Flyers Fire Head Coach Dave Hakstol

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The Philadelphia Flyers fired head coach Dave Hakstol, the team announced on Monday morning. Hakstol was not out during the Flyers’ practice on Monday. According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Scott Gordon will come up from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and serve as interim head coach. 

Hakstol was hired by the Flyers in the 2015 offseason coming out of the University of North Dakota. He went 134-102-42 (56% winning percentage) in three and a quarter seasons with Philadelphia.

Under Hakstol, the Flyers went to the postseason twice but lost in six games in the first round each time: to the Washington Capitals in 2016 and the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.

Philadelphia currently sits dead last in the Eastern Conference with 28 points and have lost two in a row despite having some nice players all around their lineup with forwards Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, and James Van Riemsdyk, as well as some good young defenseman so it’s possible their season could turn around if they fix their goaltending situation as their team currently has a save percentage of .866, one of the worst in the league.

The team just fired general manager Ron Hextall on November 26 and hired Chuck Fletcher, who was released as GM of the Minnesota Wild this past offseason because he has never built a team that has gone farther than the second round, to replace him. While the Wild have made the postseason for six straight seasons, they have only gone past the first round twice and have never gotten past the second round. They last passed the first round in 2015.

Flyers Release

Please see the following statement from Flyers Executive Vice President & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher:
“After meeting this morning with Dave Hakstol and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to relieve him of his duties as head coach. As I continue to assess the team, I feel that this is the best course of action for our group moving forward. I’d like to thank Dave for his service to the team and the organization. Scott Gordon will serve as head coach on an interim basis.”

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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