Every year The Athletic surveys NHL fans to see how much confidence each fanbase has in their front office. This year was the 7th time they did it, and they got over 18,000 responses, including 1000 Flyers fans. They ask fans how they felt about things like how the team did in free agency, roster building, cap management, trades, the draft, and the team’s overall vision. Every respondent ranks every team, and they separate it by rating how they ranked both among their local fans and the general public.
It will not surprise you to hear the Flyers did very badly. In fact, they ranked dead last. Both the general NHL fanbase and the locals ranked the Flyers 32nd out of 32 teams in nearly all 6 categories. The ones they were not dead last in, they came 31st in. Here were the final results for the Flyers.
Other than this, things are GREAT pic.twitter.com/dPPmeOJVZd— Tyrone Johnson (@TyJohnsonNews) August 18, 2022
Non-Flyers fans were even slightly higher on the Flyers than local fans. Philadelphians ranked the Flyers dead last in every category except drafting, which they ranked them the 2nd worst in. They were 22nd last year. And now they are the lowest in the league.
It was an ugly offseason. Headlined by the fact they had one of the best players in the NHL, Johnny Gaudreau, wanting to come here, and they couldn’t make it work. They were a dumpster fire last year. And to make it worse, the GM Chuck Fletcher speaks like everything is completely fine. And in the article from The Athletic, there were quotes from fans specifically pointing out how frustrating that attitude from the front office is.
“I’ve never seen a front office be so delusional about the current state of the roster. There’s no clear direction, and I don’t see a way out anytime soon.”
Things are bad, and they are getting worse. Fan confidence is at the lowest it has been in a very long time. The survey from The Athletic shows just how bad it is. You can read the full article from The Athletic here.