Hextall: The Flyers Will Not be Tanking for a Top Pick

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As it currently stands, the Flyers have a 2.3% chance of making the playoffs. That is not great. And if you’re not going to make the playoffs, the year is basically scrapped. With projected top picks Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel entering the draft upon mountains of hype and potential, it can be tempting to scrap the year yourself and make a run at them. But will the Flyers do that? Absolutely not, according to GM Ron Hextall:

“We’re not going that direction. You can’t sit and say, ‘OK, we’ll not win any games and we’ll get McDavid or Eichel.’ It’s not the way it works. … You don’t dictate necessarily where you finish because you owe it to your fans, you owe it to hockey, to try to win every game.”

Hextall, in tossing aside any tank-talk, mentioned organizational “credibility” — a sticking point for many against the Sixers’ strategy — often called “integrity.” “We have to be cognizant of the future,” Hextall continued. “We’re not going to give up a draft pick to make us a playoff team. If we can’t do it with the guys we’ve got, we’re not mortgaging our future to try and sneak into the playoffs.” And in one fell swoop, Hextall disregarded the Sixers’ plan and the potential Eagles strategy. Additionally, he’s brushed aside the Phillies’ plan by not solely employing players in their 30s.

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16 Responses

    1. Dude missing Hartnell isn’t the issue. His play hurt this team, and we were paying him way to much money. Our problems lie mostly in the defense. They’re awful, and they don’t seem to want to keep playing, because this team isn’t going to do anything this season.

      1. His play doesn’t hurt as badly as Umberger’s near total lack of production for similar money. At least the opponents had to look around when Hartnell was on the ice. Now the opponents just sort of ignore Umberger with no concern for their own safety ’cause wtf is Umberger gonna do? Looks like lots of nothing. He certainly doesn’t cause things to happen in either direction like Hartnell does. Compare their stats for the season. One of them is virtually invisible.

  1. If this were Paul Holmgren saying this as GM, I would take him at his word, cuz he’s a clueless idiot. Hextall…I’m not so sure. He’s not going to come out and say they’re tanking, and he’s not going to instruct the coaching staff to try and lose, but he’s not exactly doing anything to improve the team, is he? I mean they’re throwing this bum Rob Zepp out there every game. Hextall isn’t an idiot. He knows this team stinks, and he knows getting another mid-round pick isn’t going to help them that much. I think they are tanking at this point, from a management standpoint. They’re just not overtly tanking.

  2. They have a lottery, which means that fuck up Gary Bettman will fuck with the outcome and decide where these two end up based on whats best for the league. The good news for the Flyers is that they are in the biggest market out of all lottery teams.

    1. typical flyers fan to believe that bettman controls who goes where in the draft. just like the refs are out to get the flyers. hilarious.

      they cant get below the oilers so thats the only guarantee at 1 or 2. they’ll be stuck around pick 3-8.

      1. Go Pens! Toooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeet! Oh yeah baby! Thanks Gary – we still appreciate you getting Cindy Crosby to the burgh. We don’t support hockey unless the Pens are good. Mario was going to move the team.

  3. Hopefully they are still 10-15 points back of a Wildcard come trading deadline, so Hexy can clean house. The worse thing that could happen to this team is they go on a winning streak, and think they can make a playoff run and stand still at the deadline. G and Vorachek should be the only untouchables, as everyone should be on the block.

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