By Eric Jacinto
Two weeks ago, the Flyers hired Chuck Fletcher as the new General Manager and he said he would give Dave Hakstol a chance and wouldn't be making a coaching change anytime soon. Well here we are exactly two weeks later and the Flyers have made coaching change by firing Dave Hakstol after three and half seasons as head coach. They have named Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach, Scott Gordon the interim head coach until most likely the end of the season at least that's what Fletcher said in the press conference that he expects Gordon to be the head coach the rest of the season. Who knows if that will stay true remember he also said that he wouldn't make a coaching change and that didn't last more than two weeks.
Scott Gordon first game as coach will be on Tuesday night at home against the Detroit Redwings after a five game road trip in which they got one point in five games. They got that one point in an overtime loss to the Calgary Flames after having a two goal lead with over a minute left in the game. Also, on the road trip they suffered their worst lost of the season losing 7-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. They ended the trip scoring only two goals losing to the Edmonton Oilers (4-1) and Vancouver Canucks (5-1).
Dave Hakstol finished his Flyers coaching career with a record of 134-101-42 (12-15-4 this season) with two playoff appearances, losing in the first round both times. It was time for a change and a different voice in the locker room it was pretty obvious that the players weren't listening to him anymore with the performance they showed on the ice during the five-game Buffalo/Western Canada road trip. Who knows how Scott Gordon will do only time will tell, he did coach the young players that are now on the team so that's only a plus, if anything he does decent enough where they somehow sneak into the playoffs you just never know. There were reports on Sunday afternoon that Joel Quenneville former Chicago Blackhawks head coach would be the new head coach but those were just rumors. Fletcher said in the presser on Monday afternoon that he hasn't talked to Quenneville in two years and he would need to get permission from the Chicago Blackhawks to talk to him as he is still under contract.