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Flyers GM Holmgren likes their chances when the lockout ends

Nov 25, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Paul Holmgren AP

If the NHL season had gotten underway normally, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren would’ve spent Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Instead, he found himself watching the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, NY taking on the Washington Capitals’ minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

After seeing the Phantoms take out the Bears 3-1, I caught up with Holmgren to discuss what he thinks of his well-experienced AHLers and he likes what he’s got and feels the Flyers will be ready to go whenever the lockout ends.

“This is a good league right here,” Holmgren says of the AHL. “Every team has players that played in the NHL last year and the level of play is just ratcheted up. I think every game I’ve seen have been really good games. Very competitive, a lot of skating, fast games. I think the players that are playing, not only in the American league but all over, they get a leg up on the guys that aren’t when the league does come back.”

In the Flyers’ case, that’s a lot of guys with NHL experience.

Not only do you have future stars like Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn, but also guys who saw time in Philly like Harry Zolnierczyk, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson, Eric Wellwood, Ben Holmstrom, and Zac Rinaldo.

With the Flyers blue line having questions, Holmgren likes what’s working in the minors with guys like Bourdon and Gustafsson.

“They’re good young players and they’re good pros. This is Marc-Andre’s fourth year now so he should know his way around and it’s Erik’s third year in the league. They’re good pros. They work hard and they look after themselves and they’re very competitive players.”

It sounds as if he likes what they’ve got. Now about ending that lockout…

  1. ron05342 - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    “Flyers GM Holmgren likes their chances when the lockout ends”

    When, in 2014?

  2. id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Every team is a contender before the season starts. LOL!

  3. innout10 - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    They’re gonna get railed

  4. flyeredup - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    He’s just saying that to get ticket holders that have cancelled their tickets and received refunds (like I did) to consider coming back. I am not coming back NHL!

    • jimw81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      u will be back when they make a huge signing or trade.

    • ml3939 - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      And by the way, if you are not coming back to the NHL, why are you still here reading stories and putting in the effort to make comments?

  5. jimw81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    the direction of this league will come out of the dec 5 Board of governors meetings with owners. it will be telling if owners are willing stand up to bettman,bill and jacbos.

  6. ml3939 - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    @flyered up- they will have no problem finding a buyer for your seats. The fan base is extremely loyal, except for you. Except once hockey starts again and then you start watching again.

  7. jimw81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    i begin to wonder if he’s decoding Snider’s frustrations with no hockey. snider losing $$$ with less people down at sports complex in south philly.

  8. flyeredup - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    @ml3939: I’m posting because I want to. I’ll never be back after 35 years. I spent more $ on the NHL than you have made in your life.

    • ml3939 - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Still returning to NHL articles and now just displaying stupidity, how is the NHL going to survive without you? Why don’t you take your enormous surplus of disposable income and bridge the gap between the two sides Mr. Trump?

    • valoisvipers - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Hey flyeredup it’s the wonderful time of year again. You know, when you get to pelt Santa with snowballs.

  9. mississippimudslinger - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Anyone who returns to this game after what the Sport has done to YOU (the fans) on now 3 different occasions is a complete and total imbecile . It’s not going to happen this season (2012-2013)… look for the NHL to announce a cancellation of the remainder of what would have been a season around Christmas time… no matter how much the wanna-be insider id4joey claims it will get settled, the fact remains it will not.

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