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The Philadelphia Flyers Still Have A Goaltending Issue

from Mike Sielski of Philly Daily News,

Goaltending has bedeviled them since Ron Hextall won the Vezina in his rookie season, 1986-87, and the obvious irony of his just-ended tenure as GM is that the Flyers’ last great goalie had no more success in solving this riddle than anyone else in the organization has. He counted on Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth – a pair past their 30th birthdays, both of whom underwent offseason surgeries – returning healthy and getting through 82 games or more before the organization started fresh next season. (The Flyers have no goalies under contract for 2019-20.)

It was a bad bet from the start, and somehow it’s gotten worse. At a time when NHL goaltending has never been better, the Flyers, relatively speaking, have arguably never been worse at the position. They rank last in save percentage, even though, according to the statistical database Natural Stat Trick, they have given up the third-fewest high-danger scoring chances in the league. For all the presumption that Dave Scott and Paul Holmgren have charged Fletcher with speeding up Hextall’s slow and deliberate rebuild, it would seem impossible for Fletcher to get a full and accurate sense of who he should keep, who he might trade, and how good the Flyers can really be until the goaltending situation stabilizes itself. 

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Chuck Fletcher Is The New Executive VP And GM For The Philadelphia Flyers

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Chuck Fletcher has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the hockey team. The multi-year agreement appoints Fletcher as the ninth General Manager in franchise history, and immediately places him as the day-to-day leader of the club's NHL and minor league hockey operations. The announcement was made by Flyers President Paul Holmgren and Dave Scott, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor and Governor of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Fletcher joins the Flyers with an impressive record of success while at several NHL clubs, including nine seasons as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild. Over the course of his 25-year career, Fletcher has held senior-level managerial and advisory positions with the New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Florida Panthers. He has advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with three different franchises (Panthers, Ducks and Penguins) and won the Stanley Cup Championship with Pittsburgh in 2009.      

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What’s Next For The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

All in all, it’s a one-of-a-kind hybrid overhaul, one that now has Flyers president Paul Holmgren and his boss, Spectacor CEO Dave Scott, sifting through candidates to replace Hextall — the guy who came in and mopped up the salary cap mess that Holmgren created during his choppy tour in the GM’s seat.

Scott has implored Holmgren to look outside the organization, which thus far has bubbled up the names Ron Francis, Steve Yzerman, and Chuck Fletcher, with Fletcher, ex- of Harvard and former Wild GM, considered the front-runner.

“I want to spend to the cap,” Scott told the Philly media. “I want to have the best team we can have here.”...

Philly is a unique market. Decades later, a sizable portion of the fan base still embraces the Broad Street Bullies ethos, eagerly hoping that a river of blood returns and rebrands the franchise in the image of Dave Schultz and Bobby Clarke. Delusional. In today’s 31-team NHL, maybe half the working help has never been in a fight and much of the other half views it as an all-but-useless novelty item.

The new GM, who will have the call on whether Hakstol remains in place, will be charged with winning over the remaining Bully-heads. How to do that? Wins, of course. More speed. More skill.

And above all, finding a bona fide goaltender, like, say, that Sergei Bobrovsky fellow, now a pending UFA in Columbus, where the Flyers traded him six years ago for three draft picks that proved to be a pocketful of lint. Post-Bobrovsky, the Flyers moved on to their Ilya Bryzgalov-Steve Mason-Ray Emery era of goaltending — a chain collision of stoppers that ultimately claimed Hextall in the pileup.

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Ron Hextall On His Firing

from the CP at TSN,

Former Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said he was stunned the Flyers fired him this week, despite their losing record.

Hextall, a former Flyers goalie, was fired Monday after 4 1/2 seasons on the job.

"I didn't see this coming in any way," Hextall said Friday. "I was shocked. I was stunned, yeah."...

"There were a lot of things that just went the wrong way on us," Hextall said.

