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Hextall likes ‘young players’ and ‘draft picks’

May 7, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

Ron Hextall AP

“I like young players and I like draft picks.”

If there was one notable thing Ron Hextall said today at his first press conference as Flyers general manager, that might’ve been it.

Philadelphia, after all, was home this season to a number of high-priced veterans in the latter stages of their careers, like Vincent Lecavalier (34 years old), Kimmo Timonen (39), and Mark Streit (36).

And outside of Sean Couturier, the Flyers don’t have a player they drafted after 2006 that’s played a significant role with the club. The young roster players they do have — like Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, and Brayden Schenn — were acquired by Paul Holmgren, now Philadelphia’s president, in trades.

“My vision is to build this team and to continue to make this team better through the draft,” said Hextall, per CSN Philly. “That doesn’t mean we won’t make trades. At some point if it’s a good enough player, and we’ve got to trade a young player, we may look at that. But it’s not a vision of mine to trade young players for older players. It would have to be a really, really strong deal for us.”

Related: Welcome Vincent Lecavalier to the trade rumor mill

  1. djshnooks - May 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Well…Tim Murray is not the only one who sees this as the best way to build a team.

    Go figure.

    Now, if only people, especially Sabres fans, would realize this is the best way to build.

    • hockey412 - May 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      The difference being that Buffalo is in full-blown rebuild mode, Philly does not. I’m not a Flyers fan but I do believe the veterans they brought in were brought in to add experience and discipline. Clearly Vinnie didn’t quite work out though (might want to be careful handing out long contracts to veterans that just got bought out). They’ve got Laughton and Morin who no doubt will play a role, and the rest of the active roster is pretty young.

      • hockey412 - May 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Philly *is not, not does not. Sorry -

    • blomfeld - May 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      So Brough … in other words, Hextall is an anti-social freak … is that the deal ?

  2. statsdolie - May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Wow Ed snider must be having a panic attack after hearing such blasphemy

  3. canucks30 - May 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I like pizza

  4. nj666 - May 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    What GM doesn’t?

  5. maalea - May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Why does it matter how you get young talented players?

    Through an outright trade, Voracek, Simmonds, a trade for a pick, Couturier or keeping your pick, Giroux (I know he’s a little older).

    The point is to acquire young talent.

    • maalea - May 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      I forgot

      Signing a free agent, Matt Read

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        And Michael Raffl.

  6. President Charles Logan - May 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    they will have to trade a couple younger players if they want a main stay defenseman

    • biasedhomer - May 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Or groom one as a prospect. But, rumor on the internet is Snyder wants to win now, cuz he ain’t getting younger anytime soon

  7. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    That’s what you want to hear, smart plan
    Something you haven’t heard from a Leaf GM going on 30 years, and look at the result

  8. flyboystransport - May 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This works if they draft well…..

  9. flyeredup - May 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    This team has been cursed since they took Mike Ricci 1 pick before Jaromir Jagr in 1990. Sigh.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      I hope it changes with Hextall but this club will always take the physical Canadian over any equally talented (or more talented) Russian, Czech, Swede, or Finn, etc. It’s been that way for decades.

  10. earpaniac - May 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Don’t forget gifting Patrick Sharp to the Blackhawks. Thanks, btw.

    • biasedhomer - May 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      That isn’t on Homer’s hands.
      Plus, almost every Flyer fan hated that trade when it happened.

  11. pitpenguinsrulez - May 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    That’s a real shocker with only Couturier. I honestly thought they had more.

  12. quizguy66 - May 7, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    So if form holds Philly will be trading for Garth Snow to run the team at the trade deadline.

  13. statsdolie - May 7, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    The main issue with the flyers is they have a group of players with different good skill sets for each person that doesn’t translate to good overall skill for a Complete team scheme thus leaving a largely flawed team capable of be good for stretches followed by many inconsistent stretches.

  14. whammy71 - May 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Well, well, well…..another…….oh, nevermind.

    Happy golfing!

    • courtjester1234 - May 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Wow Yammy quite the comedic mind you don’t have. While you’re in your moms basement yell up to her and tell her to do a better job washing the stains out of my underwear…or else

  15. kastout11 - May 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Lets not all slam Homer. I like it how everyone thinks they are smarter then the GM, and it is easy to second guess a trade a few years after the fact. How about the trades that worked out for the Flyers? Homer tried to improve the team, some trades worked, some didn’t. Show me a GM who has never made a bad trade. Hexy is the new GM and it does not appear that he has a similar philosphy to Homer. He will try to improve the hockey club, and hopefully Philly wins more trades then they lose. I give Homer a solid B grade during his tenure. He did not bring them a cup, but the Flyers are in a much better spot now then when he took over as GM.

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