And perhaps so, too, does Snider’s fiancée.
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News on the expectation that the Flyers will be about as overzealous this summer as Bernie Parent in an arena full of drunk hookers (much of the article was about Snider and not so much Homer):
In the summer of 2011, the Flyers shipped out captain Mike Richards and sniper Jeff Carter in separate trades that tore down what they claimed was their foundation for the future. Last summer, GM Paul Holmgren continued to make waves, shipping out one-time starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus for three draft picks (none of which were first round picks). As we all know, Richards and Carter were quickly reunited in Los Angeles and won a Stanley Cup together last spring, while Bobrovsky rebounded spectacularly this year and is the frontrunner to win the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder.
If this were the popular Game of Thrones TV show, Holmgren would have had his trade trigger finger hacked off based on those moves alone. But in Philadelphia, where if you’re not trading, you’re not trying, that’s simply par for the course.
Now put yourself in the shoes/skates of a Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier. Having seen what went on with former Flyers, how confident would you be in terms of your long-term security with Snider and Holmgren? If I were them, not only would I hesitate to buy a house – I’d also only lease a car on a month-to-month basis.
Well, Adam, technically you can just be given a car from a local dealership and then get sued for hitting someone without insurance. But your point, it’s a good one.
H/T to Frank Seravalli