PHILADELPHIA – Coaching in the NHL, cold business. There's no hiding from it. Years close friendship and memory Stanley Cup generally unravel to the unfortunate result of road trips.
But even the most ugly divorce coaching, at least, as a rule, clean split.
Rarely command allows the coach to hang out there, as the Philadelphia Flyers did with Dave Hakstol, which was graciously dismissed on Monday after parts of four seasons at the helm.
This change has become necessary coaching was not a shock. Flyers rolled over and throw at Hakstol them swing through Western Canada.
It was a penalty, which was unsuccessful.
A few hours after the report surfaced Sunday that Hakstol was dismissed, leaflets denied the story, and finally said: "Dave Hakstoly our coach," spokesman said practices will resume on Monday, and even after the team took the ice without Hakstol, was not there any official word.
Mess was made of Hakstol for the hockey world to see, awkward fumbling played out in real time on social media for one of the proudest franchises of the game.
Flyers diced many of them 51 years old – from Roger Nilsson, and then-GM Bob Clarke said "We did not tell him to go get cancer" to shoot LaViolette three games of the season – but someone has forgotten to sharpen the guillotine in South Philadelphia.
"I just felt that if & # 39; unity," said Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher Hakstol and his team. "If communication breaks down, I think …, that the message was not received, you get to the point where this is what happens. You make a change, and you try to get another voice … I felt that it was in the best interests of all, including Dave to make this decision sooner rather than later, when it came to this point. "
Hakstol was fired against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest areas for coaches in NHL history.
Five coaches have been preserved for the last 44 days from Los Angeles dismissed John Stevens On November 4, including Joel Quenneville in Chicago, November 6, Mike Yeo in St. Louis November 19 McLellan in Edmonton on Nov. 20 and Hakstol.
Only one season in the history of the game saw more in a season coaching change than this – in 2011-12, when the seven bench bosses were fired.
We still have a week to go before Christmas. Perhaps the spirit of a unique holiday NHL roster freeze can be extended bench.
Since volatility was incredible, even by NHL standards. Case in point: Hakstol did it three and a half seasons with the Flyers, where he was the third longest tenured coach in franchise history, and only three people in the NHL was in office longer: Tampa Bay, John Cooper, Winnipeg Paul Morris and Laviolette Nashville.
More than one-third of the NHL (11 teams) turned over the coaching staff, as the buzzer at the end of the last regular season in April. It was bound to happen after last season was the first in the expansion era, that was not a single season in the coaching change.
And more changes on the way.
Three clubs are now including leaflets have coaches who work on a temporary basis. Kings and Blues Sun promised nothing Willie Desjardins and Bérubé.
Fletcher contributed Phantoms AHL Lehigh Valley coach Scott Gordon for what essentially boils down to a 51-game sample to work. Gordon, 55, coached the New York Islanders for parts of three seasons from 2008-11.
"I expect that Scott will be the head coach until the end of the year," Fletcher told reporters. "I'm going to start the process of defining what I think the quality of the next head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers is necessary … To be honest, I do not know how long it will take. While I do not know what I'm looking for, I can not find it. "
For Hakstol, who became the first coach in 25 years «Badger» Bob Johnson jump from NCAA in the NHL when he was hired by former GM Ron Hextall in 2015, it was a failed experiment. Hextall was dismissed Flyers two weeks ago on December 3.
Hakstol not win a round in two playoff games of the Stanley Cup. He was 134-101-42 record .560 percentage points, very mediocre record in the game today.
He has also never been evaluated with the use of appropriate goalkeepers. Leaflets were team .897 save percentage over the last three seasons, better than only Carolina (0.8966) League width of this interval. This flier entitled to participate in the playoffs in one of these seasons is impressive.
Of course, one of the reasons Hakstol was fired was stalled development of some of the young team of stars. defender Ivan clever, 21, has endured growing pains after a 17-goals of the company. Overall selection № 2 Patrick Nolan, 20, took a step back after the close of the last season on a tear. Shane Gostisbeer, 25, was a shell of its former this season.
It will be on Gordon Shepherd along the top goalie prospect and Team Canada World Junior Star Hart CarterWho was recalled from the AHL on Monday. Hart will be the sixth goalie Flyer to see time this season, the second team ever to do so before Christmas.
Fletcher said the aim Flyer "still make the playoffs." So, who's next?
Fletcher denied a report that said Joel Quenneville took a job, to be the next coach of the club, saying that he was not "talking with Joel for maybe two years."
"No, he is under contract with Chicago, I did not ask permission," said Fletcher.
For example, a search on – for the next person to be fired. We all have an expiration date, but hopefully nothing like coaches in the NHL.
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