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Did anyone envision this sort of drama 31 games into the Flyers' 2018-19 season?

It's Dec. 17 and the Flyers have already fired a general manager, assistant general manager, head coach and assistant coach, while naming a new GM, assistant GM, interim head coach and starting the search for a long-term bench boss. 

And that's not to mention this is a team with a blend of veterans and youth stuck in last place of the Metropolitan Division.

A lot has happened in the past three weeks, even 24 hours.

Let's break it all down:

Monday, Nov. 26 — Hextall's process cut short

This was the first shoe to drop as the Flyers stunned many by firing general manager Ron Hextall. 

The move was a massive shift in the organization's direction because it created a chain reaction of inevitable — and significant — changes to follow.

Flyers president Paul Holmgren and Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott wanted more progress and action in Year 5 under Hextall — and maybe a little more openness to ideas, as well.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 — Two more get the door

Just two days later, the Flyers fired assistant general manager Chris Pryor and assistant coach Gord Murphy. 

Pryor's axing wasn't a surprise after Hextall was let go, but it was quite notable given Pryor had spent the last 20 years in the organization and was integral to the team's renewed scouting efforts.

He was considered Hextall's right-hand man, while Murphy was on staff prior to Dave Hakstol's arrival. Ironically, as Hakstol's job was put in serious jeopardy with Hextall's firing, the head coach actually gained some pull, being consulted by Holmgren on the decision to relieve Murphy of his duties.

 

Monday, Dec. 3 — New sheriff in town

A different era of Flyers hockey begun when the team named Chuck Fletcher its new executive vice president and general manager a week after firing Hextall.

Scott was eyeing a candidate with a "bias for action" and the Flyers found their guy in Fletcher. Scott commended Fletcher for his "deep experience" and "easy, open management style, leadership style."

Fletcher came from outside the organization, an emphasis made by Holmgren, and with a track record of making things happen, specifically in his last stop as general manager of the Wild from 2009 to 2018 (see story).

With Fletcher's introduction, Hakstol and the Flyers were essentially put on the clock.

"I want it to work, I want to be successful with this group," Fletcher said Dec. 5. "It's not threats or anything, but if we don't have the solutions in-house, we'll look outside. There's no timetable for any of that, other than we're just trying to get better."

A day after Fletcher was named GM, Rick Wilson was brought on board as the new assistant coach, a North Dakota product and Hakstol guy.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 — Fletcher's sidekick

Brent Flahr, who oversaw scouting and the NHL draft with the Wild from 2010 to 2018, was reunited with Fletcher last week when named Flyers vice president and assistant general manager.

“He has a good eye for talent and Brent is very familiar with many of the Flyers' [scouts],” Fletcher said. "They’ve already been communicating and I think it will be a seamless transition, where there’s a lot of mutual respect. I think it will work very well with the guys that are currently on our staff.”

Monday, Dec. 17 — Hakstol era ends

A chaotic and confusing 24 hours commenced following a 1-3-1 road trip in which the Flyers allowed 22 goals over four straight losses.

A report came out Sunday that Hakstol was being fired but two team sources confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia that no decision had been made.

Eighteen hours later, the Flyers announced Hakstol had been fired and was being replaced by Scott Gordon on an interim basis.

A crazy three weeks — and really, it's just the beginning.

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