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NHL: Flyers chairman committed to Fletcher

Chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers Dave Scott has given his backing to General Manager Chuck Fletcher saying he's willing to do whatever it takes to help get things right.

The Flyers (13-22-8) are 350/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, after losing their last 13 games.

Poor form dismissed

Despite the run and falling to the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, Scott says he is pleased with the job 54-year-old Fletcher is doing since being appointed as GM in December 2018.

Under his guidance, the Flyers have gone 105-91-29 in the regular season and reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs once, losing in the conference semi-finals in 2020.

After missing the playoffs last season, Fletcher added significant experience to the Flyers line-up in the form of defencemen Ryan Ellis, Rasmus Ristolainen and Keith Yandle, forwards Cam Atkinson and Derick Brassard, plus goalie Martin Jones.

However, Ellis and seven other regular players have suffered injury in recent weeks, including number-one centre Sean Couturier who Fletcher hopes will be able to avoid surgery.

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Absentees no help

The absentees have made Mike Yeo's start as Flyers' Head Coach a challenging one after Fletcher made the decision to promote him to replace Alain Vigneault on 6th December.

With the NHL trade deadline on 21st March, Fletcher has stated that the Flyers will look to "aggressively re-tool" and chairman Scott told that he's willing to give whatever backing his GM needs.

He said: "I like the way Chuck's built this organisation. I like his style. I like his leadership. He's smart, he's collaborative… I think he deserves a shot to really right this thing. I'm going to give him a blank check. We're going to get this right, whatever we need to do."

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