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The Philadelphia Flyers have fired General Manager and Vice President Ron Hextall, the team announced on Monday morning.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 26, 2018
The Flyers are 1-4-1 in their past six games and currently hold the seventh wild-card spot in the East, five points behind the Montreal Canadiens, who they have one game in hand on, for the final wild card spot, and four behind the New York Islanders, who have a game in hand on Philadelphia, for the final divisional spot. The team holds a record of 10-11-2 through 23 games this season.
Philadelphia allows the third-most goals in the league at 3.57 and has the second-worst penalty kill in the NHL (69.7%). Only the Ottawa Senators are worse on the penalty kill (68.5%).
The Flyers also have way to much talent up front to be ranked 18th with an average of 2.96 goals-per-game and a 15.7% efficiency on the power-play.
The Flyers’ .478 points percentage is tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the eighth-worst in the league.
The team has yet to name a replacement for Hextall, 54.
“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.”
Holmgren and Comcast Spectacor Chairman and CEO Dave Scott will be available to the media at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 27. There will be no further comment on this matter until that time.
By Harrison Brown