The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Before the season began, many pundits and hockey publications predicted the Flyers would be drinking from Lord Stanley's Cup come June, putting an end to the 35-year drought. They are the chosen ones, or so they tell us. Not at all satisfied with a first-round playoff exit at the hands of their hated cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins, general manager Paul Holmgren was very busy in the offseason. He remade the team in his image, bringing in perennial All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger and the in-your-face Ian Laperriere. Between the pipes, the much-maligned Ray Emery was lured back from Russia with the temptation of a starting job for a Cup contender at a very reasonable $1.5 million. Holmgren needed to shed some salary and open up some roster spo ...
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