Sad day to trade off Giroux as the last vestige of the 2010 Cup run and any Flyers success. He was a great Flyer.
The return was expected due to the NMC and Giroux stating he would only go to the Panthers.
Tippett has some potential, but the problems with the Flyers continue to be talent development and coaching.
Hextall actually drafted pretty well, especially grabbing outside of the first round picks like Hart, Lindblom, Kubel, Cates, Allison or undrafted guys like Myers & Zamula to go with Provorov, Sanheim, Konecny and Farabee. Frost still has a chance as well.
Some of these guys have played well for stretches in the NHL, Konecny, Lindblom, Provorov, Hart, Farabee, Sanheim, but have not been able to retain consistency. Some were rushed once Hextall was fired (Hart especially), but I think coaching from Hakstol to Vigneault to Yeo (and the asst coaches too) has been poor for development. Hakstol was known as a developer, but it again was inconsistent. As soon as Hextall was fired, the Flyers wanted to win now. Vigneault and Yeo are veteran coaches who spend less time on development put in charge of a team still developing and not ready to win now.
Hextall was not allowed to tear it all down and rebuild fully. He had to balance stocking the farm which was barren while still icing a competitive team. It was the impossible mission doomed to fail. Now, the Flyers have abandoned even the pretense they are rebuilding. However, due to their incompetence, the team is still not ready and the young talent has regressed these last two seasons. We have other good talent on the farm coming, but until they figure out how to properly develop that talent once drafted, help them transition to the NHL better and have a system worth playing in at that level, the cycle will continue.