Many Philadelphia Flyers fans were not pleased with how their team approached the recent NHL trade deadline, and it turns out they weren’t the only ones. The franchise’s ownership apparently felt the same and decided to move on from the man who was responsible for that.
On Friday, the Flyers announced they had fired their general manager and president of hockey operations, Chuck Fletcher. They also confirmed that Daniel Brière, who was the Special Assistant to General Manager, will take over on an interim basis.
The biggest criticism of Fletcher has been his lack of activity during the NHL trade deadline. The Flyers wanted to move several veteran players, most of them on expiring contracts, but Fletcher failed to get any proposed deals over the line. Considering Philly is in rebuild mode, this was a missed opportunity to add more draft assets for players that were already on the exit door.
Fletcher took over as the Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager in 2018, and the team has made only one playoff appearance since then. They have been particularly bad this season, winning only 24 games and sitting second to last in Metropolitan Division.
“Flyers fans deserve a better team than what they’ve seen on the ice over the past few seasons and a clear plan to return this team to Stanley Cup contention,” said Flyers governor Dave Scott in a statement. “We know that this will be a multi-year process, and we are committed to doing it right, because we want to put this franchise on a path toward winning the Stanley Cup, period.”