I mean, at the end of the day, Fletcher has not harmed this team, and in fact, he's done a lot of little tweaks that have made the team better.
Weal, Weise, Lehtera, and Folin are gone. People have been clamouring for the first 3 to be banished for years.
He's got the young guys playing to a degree that does not exist anywhere else in the NHL. We have the most guys 23 and under at 11. That's half the roster.
And, he got what he likely could for Simmer, who's v
The organization was screed when they fired Hextall without a plan.
And apparently NOT because he refused to can Hakstol.
Homer and Scott must go. Period. We’re all boned until then.
Dont get me wrong. For Hakstol, Hexy deserved to go. But if NOT for that... and without a plan... then they were just being idiots who let their egos screw over their organization.
My 6 year old son's reaction when hearing of the Simmonds trade...
Son: "What?!? They traded Simmonds!?! Why?!..... (genuinely upset that one of his favorite flyers was leaving....) FOR WHO!?!"
Me: (looking at Computer)...."Ryan Hartman?....."
Then I proceeded to try and explain hockey as a "business" and cap space to a 6 year old with a "screen" in his hand.....and you can imagine how that went.
Anyway, i was hoping
Yeah, maybe. Hextall pulled off some great deals in getting rid of things (Hartnell's contract though most fans did not like the trade; Luke Schenn and VLC, Pronger, Rinaldo for a 3rd) and also made some smart hockey trades (Schenn for 2st rounders and Sniffles).
But two of his biggest trades - Hartnell and B Schenn - brought back anchors that dragged down the roster for years.
And he failed to make a single trade to bring in a major asset. Fletch is being judged on that