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Report: Hextall ‘in the mix’ for Vancouver GM job

Apr 17, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

From the Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre:

Hextall is currently with the Flyers as their assistant general manager and director of hockey operations. It was thought last year when he came to Philadelphia from the Kings organization that he might one day replace GM Paul Holmgren.

“I do want to be a general manager,” Hextall said, per NHL.com. “I talked to [Holmgren] about that when we talked about this job. If something else becomes available, I at least want to look at it. He was absolutely fine with that. My goal still hasn’t changed in terms of where I want this to all end.”

Hextall’s familiarity with the Western Conference could be an asset if he were to become interested in the Vancouver job. He spent seven years in the Kings’ front office and helped the franchise win its first ever Stanley Cup in 2012.

Another reported candidate to replace Mike Gillis is Bruins AGM Jim Benning.

As for John Tortorella, it was widely presumed the Canucks would make a decision on their head coach this week. He’s apparently met twice with new president of hockey operations Trevor Linden.

Earlier this week, Tortorella made some waves when he called the Canucks’ core “stale.”

“It needs youth. It needs a change,” he said. “We’re not in 2011.”

Related: Linden thinks Torts misused the Sedins

  1. muckleflugga - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    the question is, will hextall be a good fit with another old western conference hand

    rick bowness will be announced as canucks’ new man behind the bench, within the day of a lightning playoff exit

    • joey4id - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      hahahaha. I hadn’t seen your post when I wrote my comment below, and I thought about mentioning Bowness as a viable replacement. I decided not to because I wanted to wait for the new GM to be named, and for Torts to be fired. Still I believe that the new GM should not be imposed Bowness or anyone else. It has to be the GM’s man.

      Bowness is a class act with players and the press. He’s ready for an NHL head coaching gig. No doubt that his stint with JC in TB will be a benefit to him. Great minds learn from other great minds.

      I’ve been following his progression as a player in junior, and as a coach. He’s ready.

  2. thephillyfanclub - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Ahh Christ, just when we all thought Holmgren’s a** was halfway outta town, there goes his replacement, Snider shouldn’t have screwed around with this one, he should have fired homer last year and gave the title to Hexy, I knew this was going to happen, he is way to smart of a guy to not get scooped up by another team, Homer has had plenty of time and hasn’t brought us a cup.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Hextall is from B.C. as well… might be a consideration

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Hextall is from Brandon, MB.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      It’s no sure thing and who knows, if he gets the job there’s still a chance he could return once Homer leaves.

  3. joey4id - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Torts should be replaced. Imposing a coach on a GM will not help create a sense of accountability and responsibility for the new GM. If the GM is given carte blanche and decides to keep Torts, then he becomes accountable. If the GM is told that Torts comes with the job and the GM accepts, then the new GM should ask for some sort of leverage that would allow him to replace Torts if the team is underachieving.

    • rbbbaron - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      ‘d be a helluva tag-team match: Torts and Hextall vs. Hartley and Burke, no holds barred outside the visitors’ locker room

  4. lowenni - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    …Which would mean he’s had no indication of Holgrem being fired in Philly. This is truly a blessing and reason for rejoice for every non-Flyers fan…it means we get to watch Philly fans deal with many more years of Andrew MacDonald deals and Ilya Byrzgalov free agency signings! Have fun Philly :)

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Yeah all us non caps fans are saying the same thing about your GM. It feels great knowing that he can keep putting his mark on the caps am send them into a consistent downward spiral with trades like forsberg for erat an never givin attention to their pressing needs. Holmgren is a way better GM then GMGM. Must feel good knowing that our flyers are consitantly in the playoffs while yours are sittin at home this year. Bitter much?

  5. muckleflugga - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    john tortorella’s history

    i would think that was plain to see … commentary from the owner and tortorella himself has goodbye written all over

    were john to show up at training camp, a torchlit parade, pitchforks, axes and a public hanging would follow

  6. canucks30 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Would be an excellent choice.

    Canucks might finally shed their “soft” label.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

  7. canucks30 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    ^3:53-3:57^ of the Hextall video is nothing short of EPIC

    • micasa81 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      I dunna tink he supposa do dose tings!

  8. amityvillefun - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Hextall and Torts…what is it with Vancouver’s penchant for hiring psychos?

    I’d be surprised if Patrick Roy wasn’t being wooed.

  9. c9castine - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    besides knowing him as a player pretty well i dont know much about him other than ive heard hes smart, and a really meticulous worker. he certainly did a great job in LA.

    i think maybe after the last couple years of tough situations between all parties in vancouver, a former player might be what the doctor ordered.

  10. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Damn! Hextall is who I want as the new Flames GM, hopefully the Flames interview him cause he does have ties to the city that might win out.

  11. Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    One of the craziest hockey moments I ever witnessed was the Ron Hextall Felix Potvin fight.

    I still remember thinking “No, Potvin don’t do it! It’s Hextall!! He’s going to KILL you!!!”… Then Potvin went crazy! Best goalie fight ever!

    Vancouver could use someone with Hextall’s compete level. Same attitude I’m hoping Shanahan can bring to Toronto. Good Luck!

    • rbbbaron - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      meh, that bout felt like it was in slow mo. I’ll take any one of Roy’s fights over that

  12. rbbbaron - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM


    12min mark

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Thank you for this. I’m just that much more pumped for the playoffs.

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Great video… After watching all that I don’t know if either of our picks are the best. LOL

  13. travishenryskid - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Hope he does better than the current Flyers goalie GM.

  14. bobc74 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I was expecting the Flyers to announce Hextall as Emery’s backup.

  15. cantstandstupid - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    NOOOOO!!!! He’s supposed to be Homers replacement!!!!

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