It has been quite the roller-coaster ride in Philadelphia as several changes have taken place in the past few days. Following Monday’s decision to fire general manager Ron Hextall, the Flyers continued making changes on Wednesday, firing assistant general manager Chris Pryor and assistant coach Gord Murphy.
While it seems like the team is making moves in the right direction to get back to being a strong contender in the Eastern Conference, it was revealed on Tuesday evening that there is a sense that Hextall was fired because of his inability to make one major move in the past. And it all comes back to Montreal Canadiens star goalie Carey Price.
Martin McGuire, radio commentator for the Canadiens games, made a shocking revelation during last night's contest between the Habs and the Carolina Hurricanes on the air of 98,5 Sports. According to the information he put together, he believes Hextall was fired mainly because he failed to acquire Price when he had problems in Montreal. It is believed that it would have been the solution to all of the Flyers' problems as he had the chance to be the hero by brining in Price on board.
"Amongst the media and chatter in Philadelphia, do you know what people were saying as they criticized Ron Hextall? Amongst other things they were saying: 'you traded Brayden Schenn and then, look at him, he scores goals now with his new team the St. Louis Blues.' And Hextall was told: "You should have done everything to get Carey Price from Montreal when he was struggling there, you should have done everything to brung Carey Price to Philadelphia." Now, that's interesting!"
In the past on several occasions, the Canadiens and Flyers were linked in trade talks as the names of Price, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds were circulating in the same circles as a potential blockbuster trade.
A move was made in between the pipes today. Also on Wednesday, the Flyers placed goaltender Calvin Pickard on waivers. He was claimed by the team prior to the season and posted a 4-2-2 record with a .863 save percentage in 11 games.
However, no immediate help in goal is coming to save the Flyers and the thought of going after Price is long gone!