The straw that broke the camel’s back, the breaking point, the end of the line. Whichever cliché you choose to describe the Flyers 6-0 loss in Toronto Saturday night, something had to give, and something did. In a move that shocked Flyers fans far and wide, the team announced Monday morning that the organization had decided to move on from Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Hextall.
A statement from Flyers President Paul Holmgren:
“The Flyers organization has decided to relieve Ron Hextall of his duties as Executive Vice President and General Manager. We thank Ron for his many significant contributions, but it has become clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach concerning the direction of the team. In light of these differences, we feel it’s in the organization’s best interests to make a change, effective immediately. I have already begun a process to identify and select our next General Manager, which we hope to complete as soon as possible.”
There’s already much speculation as to what philosophical changes the organization and Hextall didn’t see eye to eye on. The popular opinion, and one that I share, is the two sides couldn’t agree on the future of head coach Dave Hakstol. Hextall has been a staunch defender of the man he hired three and half years ago even during a season where things seem to be getting worse by the week. Hextall’s patient approach to the construction of the NHL roster, once welcomed and accepted, seems to have become too much for an organization that has historically had a “win now” mindset.
Holmgren and Comcast Spectacor CEO Dave Scott will hold a press conference to announce the move Tuesday morning at 11am. It is not expected the pair will announce Hextall’s successor at this time.
Stay tuned to Philly is Flyer all day for further opinions and analysis on today’s move. A new Gettin’ Bullied Podcast will be on it’s way later tonight discussing Hextall’s firing and what’s next for the Philadelphia Flyers.
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