Flyers fire head coach Dave Hakstol

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Monday that they have fired Dave Hakstol. 

Hakstol came to the Flyers after 11 seasons with the University of North Dakota. However, without prior NHL coaching experience, Hakstol helped produce many NHL players including Jonathan Toes and T.J. Oshie. 

Taking the interim position will be Scott Gordon, the Flyers’ AHL affiliate coach. Gordan hasn’t been away from the NHL for long after serving as the New York Islanders head coach (2008-10).

Hakstol was currently in the fourth year with the Flyers and is currently the fifth coach to be fired this season. No head coaches were fired during the 2017-18 season which was a first since the Original Six expansion.

Hakstol lead the Flyers to the playoffs in two of the three seasons. Last season the Flyers rode a 10-game losing streak but over came the struggles and found themselves in the playoffs. However, the Flyers lost to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.

Currently, the Flyers have the worst record in the Eastern Conference (12-15-4) and are currently riding a four game losing streak. During that four game span the Flyers have been outscored 22-8.

This comes as a shock after the Flyers signed James van Riemsdyk. Who many believed was one of the best offensive players on the market.

The Flyers parted ways with GM Ron Hextall last month and brought in Chuck Fletcher. Fletcher was recently the GM of the Minnesota Wild for nine seasons.

What was surprising was that the Flyers denied reports four days ago about the program moving on from Hakstol. Fletcher stated that it would take time to evaluate Hakstol before making a decision about the coaches future with the program.

Hours before the Hakstol firing, the Flyers recalled its top goal tending prospect, 20-year-old Carter Hart. 

The Flyers hope Hart can solve their issues in the net. Currently their biggest woe this season because the Flyers have gone through a league-high five goal tenders. The five goal tenders combined for a league worst .874 save percentage this season.

The Flyers may become the second team in NHL history to have six goalies play before Christmas, the other team being the 2002-03 St. Louis Blues.

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