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Flyers bring in Ron Hextall as assistant GM

Jul 15, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers fans finally got their wish on Monday: Ron Hextall is back.

OK, he won’t be making slick passes, nasty slashes, dramatic saves and naked interviews as the team’s goalie, but savvy fans should still be intrigued that he’s accepted an assistant GM gig. The team notes that he’ll begin on August 1.

Without context, the decision might seem like a lateral move in Hextall’s career as an executive. He’s been an assistant GM for the Los Angeles Kings since 2005-06, helping them build one of the best team structures in the NHL. (The Kings wished Hextall good luck, for what it’s worth.)

While the Flyers haven’t said as much, there’s reason to believe that Hextall, 49, could be groomed to eventually take over the GM role for current general manager Paul Holmgren.

Few would deny that Holmgren’s had some struggles, as two expensive buyouts and various dramatic organizational 180’s can attest. Holmgren’s been in the GM role since 2006-07, so one must wonder if the franchise is looking toward the future with this move.

Even in a vacuum, it’s a nice move for the Flyers, especially if Hextall can help them improve a farm system that’s ranked second-worst in the league (according to Hockey Prospectus).

  1. ibieiniid - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    watch your back, Paul.

  2. jimw81 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    alot of pressure on Homer. i feel bad for Chris Pryor. I would what this means for him.

    • jimw81 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      i think the team’s philosophy as officially change.

  3. LampyB - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Which team has the worst farm system? Canucks? I know Flyers rank 2nd and Devils rank 3rd…

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Those rankings are one of the most ridiculous ways to see the value of a franchise the bottom 5 teams are some of the most successful teams in the sport

    • nj666 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      Yeah because the flyers and the devils really create crappy home grown talent…..

  4. blackheart78 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I love this move. Hextall belongs in the Flyers organization.

    • drone501 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      even though im a pens fan this seems like a good move by the flyers. it seems like holmgren has wasted millions on millions of dollars on bad personnel moves. by the way hextalls old man was by favorite pens player back in the early seventies. he could throw em with the best.

  5. DED - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    And if the goalie situation falls apart again he can always slap the pads back on. 😉

  6. jacketsfan7 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Knowing him , he’d win the vezina

  7. girouxed - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Step in the right direction.

  8. hockeyfan28 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Solid hockey mind and was going to be a future GM anyway might actually mean the Phantoms are going to have a direction and allowed prospect to develop he was one of the architects of the Kings farm system

  9. orangeandblack67 - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Welcome back Hexie!!

  10. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    I like this. Hopefully he can bring the blueprint he (along with mgmt) laid down in L.A. to Philly. You can never understate one’s ability to win the SC.

  11. beavertonsteve - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Our GM can beat your GM in a fight.

    • elrock7 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      I doubt he could a lot of GMs in a fight. I watched Felix Potvin mop the ice with him! HaHa!

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Felix who? Oh yeah that guy. I seem to remember the fight your referring to and I don’t recall the ice being mopped with Hextall nor do I remember him going down to the ice at all. What I do recall is Hexy getting cut and Potvin turtleing up after the initial exchange.

  12. laxman1944 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    It was just a matter of time befor “Hexie” came home

    Welcome home Ron……we left a cheesesteak in the oven for you.

    Once a Flyer………always a Flyer……

    Well done Mr. Snider

  13. tcclark - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I love our Gms. They are the epitome of the Flyers Organization. Holmgren was a tough, hard-nosed enforcer type player, but had skill. He scored 30 goals in a season. Hexie was the same way. He would fight, he would chase people with his stick, but he also won a Conn Smythe on a losing team. Hexie is a Philadelphia Flyer through and through. Our gms represent this franchise well. Holmgren often makes bold moves, but that is our style. We’re never going to play it safe. I mean we played it safe last offseason and look what happened. This team is about energy and excitement and it comes from inside the organization and extends to the ice. I’m very happy about this move and hope that these two can work well together. You can say a lot about this organization, but the one thing you can never say is that they don’t have an identity. These men embrace that identity and so does the city itself.

    • elrock7 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      The city sucks!

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