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Hextall predicts he’ll be a patient general manager

May 19, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers under former GM Paul Holmgren were nothing if not bold. He was always ready to make a blockbuster trade or risky signing.

That era might have ended with Ron Hextall ascension to Holmgren’s former position.

“Sometimes you just have to wait for things to come to fruition,” Hextall told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “On the other hand, there are times you have to look out there for something to make your team better, but I think for the most part I’ll be patient in this job.”

This summer is likely to be the first example of that as Hextall plans to enter the 2014-15 campaign with largely the same team that lost to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

“I like our team, like our youth up front,” Hextall said. “I like a lot of things. In saying that, there are a few things we have to take a peek at. But I’m not expecting anything earth-shattering right now.”

At this point, it looks like Hextall’s biggest goal is the sign a left winger and there are some noteworthy ones that might hit the unrestricted free agent market, like Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. That being said, Hextall specified that he’s looking for left wingers in general rather than someone capable of playing alongside Claude Giroux. That might be a nod to the Flyers’ cap situation, as they would probably need to make a trade to fit a guy like Vanek or Moulson under the cap.


Hextall likes ‘young players’ and ‘draft picks’

  1. gnashty - May 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Thats fine. I am 100% content with doing that. You have some young guys who have much potential in Morin and Shayne, wait for them to develop and they may be a core that the Flyers can use for a decade to come. I’m sick of the Flyers going into offseasons signing guys on the wrong side of 30 to 5 year deals with a 5 mill cap hit every year. THERE IS A CAP NOW! It isn’t 1994!!

    Flyers had a good team – they took the Rangers to the brink and the Rangers are better than anyone could have imagined. Only thing I want the Flyers to really push this offseason is trading Hartnell and or Vinny to get rid of their terrible cap numbers. Even if the Flyers pay half their contracts.

    • goodolejr - May 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I’m already assuming Vinny’s gone. Between the comments from management about not being able find a spot for him last year and the rumors of him and Nashville, imo he’s as good as gone. If they could also rid themselves of Hartnell’s contract (or partially), it’d be bittersweet for me. Love what he brings to the team, just not at a $4.75M cap hit. I wouldn’t be too upset to see him back next year, preferably on a different line but wouldn’t be too upset to see him go either.

      All I know is that I’m excited as hell for the Hextall era, even without him doing anything yet. He’s said all the right things and I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he’s going to follow through.

      • steelcity333 - May 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        I just can’t see another team taking on either one of those contracts. Both are clearly declining players. Maybe if Philly pays for most of the contracts.

      • flyerspsu - May 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        The Flyers would have to eat up a decent portion of Vinny’s contract but for Hartnell they might not have to, he is a gritty character guy with a sub 5 mil cap hit that has put up at least 20 goals in 7 of the last 8 full seasons and is only a couple years from putting up 37 goals, obviously for it to even be a possibility he would have to waive his no trade clause which is unlikely but if he were moving him wouldnt be that hard, he is still valuable and teams would be interested

        moving Vinny to me is a much bigger priority b/c he just doesnt fit anywhere and really isnt fit to be anywhere in the bottom 6 w/ his poor skating and inability to play defense, Hartnell on the other hand could be a great bottom 6 guy that with the way he plays and w/ the cap going up it wouldnt be the worst thing in the world to have someone like him w/ that contract on the 3rd or 4th line, wouldnt be ideal but wouldnt be awful looking at recent contracts the past couple years

      • goodolejr - May 19, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        I don’t think it’ll really be that hard to find a team to take Vinny. It’s widely known at this point that Laviolette was paramount in recruiting Vinny to Philly and it makes sense considering how he wanted to play in a more uptempo system. The fact that he was able to score 20 goals with a busted back, playing a lot of time on the 4th line, should be enough for some teams to take a chance on him. His goals were close to what he scored the past few years but he didn’t have the quality of linemates to tally up the assists he had before. With his numbers being somewhat on par with the past few seasons and the fact that he got less money than expected, even though it’s likely they’ll have to eat a portion of that salary anyway, I don’t think they’ll have any issues finding a trade partner.

  2. chaseutley - May 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Ron Hextall the player: Not patient.

  3. statsdolie - May 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Wow going for the consistency approach. This won’t go well with Snider

  4. flyerspsu - May 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    pretty much everything Hextall has said is exactly what the team has needed; patience and reliance on draft picks and developing players through the system, 3 things Holmgren didnt care enough about

    as for getting that left winger, they would need to move Vinny or Hartnell before that is a possibility

  5. President Charles Logan - May 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    you guys need defensive help just as much if not more then a scoring winger

  6. gbart22 - May 19, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    He won’t last long in Philly then. That franchise and owner appear from the outside to be enamored with making big moves each offseason which rarely ever pan out but whatever right keeps them in headlines the fans happy

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