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07:39 AM ET 01.29 | The clock is ticking all over the NHL, and it's no doubt loud in Philadelphia. For Paul Holmgren, one foot is in a frying pan and the other one is in a pressure cooker. The next 6 weeks leading up to the March 5 trade deadline could make or break his tenure as Flyers' general manager. ... How does Holmgren walk the tightrope between managing the future and making a move for the present? He is unlikely to be the surgeon at the Flyers' operating table this summer without a playoff appearance this spring. If anything, the next thing on the Flyers' wish list should be speed -- on both offense and defense. Skating clearly separates them from the Penguins, Lightning, Bruins and even Rangers. Despite the obstacles, something tells me Holmgren will be in the mix -- possibly even before the Olympic break.

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January 29, 2014  08:03 AM ET

Bring back Sam Pollock

January 29, 2014  09:07 AM ET

only problem is.....they'll bring in Hextall, another good old boy. They need fresh thinking.

January 29, 2014  09:26 AM ET
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only problem is.....they'll bring in Hextall, another good old boy. They need fresh thinking.

AMEN!

January 29, 2014  09:31 AM ET

You know things are down and out in Philly when they compare themselves to the Rangers...

Its not like things are a model of success 100 miles up the Tpke.

January 29, 2014  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

only problem is.....they'll bring in Hextall, another good old boy. They need fresh thinking.

I think we all agree, but its like the Dolan and Sather scenerio; will Snyder have cajones to fire him and start with a clean slate?

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January 29, 2014  09:46 AM ET
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Nah they're fine as they are. MORE ALUM! MORE SILLY CONTRACTS!Nice shutout yesterday, doe.

Looks like Giroux had something to prove...

January 29, 2014  09:46 AM ET

Why the ice hasn't completely melted under him by now is beyond me.

What happened to Detroit yesterday?

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January 29, 2014  10:01 AM ET

"The next 6 weeks leading up to the ... trade deadline could make or break his tenure as Flyers' general manager. ... How does Holmgren walk the tightrope between managing the future and making a move for the present?"

Isn't every GM in the same boat?

January 29, 2014  10:02 AM ET
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Why the ice hasn't completely melted under him by now is beyond me. What happened to Detroit yesterday?

extremely depleted lineup.....Philly could never skate with them with all hands aboard

January 29, 2014  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Why the ice hasn't completely melted under him by now is beyond me.

What happened to Detroit yesterday?

Played like Lions.

January 29, 2014  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Looks like Giroux had something to prove...

The one thing they HAVE to see is Giroux is semi-wasted without a skilled linemate.

January 29, 2014  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

only problem is.....they'll bring in Hextall, another good old boy. They need fresh thinking.

The Flyers have stolen Kevin Lowe's manuscript "How To Rebuild A Hockey Team" before it goes to print.

January 29, 2014  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Played like Lions.

Babs better learn, some of those old players should have been thrown out with the 3 week old milk.

January 29, 2014  10:30 AM ET
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extremely depleted lineup.....Philly could never skate with them with all hands aboard

Alfredsson was walking out to his car and an old lady in a walker ran him over.

January 29, 2014  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Played like Lions.

The Wings reminded me of this bunch ...

January 29, 2014  10:58 AM ET
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The one thing they HAVE to see is Giroux is semi-wasted without a skilled linemate.

Is it me or does he get new line-mates every practice?
It seems whoever is tagged as stuggling gets sent to play with Claude.

 
January 29, 2014  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

AMEN!

Seconded...time to push the "RESET" button on this team.

And, big of a Hexy fan as I am, it would be more of the same to let Homer go and slot Hexy in his place. Face it fellow Flyers faithful...it's time for wholesale changes for this team, top to bottom...and unless/until big Ed realizes he needs to let go, wholesale changes will not occur.

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