Holmgren said this week the next general manager will decide Hakstol's fate. Holmgren had few solid answers this week as to why he made the move, other than to repeatedly call Hextall "unyielding."

Hextall said he took a three-stage approach toward trying to build a contender: clean up the salary-cap mess left behind by Holmgren, his predecessor; watch prospects grow as a team; make a big splash through free agency or a trade when the Flyers were close to "go time."

"I didn't feel we were at go-time," Hextall said.

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Who Is Dave Scott?

from Sam Donnellon of Philly..com,

"Who is this Dave Scott guy?'' the midday radio host asked repeatedly Tuesday, attaching an air of mystery to the Comcast Spectacor chairman who worked alongside Ed Snider during the last few years of Snider's life and has succeeded him in death.

"I don't know, maybe I have to dye my hair white," said Scott a few hours later, sitting in what was once Snider's office, "So I can look more like Ed."...

If you are a Flyers fan and you didn't know who Scott was before Tuesday, you should now. Because, as much as Paul Holmgren couched Monday's dismissal of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall as a consensus, Scott made it clear in a private meeting afterward that that he had grown weary of hearing, in his words, " 'Two years from now.' And 'Three years from now.' "

"It's too long,'' said Scott. " I think it's just too long of a timeline. The business moves too fast for that. The business side.''...

Trades for veterans to help his struggling penalty kill last summer were also not made. Scott acknowledged Tuesday that he attended last summer's NHL draft in Dallas anticipating pulling off a big trade.

"Didn't happen,'' said Scott. "And again, Ron was the guy and he was committed to this thing. … We came back from the draft. I was disappointed that we didn't get more done. I went out to see [Ron] on a Tuesday and I think he signed JVR on a Friday.''

James van Riemsdyk received a five-year, $35 million deal after John Tavares made it clear he was not interested in playing for the Flyers.

Said Scott, "It's nice when you can give somebody a blank check and you don't ask them to trade somebody away. It's all upside.''

If that sounds like a slight dig, well it probably is.

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Why Was Ron Hextall Fired?

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Dave Scott, the CEO of the Flyers' parent company Comcast Spectacor, and club president Paul Holmgren wanted general manager Ron Hextall to be more aggressive in the trade market and thought his plan was taking too long.

That, in a nutshell, is why Hextall was fired Monday, the two Flyers executives said during and after a news conference Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Holmgren said it was his decision and that Scott went along with it.

In an interview after the news conference, Scott said Hextall's methodical rebuild needed to move faster.

"It's too long of a timeline," Scott said of Hextall's plan. "The business moves faster than that."

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Video- Would You Like To See Chris Pronger As GM For The Philadelphia Flyers?

NHL Tonight discusses the question and other candidates too.

 

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Ron Hextall Relieved Of His Duties In Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Flyers Suffer a 6-0 Blowout Loss To The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

The Flyers (10-11-2), who were coming off an impressive 4-0 win over the visiting Rangers on Friday, suffered their fifth loss in the last six games.

"I don't have much to say. We're ticked off," said captain Claude Giroux, who was minus-3 in the game, as were linemates Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny. "After a great game at home, we come on the road and play like this. It's frustrating. Twenty-two points on the season, we're not where we want to be. Do I think we're going to make the playoffs? Yeah, I think we're going to make the playoffs. But we need to start playing better as a team, and it has to start soon."...

Because of numerous defensive breakdowns, the Flyers spent Saturday's first period allowing a slew of two-on-ones and breakaways — against a team that had lost two straight and was missing two of its best offensive players: top-line forwards Auston Matthews (injured) and William Nylander (unsigned restricted free agent).

The Flyers' up-and-down play this season is nothing new. They have been Team Inconsistent in Dave Hakstol's four coaching seasons.

If the trend continues, general manager Ron Hextall figures to make a major move — whether it's shaking up the roster with a trade (Wayne Simmonds?) or changing coaches. Joel Quenneville, a three-time Stanley Cup winner as Chicago's coach, is available — at least for now.

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