Hrmm, I guess some people didn’t like the memo, after all. Seven games into the season the Flyer’s GM Bobby Clarke was allowed to retire (although after all the effluent that has flowed from his mouth the last decade, I think they should have fired his ass), and Hitchcock was shown the door.
Clarke leaving isn’t a surprise, but Hitchcock being yanked was a bit of one. In hindsight, I guess it shouldn’t have been, as he does have a bit of a rep – similar to Keenan – of his players tuning him out after a few years. I’m guessing that Esche wasn’t the only one who had had enough.
I guess this means it’s officially a rebuilding year in Philly. Sorry, yeh yeh (for the rebuilding year, I’m thinking you’re happy seeing Clarke fade away).