That’s all the Flyers have at this moment to get their team, locker room, and hockey-playing style fixed.
Things are pretty stressful in the Flyers organization right now. They were before the game Saturday and it’s no different now that they got their doors blown off on home ice by the New York Islanders by a score of 6-1.
This is the same New York Islanders team whose leading goal scorer coming into the game against the Flyers was Val Filppula.
Yeah, that’s how bad it’s gotten for the Flyers.
Ron Hextall doesn’t usually have very many visitors to his general manager’s box.
On Monday night it was former GM Bob Clarke, who made a visit. He watched the game with Hextall, and then had a serious chat with him afterwards, before saying goodbye and telling Hextall he’d see him in a couple weeks.
Then today, before the games against the Isles, Hextall was visited by Dave Scott, CEO of Comcast Spectacor, the parent company of the Flyers.
He’s been pretty quiet for a long time, giving Hextall a lot of latitude in running the hockey organization.
But by dropping into the GM’s box, and being certain to be seen by the media, it could be a hint that the slack he’s been cutting is suddenly going to shorten up.
Maybe it’s the slow drip of dwindling patrons that bothers Scott. Although most Flyers tickets are sold, there are an inordinate number of empty seats on game days. That means either people have tickets and are opting not to use them, or they were purchased by brokers and the inventory can’t be moved.
Either way, it’s an indication that the public is starting to become a bit apathetic about the hockey team.
And why not? They are 4-7-0. They have have yet to win consecutive games this season. A lot of the same problems that have plagued them in the previous three seasons of the Hextall/Dave Hakstol tenure continue to rear their ugly heads.
But perhaps most damning is the fact that they are not good in their own building. They have been outscored 26-15 in six games so far at Wells Fargo Center and are 2-4-0 at home. And they tried to give away one of their two wins, but were able to pull out a shootout win over Florida after coughing up a three-goal lead.
Not even Gritty can provide enough equity for the organization to quell the mix of apathy and anger that exists within the Flyers fan base.
The “Fire Hakstol” chants at the Wells Fargo Center are now as frequent as the E-A-G-L-E-S ones emanating from the mezzanine level.
Fans, who used to bring signs to the game to put on the glass for warmups telling the players how much they love them have resorted to this:
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— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 27, 2018
Scott had to take notice. Had to.
Something has to be done. Has to.
Because if this goes on much further without course correcting, this season will be over before Midterm Election results come in.
“I don’t think anybody is happy,” said Ivan Provorov, who actually looked like his old self against the Islanders, which is one of only a couple small positives to take from this game. “We have to play better and we have to figure out soon what the hell is going on.”
What the hell is going on is a team is playing hockey without much confidence in themselves individually, in each other and in the structure of their system.
Every player is basically admitting it at this point.