By Jenny Masters

It’s July 19, so it’s a bit of a stretch to say the whole town’s talking about the miserable Flyers and their failure last week in free agency.

Hopes were high that GM Chuck Fletcher would somehow swing a deal to bring home Jersey boy Johnny Gaudreau.

But no.

Turns out the cap kept Fletcher from even making an 0ffer to Gaudreau, who took his talents to Columbus.

Now comes Broad Street Hickey, with a total take-down of Fletcher:

Here are the things that have happened since Chuck Fletcher took over the Philadelphia Flyers in the middle of the 2018-2019 season:

  • The Flyers miss the playoffs in 2018-2019.

  • Fletcher hires Alain Vigneault as head coach.

  • Fletcher trades a 5th round pick for the rights to Kevin Hayes and signs him to a seven-year contract.

  • Fletcher also trades away Radko Gudas and a draft pick for Matt Niskanen and picks for Justin Braun.

  • The 2019-2020 season is cut short due to the novel coronavirus. The Flyers finish second in the division and win one playoff round. Matt Niskanen retires.

  • Fletcher basically rolls it back for 2021 and they miss the playoffs in a shortened, 56-game season.

  • Fletcher trades away long-time star winger Jakub Voráček for a similar calibre player with a different style of play in Cam Atkinson; gives away Shayne Gostisbehere and a second round draft pick for nothing, then trades the 13th overall pick, a 2023 second round pick, and Robert Hagg for Rasmus Ristolainen; and flips the underperforming former second overall Nolan Patrick and Phil Myers for Ryan Ellis. Despite his many deficiencies, Ristolainen earns a five-year extension from Fletcher, and Ryan Ellis plays only four games all season long.

  • Alain Vigneault is fired midseason.

  • Fletcher trades away one of the best players in franchise history in Claude Giroux immediately following his 1,000th career game.

  • The Flyers miss the 2021-22 playoffs, making it a streak. As previously mentioned, this is only the second time in franchise history that they’ve even had a missed-playoff streak.

  • Fletcher hires John Tortarella as head coach.

  • Fletcher trades for the rights to Tony DeAngelo, a South Jersey boy whose career has mostly been defined by an inability to get along with others—suspensions, a buyout for behavioral reasons, and copious allegations of racism.

  • He buys out Oskar Lindblom, a fan and locker room favorite for his grinder mentality on the ice, his amiable, hard-working personality, and his inspirational journey in surviving cancer. The $3.3 million saved go towards bringing back Justin Braun and signing Nic Deslauriers, a 31-year-old bruiser who has played for four different NHL teams and never scored more than 15 points in a single campaign.

  • Johnny Gaudreau signs with the Columbus Blue Jackets at an annual average value that appears to be a discount compared to what some other teams offered him.

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