What The Hex: Flyers Fire GM Ron Hextall

The Philadelphia Flyers have done the unthinkable. No, their mascot Gritty is (un)thankfully still employed by the club...

But the Flyers have done something much more shocking than unveiling their new mascot: they've fired their general manager before their head coach!

That's absolutely unheard of in today's NHL. Just last week, I mentioned how GMs around the league were using their coaches as scapegoats for their salary cap messes. Well, I can't say the same about Ron Hextall. Not because he was fired before his coach, but because he wasn't, and isn't, like any other GM.

Flyers' president Paul Holmgren cleared the air in a press conference this morning, the day after the smoke cleared from Hextall's abrupt dismissal. It was a move that was deemed shocking, and for good reason. A big face of the franchise had been given the boot, despite all of his dedication to the team he bled orange and black for.

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