By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall. Two days later, the franchise made more moves.
Assistant general manager Chris Pryor was fired. In addition, assistant coach Gord Murphy was fired.
“The Flyers organization has relieved Chris Pryor of his duties as Director of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager,” President Paul Holmgren said. “In addition, in close consultation with Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, Gord Murphy has been relieved of his duties as assistant coach. I would like to thank Chris for his dedication to the franchise and contributions over the last 20 years.
“Likewise, we thank Gord Murphy for serving behind the bench for the last five seasons and helping grow and develop our young core of defensemen. We do not anticipate any further personnel moves in the near term.”
Pryor was employed by the franchise for the past two decades. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager in August 2016 by Hextall.
It was Holmgren who promoted Pryor to Director of Player Personnel in August 2013. Holmgren was the team’s general manager before becoming team president.
According to media reports, Pryor was “Hextall’s right-hand man.” Holmgren reportedly would listen to Pryor and a few others within the organization.
He came to the Flyers in 1999 as a Scout. He worked in that role for seven years before receiving a promotion..
Murphy was with the team for the last five seasons. He was hired by Hextall.
The former assistant coach joined the team one season prior to Dave Hakstol’s appointment as head coach.