The confusion has settled and it's official.
General manager Chuck Fletcher fired Dave Hakstol Monday afternoon and named Scott Gordon the head coach on an interim basis.
"After meeting this morning with Dave Hakstol and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to relieve him of his duties as head coach," Fletcher said in a statement released by the team. "As I continue to assess the team, I feel that this is the best course of action for our group moving forward. I'd like to thank Dave for his service to the team and the organization. Scott Gordon will serve as head coach on an interim basis."
The news, which was reported Sunday but not made official, comes three weeks after the Flyers relieved Ron Hextall of his duties and replaced him with Fletcher.
With Hakstol, the Flyers gave it the good old college try.
Hiring the first coach straight from the collegiate ranks since 1982 came with mixed reviews, but for a deeply entrenched fan base that had attached its fervor to Ed Snider’s “win now” philosophy, the Hakstol era will be viewed as a failure.
As well it should.
And it’s every bit of an indictment against Hextall as the head coach himself.