PHILADELPHIA – Coaching in the NHL is a cold business. It's not hiding from it. Years of close friendship and the Stanley Cup memories routinely reveal a failed trip.
But even the most courageous coaching divorces are at least usually pure.
Rarely the team let the coach mock him there as Philadelphia Flyers did Dave Hakstol, who was graciously launched on Monday after four subdivisions in sweden.
The fact that change in training was necessary was not a shock. Flyers turned up and stopped at Hakstol at their speed through Western Canada.
It was an assault.
One hour after the report appeared on Sunday that Hakstol was dismissed, Flyers denied the story and said definitively: "Dave Hakstol is our coach." The spokesman said the exercise continued on Monday and after the team took the ice without Hakstol, there was no official word.
The hacker was made from Hakstol so that the world of ice hockey saw a real-time explosive event in social media for one of the most prominent franchises in the game.
Flyers has cut and uncovered for a long time for 51 years – Roger Neilson and then GM Bob Clarke saying "we have not told him about going to cancer" by burning Peter Laviolette for three games in the season – but someone has forgotten the sharpening of the guillotine in southern Philadelphia.
"I just knew that disconnection was possible" Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher said of Hakstol and his team. "When communication breaks down, I think … when you do not get the message, you get to the point where this happens. You make a change and you try to get a different voice … I felt it was in everyone's interest, like Dave, to make this decision earlier than later when it came to this point. "
Hakstol fired one of the crazy dimensions for coaches in NHL history.
Five coaches have been pressed for the last 44 days after Los Angeles John Stevens November 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.
During the game's history, only one season has seen more seasonal coaching options than this – in 2011-12 when seven bench sets were fired.
We have a week to go until Christmas. Maybe the spirit of NHL's unique holiday cruise can be expanded behind the bench.
Because volatility has been incredible, even according to NHL standards. The present case: Hakstol had not done three and a half years with Flyers, where he was the third longest contender in the franchise history and only three men had been in the NHL: Tampa Bay Jon Cooper, Winnipeg Paul Maurice and Nashville Laviolette .
More than a third of the NHL (11 teams) have turned coaching staff, as the buzzer sounded at the end of April's last run. This happened after the last season at the first expansion stage, when there was no one season coaching.
And the change is on the way.
The three clubs, which now include Flyers, are temporary coaches. Kings and Blues have not promised anything to Willie Desjardins or Craig Berube.
Fletcher promoted AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms coach Scott Gordonia, which means essentially 51 matches. Gordon, 55, conducted the New York archipelago for three seasons from 2008-11.
"My expectation is that Scott is the head coach for the rest of the year," Fletcher told reporters. "I'm beginning to recognize Philadelphia Flyers' next-door coach's features … I'm honestly not sure how long it will take. I do not know what I'm looking for, I can not find it."
Hakstol, who became the first coach for 25 years when Badger Bob Johnson jumped from NCAA to NHL when he was hired by former GM Ron Hextall in 2015, was a failed experiment. Flyers released Hextall two weeks ago 3.12.
Hakstol did not win rounds in two Stanley Cup playoffs. He made the 134-101-42 record at 0.55 percentage points, which was a totally medium record game today.
He has never been criticized for the benefit of the right handhold. Flyers had a percentage per game over the last three years .897, better than just Carolina (.8966) for the full range. The fact that the Flyers are valid for playoffs in one of these seasons is impressive.
Undoubtedly, part of the reason why Hakstol was made redundant was the stagnation of certain young stars. defender Ivan Provorov, 21, has suffered from pain after the 17-year campaign. No 2 general pick Nolan Patrick, 20, has taken a step back after closing the last season to tear. Shayne Gostisbehere, 25, has been his former self envelope during this season.
Gordon has the team's top goalkeeper and Team Canada World Junior event Carter Hart, which was called on AHL on Monday. Hart is Flyers' sixth goaltender who sees time this season, the other team does it before Christmas.
Fletcher said that Flyers' goal is "to make the playoffs yet." So who's next?
Fletcher denied the report that Joel Quenneville accepted the club as the next coach, saying he did not "talk to Joel for more than two years".
"No, he's with his contract in Chicago, I did not ask for permission," Fletcher said.
Yes, the search is on – when the next man is released. We all have an expiration date, but hopefully nothing like NHL coaches.
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