.
I think bringing in NHL calibre coaches and the development of the younger guys have played the biggest roles in the team going forward. I'll give Fletcher credit for NOT trading away all our assets, cause that's what scared me most about him.