Philadelphia Flyers fire Ron Hextall after tough start to 2018-19 season

After losing five of their last six games, the Philadelphia Flyers have relieved Ron Hextall of his duties as the team’s Executive Vice President and General Manager.

The organization broke the news on Monday following a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

“We thank Ron for his many significant contributions,” Flyers President Paul Holmgren shared in a statement, “but it has become clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach concerning the direction of this team.”

The club took the shocking step of firing its general manager without naming an immediate replacement, but Holmgren has reportedly begun the process of identifying Hextall’s successor. The Flyers will address the state of the organization at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Hextall, who played 11 seasons in Philadelphia’s goal crease, had been with the club’s executive staff since he retired in 1999. He was named the team’s general manager in 2014, building a team that made the playoffs twice but failed to advance beyond the first round.

With a 10-11-2 record, the Flyers have gotten off to a rocky start as they dwell near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings. Their embarrassing loss to Toronto on Saturday night leaves the team five points out of a playoff spot.

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