Flyers management’s expectations this season were to win a playoff round for the first time since 2012. Instead they are dead last in the Eastern Conference with 28 points through Sunday, eight shy of a playoff spot, have lost five of their last six games and it will cost coach Dave Hakstol his job.
Multiple sources tell the Courier Post that the Flyers will announce the firing of Hakstol Sunday night or Monday morning.
Sources also indicated that Joel Quenneville, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, has been offered the position and accepted it. It’s unknown if he will make his debut Tuesday night when the Flyers play against the Detroit Red Wings at home or after the holiday break. If he waits, look for Lehigh Valley Phantoms coach Scott Gordon to be an interim head coach until Quenneville joins the club.
After announcing the firing of Ron Hextall as general manager, Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott told reporters from the Courier Post, Associated Press, Delaware County Daily Times and Allentown Morning Call that Quenneville’s name came up immediately when he was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 7 and the idea of hiring him was broached with Hextall, but “Ron was saying, ‘Let’s stay the course.’”
There is some familiarity between Quenneville and Flyers new general manager Chuck Fletcher.