Hextall's State of the Flyers

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by Michael DeNicola

Tags: Craig Berube Jakub Voracek Ron Hextall Zac Rinaldo
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by Michael DeNicola

Monday, January 05, 2015 --

We're two games from the midway point of the 2014-15 season; our record is 14 - 18 - 7 (35 points); we're 10-points outside of a Wild Card position, 12-points from 3rd Seed in the Metropolitan Division; our points percentage (0.449) is the lowest it has been since the '06-07 campaign (0.341); and we have 43 games left to turn things around.

So you're telling me there's a chance?

Wayne Fish, a sports columnist from the Bucks County Courier Times, spent the early afternoon tweeting key quotes from GM Ron Hextall and his State of the Flyers --

Another Hextall quote, this time provided by CSNPhilly.com, was either a breath of fresh air... or more of the same hair-pulling rhetoric we've heard from his predecessor, depending on who you are --

"My plan and thoughts with this franchise moving forward are no different than last summer. We are going to continue to go down that path. Is it going to be altered if we continue to go the way we are? Probably a little bit."

Staying the course. There are really not that many other choices, unless Hextall wants to dump the patient approach and head straight for a rebuild... which would absolutely involve trading linchpins like Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds; and pairing bad assets with youthful assets in trade deals to dispatch contractual obligations.

Like Bill Meltzer mentioned in an article this past weekend, "These are not simple issues to resolve. That is why general manager Ron Hextall has not pulled the trigger on any moves yet this season and why his hands may be tied for awhile to come. It's not pretty, but it is reality." [HockeyBuzz.com]

And lastly....

Anyone who solely blames Chief for this team's record -- or even assigns the majority blame -- is seriously lacking critical thinking skills. These people need their scapegoat, and pointing the finger at one person is always easier than dissecting an issue with evaluation. 

But should Berube be completely excused because his players lack the competency and execution?

My answer: Fuck no....

Jakub Voracek is the leading points-getter of the National Hockey League, but because Lecavalier & Co. from our bottom trio are carving out positive performances lately, Berube is entertaining the thought of pairing Jake with this hunk of shit?


Desperate times call for desperate measures, but this is deranged and virtually unexampled. 

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