Joel Quenneville’s Firing was Nearly Serendipitous for the Flyers

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Going 3-0-1 on a west coast road trip would typically welcome some pats on the back and a feeling of pride among fans. So, with the Flyers taking 7 of 8 possible points from their recent swing, the fanbase is ecstatic, right?

Not so much.

The “Fire Hakstol” contingent – one that had grown exponentially after the team dropped to 4-7-0 following a 6-1 home loss to the New York Islanders – has to be beside itself. Not only did Dave Hakstol save his job, but he couldn’t have done it at a better time. On Tuesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks made a decision that reverberated throughout the hockey world:

Quenneville finds himself in a prestigious group of free agent Stanley Cup winning coaches including Darryl Sutter, a two-time Cup-winning coach formerly of the LA Kings.

Should Flyers fans be upset? One could argue they should be. As Anthony previously reported, there was a feeling among some in the organization that a poor road trip could’ve led to Hakstol’s dismissal, and perhaps the firing of the GM who hired him, Ron Hextall. Guys like Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds – who have been rumored as potential trade assets – have to be breathing a sigh of relief. All of that said, there has to be some residual anxiety left over. After all, if the coach was four poor results away from being let go, how confident can he and his staff really feel in their job security? Could anyone really blame the players if they tune out the message in the locker room if another streak of mediocre results plagues the team in the next week? The team has five games in ten nights starting Thursday, one of which includes a matchup against the Blackhawks.

It’s now a “what if?” game. Would Ron Hextall have leaned upon a coach he was familiar with during his time in LA in Sutter? Could the simply serendipitous firing of Quenneville and a bad road trip from the Flyers have led Hextall to hire a previously successful coach?

I guess we’ll never know… Until the next winless streak.

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16 Responses

  1. To be fair about that Boruk tweet, Hakstol took over a rebuilding process. Showing that list is similar to talking about Brett Browns win/loss record during his tenure. It’s facts are taken a bit out of context because of circumstances.

    1. You are all complete Bozo’s! The flyers are the best team in philly with the hottest guys!

    2. It’s not even remotely close to the same thing. Hakstol has had the Flyers core throughout his tenure. Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, Couturier, etc. were all there. Brown had a bunch of nobodies to work with.

      1. Hakstol has had Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, Couturier… and then a bunch of aging veterans, borderline rookies, and no goaltender. To say that he had a lot to work with would be absurd. He compiled a .569 record over his tenure while undergoing a rebuilding process. That’s not bad.

  2. Why would this even be a question. A mediocre college coach versus a 3 times Stanley Cup Champion with over 700 wins who has only missed the playoffs once in his career. If I was Dave Scott I’d fire Hextall if he didn’t pull the trigger.

    1. Hexy wants a personality he can control, not an alpha like Quenneville. He’ll promote another new name before he goes with an established coach who may challenge him, or he’ll ride us off the cliff with Hakstol. By the time our”rebuild” is complete another club will have rebuilt, won a Cup and rebuilt again. Flyers upper management is a joke, like the Phillies and Sixers.

  3. 6-6-3 is the blackhawks record and they saw fit to fire a HOF coach …7-7-1 and our organization and players are breathing a sigh of relief …yup, that just about sums it up

  4. The Flyers have way more talent than their record and play would indicate. It’s clear to me at this point that the coach needs to go, and if they were seriously considering it before this roadtrip, four games shouldn’t have all of a sudden saved his job. I’m not terribly familiar with Quenneville, but his track record speaks for itself. Don’t blow this opportunity…

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