Sunday , July 3 2022

Hakstol tanned into one of the bloody parts for NHL coaches ever


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PHILADELPHIA – Training in NHL is a cold business. There is no hiding of it. Years of close friendship and Stanley Cup regularly reinforce as a result of a boring road trip.

However, even the youngest training hospitals are at least a clean split at least.

Rarely, a team allows a coach to hide out there as the Philadelphia Flyers did with Dave Hakstol, who was bitterly banned on Monday after parts of four seasons per head.

Training change was necessary, it was no shock. The Flyers attacked Hakstol and put them on ties through West Canada.

This was the operation that was packed.

Hours after a report faced on Sunday that Hakstol was turned off, the Flyers rejected the story and said definitively: "Dave Hakstol is our coach." A spokesman said an exercise would restart Monday and even after the team took the ice without Hakstol, no official word.

Hakstol's mess has been made for the hockey world to see, a real-time shameful flame on social media for one of the proud franchise of the game.

Flyers have sliced ​​and heard enough over their 51 years – by Roger Neilson and after-GM Bob Clarke says "we did not tell them to go to get cancer" to give Peter Laviolette the best three game to season – but you must have forgotten to beat the gilotine in South Philadelphia.

"I felt there was a disconnection," said Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher from Hakstol and his team. "When the communication breaks down, I think … when the message was not received, you will get a point where this happens. You change and try to have a different voice … I & # 39 ; n feel it's good for everyone, including Dave, to make this decision faster rather than later after she came to this point. "

Hakstol was thrown into one of the influenza parts for trainers in the history of NHL.

Five coaches have been canned over the past 44 days since Los Angeles came in John Stevens on May 4, including Joel Quenneville in Chicago on November 6, Mike Yeo in St Louis on November 19, Todd McLellan in Edmonton on November 20 and Hakstol.

Only one season in the history of the game has seen more training changes during this season or this one – in 2011-12 when seven small heads were fired.

We have a week to go until Christmas. The spirit of unique NHL holiday listings can be extended behind the bench.

Because the volatility has been incredible, even for NHL standards. Case at the point: Hakstol did not do it in three and a half terms with Flyers, where he was already a third-time trainer held in the franchise, and only three men in NHL were in post longer: Jon Cooper Tampa Bay, Laviolette Paul Maurice and Winnipeg and Nashville.

More than one third of the NHL (11 teams) have turned training staff since the smoker sounded at the end of the last regular season in April. That had to happen after the last season was the first in the expansion phase not to have one change of training in a season.

And there is more change on the way.

Three clubs, which now include the Flyers, have coaches acting temporarily. The Kings and Blues have promised nothing to Willie Desjardins and Craig Berube.

Fletcher promoted the Scott Gordon AHL Valley Lehigh Valley Phantoms for what is essentially constituting a support for 51 games for the post. Gordon, 55, trained New York Islanders coaches for parts of three terms from 2008-11.

"I'm expecting Scott to be the lead coach for the rest of the year," said Fletcher to reporters. "I'm going to start a process to identify what I think, the needs of the next trainer of the Philadelphia Flyers trainer … I need to be honest, I'm not sure how long that & # 39; n take. Until I know what I'm searching, I can not find it. "

For Hakstol, who became a first coach in 25 years of Bob Johnson's "Badger" to jump from the NCAA to the NHL when he was employed by former Ron Hextall GM in 2015, he was a failed experiment. Hextall was thrown away by the Flyers two weeks ago on December 3.

Hakstol did not win a round in two appearances of the Stanley Cup player. He recorded record 134-101-42 for a .560 point percentage, a perfect record in the game today.

It has never been evaluated with the right to go right. The Flyers had a percentage saving of .897 over the past three terms, better than just Carolina (.8966) alliance in that period. The qualified Flyers for the playoffs are one of those seasons that are striking.

Unfortunately, part of the reason for Hakstol was turned off was the interesting development of some of the team's young stars. Defenseman Ivan Provorov, 21, has experienced increasing pains after a 17-goal campaign. Decision number 2 generally Nolan Patrick, 20, has taken a step back after closing last tears. Shayne Gostisbehere, 25, has been a mess of himself herself this season.

Gordon will be a shepherd along the top-hoped prospects and the Junior Team World World star Carter Hart, which was remembered by the AHL on Monday. Hart will be the sixth Flyers coach to see the time of this season, and the second team ever to do so before Christmas.

Fletcher said Flyers' goal was "still playing the playoffs." So who's next?

Fletcher denied a report that said Joel Quenneville had accepted the job to be the next club coach, saying he had not "talked to Joel for more than two years."

"No, I'm under a contract with Chicago, I have not asked for permission," said Fletcher.

Yes, the search is in hand – for the next man to be turned off. We all have a closing date, but I hope nothing like trainers in NHL.

Contact Frank Seravalli on Twitter: @frank_seravalli

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