Unlucky 13: Flyers stumble in franchise-worst losing streak

그럼 또, much like the fictional fighter, the Flyers’ championship heyday peaked in the 1970s.

더 많은 스포츠 범위를 보려면 여기를 클릭하십시오. .

These Flyers are defined by losing, fan apathy and playing second string in their own building.

So with that as the backdrop, Flyers chairman Dave Scott had something to say:

“죄송 해요,” 그는 말했다.

You deserve so much better than what we’re dealing with right now. This isn’t what anybody signed up for,” he said Wednesday.

The Flyers are indeed sorryin a sorry state.

They are losers of a franchise-record 13 straight games and in last place (13-22-8) in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers have lost four in a row in regulation, five away from matching the team record set in 2006. The Flyers also became the first team in NHL history to have a pair of 10-game losing streaks within the first 40 games of the season.

The first streak cost coach Alain Vigneault his job. Mike Yeo was named interim coach for the rest of the season and the Flyers will wait until the offseason to decide on a new coach.

But for the fans who have waited since 1975 to win a Stanley Cup, the wait will go on without bottoming outakin to fellow Wells Fargo Center tenant, and attendance sellout regulars, the 76ers and their Process.

I don’t really see this as being a three-, four-, five-year rebuild at all,” Scott이 말했습니다..

Flyers fans on Twitter promptly broke out the rolled-eyes emoji.

Scott noted the core of Sean Couturier, 케빈 헤이즈, Joel Farabee and Ryan Ellis make a strong enough starting point for general manager Chuck Fletcher to build into a contender.

I’m going to give him a blank check,” Scott이 말했습니다.. “We’re going to get this right. Whatever we need to do. Don’t want to wait; want to deal with it now.

The Flyers are expected to have roughly $ 12.5 million in cap space this offseason, though that’s factoring in pending free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and other players in need of a new contract.

With three months left in the season, the Flyers are playing out the string with an eye on next season, and a future that could be shaped by what Fletcher does at the March 21 trade deadline.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux, the longest-tenured player, is still having a fantastic season at 34 and leads the team with 15 [object Window] 34 포인트들.

Giroux could waive his no-movement clause as he plays out the final months of his $ 66.2 백만, eight-year contract and allow the Flyers to trade him for prospects and draft picks. Fletcher and Giroux’s agent, Pat Brisson, met this week and will have more discussions about the All-Star’s fate. Giroux’s salary this season is only $ 5 백만, which would make him easier for smaller-market teams to take on.

“궁극적으로, that will be his decision,” Fletcher said.

Philadelphia Flyers chairman Dave Scott, 왼쪽, and Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher take part in a news conference at the team's NHL hockey practice facility, 수요일, 1 월. 26, 2022, in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers have lost a team-record 13 straight games.

Philadelphia Flyers chairman Dave Scott, 왼쪽, and Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher take part in a news conference at the team’s NHL hockey practice facility, 수요일, 1 월. 26, 2022, in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers have lost a team-record 13 straight games. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Fletcher acknowledged the Flyers need moretop-end talentbut raised eyebrows among the dwindling faithful when he said awinning corewas already in place. 있다? The Flyers have won just one playoff round and reached the postseason only four times since 2012.

They’ve churned through six coaches over that span, birthed Gritty, tore down the Kate Smith statue and had Jawn night.

But they didn’t raise a banner.

Fletcher was hired in December 2018 to clean up a mess left behind from a halfhearted rebuild and poor draft picks from the previous regime. His moves have largely failed to pay off.

스콧, 그러나, threw his full support behind Fletcher and said the GMwho hired and fired Vigneault and had his 2021 offseason overhaul backfire — 만든 “some smart moves. I think we put a really strong roster together.

“운수 나쁘게, it didn’t pan out for us.

As the losses piled up, so have the empty seats inside an arena once packed and crazed for every game. The cure all, 물론이야, is winning, and should the Flyers blossom into contenders again, fans will show up in droves. 그때까지, the crowd for an opening faceoff will continue to look like the third period of a preseason game; the loudest noise from the boos at the end of the horn.

While a number of season-ticket holders and former players grumble about the disconnect from the days the late Ed Snider ran the ship, Scott said Comcast Spectacor has no interest in selling the team.

The Flyers are about miss the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since a string of five straight absences from 1990-94. Perhaps they can cling to history as a guidethe Flyers reached the Stanley Cup final in 1997. They haven’t gone that far since a six-game loss to Chicago in 2010, when Giroux burst into a future star and so many brighter days seemed ahead.

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