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Chuck Fletcher's Flyers start a road trip where jobs are on the line


Dave Hakstol's Flyers are tied for last place in the Eastern Conference and embark on a five-game road trip that will tell a lot about the direction of the team moving forward.


VOORHEES — The drive from the Flyers’ practice rink to the airport is about 20 miles, roughly a half-hour of navigating through traffic and breezing through Interstate-295 to the Walt Whitman Bridge.


National pundits think that the trip may determine the fate of several players and perhaps even the coaching staff in the eyes of new general manager Chuck Fletcher.


Fletcher is expected to be joining the road trip Sunday after he ties up some logistical loose ends after starting his new job.


The first was an emotional win in Pittsburgh against a bitter rival, sparked by Wayne Simmonds fighting a guy five inches taller and 70 pounds heavier than he is.


After a week without a general manager and then ultimately hearing of Fletcher’s hiring, the Flyers aren’t walking on egg shells anymore, but still have a way to go to becoming a strong team.






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