Before Hextall became his GM, of course, the Flyers had already spent 39 years without winning a Stanley Cup. It is understandable that he wondered why waiting a few more seasons for a championship had become too big a burden for the franchise. The answer is simple. Until Hextall took over their operations, the Flyers usually did business this way: exchange everyone for everything, and if that does not work, try again. Despite Scott and Holmgren's belief that Hextall could make changes to improve the team here and now, Hextall was recalcitrant in his refusal to sacrifice prospects or young players for that purpose.