The Philadelphia Flyers have fired general manager Ron Hextall.
Hextall was hired in the 2014 offseason, so he’s been there for four full seasons. In those four years, the team averaged 91.5 points, earning two playoff appearances and zero playoff round wins.
There is a lot of good young talent on this team with Nolan Patrick, Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov, Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Samuel Morin, and Travis Sanheim all in their age-25 season or under. There is also Morgan Frost and Carter Hart in the pipeline. All this neglects to mention the mainstays like Couturier, Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, and van Riemsdyk. Long story short, it seems like Hextall has built a nice team here. Goaltending (and the penalty kill) has basically sunk them. Oh, and probably the coach, but that’s another topic for another day.
We’ll see who they hire and judge it from there. To me, Hextall did a pretty good job assembling a very talented roster with a lot of good, young talent. Not just the prospects, but actual, good, proven NHL talent. The next GM may exceed Hextall’s success in terms of playoff wins but it sure doesn’t feel like this is a case of assembling a bad team outside of the netminders, and Sergei Bobrovsky wasn’t traded on his watch.