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Report: Flyers promote Ron Hextall as GM, Holmgren to president

May 7, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers front office will have a new look to it very soon.

The Flyers have called a press conference at 11:30 a.m. ET to announce front office promotions. According to Tim Panaccio of, the announcement will be to promote Paul Holmgren as the team president and Ron Hextall as the new general manager.

This news comes as a bit of a surprise as it was less than a week ago it was announced Holmgren was staying on as the GM. Instead now he’s moving on up and Hextall takes over. Perhaps the rash of GM openings around the league pressed the Flyers into action if they wanted to retain Hextall.

Hextall has been an assistant GM since 2006. After seven years with the Los Angeles Kings in that role, Hextall became Holmgren’s assistant GM with the Flyers in July 2013. He’s been preparing and ready for a job like this for some time now.

Holmgren has been the Flyers GM since 2006-07 when he took over for Bobby Clarke. He’s been in the Flyers organization since 1995-96 when he was the head of pro scouting and then moved up to assistant GM in 1997-98.

  1. rbbbaron - May 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Please oh please let Holmgren remain largely in charge of the personnel decisions. It’s important to keep humor in the game

    • goodolejr - May 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      He’s going to be the President of the club. I don’t mind that so much as he’ll continue with scouting which is one of his strong points. Thankfully someone else will finally be in charge of contract negotiations though.

  2. eagles512 - May 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM


  3. har21441 - May 7, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Well, if anyone deserves a promotion, it’s holmgren /s

  4. lowenni - May 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    This is a good call. Holgrem is too quick to sign players to large deals which has obviously cost the Flyers, and although he has assembled a good team some of the details of the makeup of that team are not strong. Hextall has a very smart, fresh, modern hockey mind and he should help the team a lot. Holgrem has a good hockey mind as well but is better suited to an executive position like President.

  5. joey4id - May 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Yep! It ‘s a case of use him or lose him. What can we expect from Hextall? I’m assuming he’ll need Holmgren’s approval before he makes a move.

    • goodolejr - May 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      As long as it’s his job to just OK he final decision, I’m cool with that. If this puts Hextall in charge of contract negotiations the city of Philadelphia will rejoice!

    • maalea - May 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      All hockey decisions are Ron’s per Homer

  6. anthonyverna - May 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    The Peter Principle at work. (Holmgren.)

  7. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I like Hextall, I hope he does really well. People can say that they should have fired Holmgren, but he’s basically been neutered from a personnel standpoint. There’s a lot going on in running a team outside of personnel, and the Flyers will need some experience in those other areas, and Holmgren can provide that for a few more years.

  8. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Is CHIEF BERUBE safe

    • kastout11 - May 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      He is safe.

  9. kastout11 - May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    With the GM vacancies currently in the NHL, I think everyone saw this coming. He was brought here to be the GM, and he was sought after by a few teams. He will be an excellent GM.

  10. cruuuzcontrol - May 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Holmgren… Failing all the way to the top!

  11. japachu - May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I wish the Wings did this with Yzerman and Holland when they had the chance. I’m so sick of Holland.

    • rbbbaron - May 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      cue the holland apologists

  12. whammy71 - May 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    hey look – its 2:45 PM…and I cruising through PHT…and this is the 3rd “we’ll get ’em next year” article on the Cryers. Love reading these at this time of year!!!

    • mcphillthy - May 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Adults still call the flyers ‘cryers’?
      My son is 12 and could come up with a more insulting name than this…
      Does anyone even know how to troll anymore?
      This inbred version of Dr Seuss needs advice on how to rhyme

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