Nick Schmaltz Trade, Ron Hextall fired and more


In today's News & Notes, three young players participated in a big deal, Ron Hextall was fired in Philadelphia and Karl Alzner was dismissed.

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Strome and Perlini are traded by Schmaltz

The Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes made a late-night trade involving three first-round talents when Strome was traded for the Blackhawks along with Perlini for Schmaltz.

Nick Schmaltz Chicago Blackhawks

Nick Schmaltz, Chicago Blackhawks, November 9, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

This change came after both the Blackhawks and the Coyotes found it difficult to start their seasons, which almost guaranteed that a change would be necessary for both teams. The Blackhawks made a trade by value, acquiring two young talents who have high ceilings in Strome and Perlini. The Coyotes, on the other hand, were looking to upgrade right away and saw Schmaltz as a better player than Strome in the present.

This agreement also brings together Strome with Alex DeBrincat in Chicago. The two were line-up with Erie Otters at OHL and proved to be as good a pair as CHL has ever seen.

Related: Blackhawks Trade Schmaltz for coyotes for Strome, Perlini

In 48 games in his career, Strome scored seven goals and 16 points. Perlini scored 33 goals and 57 points in 153 career games, while Schmaltz scored 29 goals and 91 points in 162 matches so far, including 21 goals and 52 points in 78 games last season.

Hextall Fired By Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers dismissed Hextall from his position as general manager of the team and executive vice president after the start of the season between 10-11 and 2 of the team. The Flyers have struggled this season and although the coach is usually the first to fall when the teams fail to win consistently, the Flyers have chosen to replace the general manager.

Ron Hextall Flyers

Ron Hextall (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Flyers organization decided to relieve Ron Hextall of his duties as executive vice president and general manager. We thank Ron for his many significant contributions, but it became clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach to team direction. In light of these differences, we feel it is in the interest of the organization to make a change, with immediate effect. I have already initiated a process to identify and select our next General Manager, which we hope to complete as soon as possible.

– Brochures President Paul Holmgren

Flyers have long been a team in win-now mode, so the team may have grown tired of Hextall's strategy of building his team in the draft. Although he did an excellent job of collecting resources while recruiting and forming one of the league's strongest young units, the team was simply not earning enough to justify this tactic.

Two names that Darren Dreger of TSN mentioned may be of interest to the Flyers for their vacant general manager position are Chuck Fletcher and Ron Francis.

Canadiens puts Alzner on waivers

The Montreal Canadiens placed Alzner under concession only in the second season of a five-year contract. If Alzner leaves, he should be sent to the Laval Rocket, which would save some space for the team and release a list for Captain Shea Weber's imminent return.

Alzner played only eight games in 2018-19 for the Canadiens, registering an assist in those tournaments.

Karl Alzner

Karl Alzner # 22, Montreal Canadiens – February 20, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Alzner, 30, signed a five-year contract worth $ 23,125 million with the Canadiens in 2017. His $ 4.625 million limit and five-year term were criticized at the time of signing, but his hopes were that he could help. reinforcing the Canadiens' blue line, especially given their impressive run of 540 consecutive games signaling some kind of consistency.

Unfortunately for the Canadiens, Alzner never turned into anything more than he went to the Washington Capitals and the team learned that playing many games does not necessarily mean he was a positive factor in the ice.


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