The Philadelphia Flyers today announced that they have released Chuck Fletcher from his duties as President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. Daniel Brière, currently serving as Special Assistant to the General Manager, has been named Interim General Manager while the organization begins the process of permanently filling two separate positions: a President of Hockey Operations and a General Manager. Brière will travel to be with the team in Pittsburgh today.
Dave Scott, Chairman of Comcast Spectacor and Governor of the Philadelphia Flyers, issued the following statement:
“The Philadelphia Flyers organization has always been defined by grit, determination, and a standard of excellence. Over the past several seasons, our team simply has not lived up to that standard, so today, we will begin to chart a new path forward under a new leadership structure for Hockey Operations.
“This morning, we released Chuck Fletcher from his President and General Manager responsibilities. We are grateful for his hard work and dedication to this organization, and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward. Chuck faced significant challenges during his time as President and General Manager, including some that were outside of his control, but we have reached a point at which we must move in a different direction and look to the future under new leadership.
“Flyers fans deserve a better team than what they’ve seen on the ice over the past few seasons, and a clear plan to return this team to Stanley Cup contention. We know that this will be a multi-year process, and we are committed to doing it right, because we want to put this franchise on a path toward winning the Stanley Cup, period.
“In the coming days, we will begin the process of re-structuring our Hockey Operations Department by separating the President and General Manager positions. We view this as a critical opportunity to not only re-establish the standard of excellence that our fans expect, but also to bring new energy, accountability, and strategic vision to our organization.
“As Interim General Manager, Danny Brière will oversee Hockey Operations. He is ideally suited for this role, having served as Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Flyers for the past year in addition to his more than 25 years in professional hockey as a player and in management. He will ensure a smooth transition following Chuck’s departure and support the team and Head Coach John Tortorella through the remainder of the season and into the offseason.”
The team is set to miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season and seventh time in the past 11 seasons, currently sitting at 24-30-11 (15 points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference).
Fletcher replaced former GM Ron Hextall on November 26, 2018.
Philadelphia failed to trade pending unrestricted free agent right-wing James Van Riemsdyk before the NHL Trade Deadline passed last Friday.
By Harrison Brown
Yet the Caps cant seem to replace an inept HC who until the trade deadline hardley ever played the youth. Time for a change!
Agree with you Druid. Gotta think it’s coming.
Briere was a Cap killer in his day. He was always potting goals against us. Big ones too. Seems like he was everywhere in that ’08 playoff series