The Flyers lay off Dave Hakstol; Scott Gordon will be the acting
Photo: Derik Hamilton, Associated Press
Hired by Ron Hextall, Hakstol was in its fourth season at the helm of the Flyers.
After four consecutive defeats and eleven in the course of their fourteen games, the Philadelphia Flyers have fired their head coach Dave Hakstol and replaced on an interim basis by Scott Gordon.
The general manager Chuck Fletcher made the announcement Monday, less than two weeks after replacing Ron Hextall.
“After having met Dave Hakstol this morning and after careful consideration, I have decided to relieve of his duties, said Fletcher. While I continue to evaluate the team, I think it is the best decision to take. “
The Flyers have compiled a record of 1-3-1 in the course of the stay abroad is used by Fletcher to assess Hakstol, the coaching staff and the team in general.
Hired by Hextall, Hakstol was in its fourth season at the helm of the Flyers. Named in the post prior to the 2015-2016 season, the former coach of the University of North Dakota has led 277 games in the NHL, compiling a record of 134-101-42. He has participated in the playoffs in 2016 and 2018, but the Flyers were shut out in the first round on each occasion.
This season, the team shows a record of 12-15-4 after 31 meetings and occupies the last place of the Association Is. The Flyers are 10 points Boston Bruins, who currently occupy the last place teams rescued before the games of Monday.
The Flyers have not indicated when we had to replace permanently Hakstol. The name of Joel Quenneville, fired last month by the Chicago black hawks, has been advanced due to his relationship with Fletcher.
Gordon will assume the position of head coach for the second time in the NHL, after a passage of nearly three seasons with the New York Islanders. He spent a little more than three seasons at the helm of the Phantoms to Lehigh Valley, club-school Flyers.
“He has a very creative approach to the game of hockey,” said defender Andrew MacDonald, who played for Gordon in Islanders. We had a really young team when I was there, a team in transition. It was a difficult situation for him. He tried to bring his new ideas and his philosophy. I loved to play for Scott. He is a man of quality, he has good game systems, and I think he will do a good job for us. “
The last game of Hakstol will, therefore, have been a defeat of 5-1 against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. After this meeting, Hakstol has estimated that its players were well beaten, but that this was not sufficient, taking into account the result.
The results are, moreover, insufficient for the Flyers, who have not won the Stanley Cup since 1975. After several years of rebuilding, the team is believed to be ready to fight for the top of the pad.
“After nearly four years, a relationship settles down,” said captain Claude Giroux. A guy has to pay for our lack of success, it is a bit unfair, but this is business. This is a difficult day. “
The years Hakstol have been marked by the lack of consistency. In 2016-2017, the Flyers became the first team to miss the playoffs despite a sequence of 10 wins in the regular season. The following year, they became the first team to enter, after having experienced a series of 10 reverse.
The 277 meetings Hakstol at the head of the Flyers rank third in the club’s history, behind Fred Shero and Mike Keenan.