Before Hextall became GM, of course, the Flyers had gone for 39 years without winning a Stanley Cup. It is understandable if you ask why you wait for several seasons for a championship to become too heavy for the franchisee. The answer is simple. Until Hextall took over its operations, the Flyers generally had business in this way: Trade everyone for anything, and if it does not work, try again. In spite of Scott and Holmgren's conviction that Hextall could make changes to improve his team here and now, Hextall was recalcitrant in his refusal to sacrifice perspectives or young players for that purpose.