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Hextall: Stolarz having hip surgery isn’t a ‘red flag’

Jul 12, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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Goaltender Anthony Stolarz is one of the Flyers’ top prospects and is set to start his pro career next season with the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms. For now though, he is recovering from a surgery he had last month to clean out his left hip, per CSN Philly.

That will keep the 20-year-old from practicing during Philadelphia’s development camp, but he should be okay for training camp. More importantly, Flyers GM Ron Hextall doesn’t think this procedure is a sign of things to come.

“It happened over time — typical goalie and he had a clean-up,” Hextall said. “To my knowledge that is pretty much it. There is no red flag.

“If you look at every goalie’s hips, you could probably do them all. The kid in the draft this year and last year had it at 17-18. …

“This is long-term and no issues, no recurrence. He’s no worse off than … there’s no red flag that goes up because a goaltender has surgery when he is a young guy. I wish I had it done at [age] 24 and I had it a few years ago. I had these issues when I was young.”

Hextall added that Stolarz might have run into problems later if he had attempted to avoid surgery. Stolarz was selected with the 42nd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had a 2.52 GAA and .926 save percentage in 35 OHL games.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    This is very common for goalies now and they usually have an increased range of motion after the clean ups

  2. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Amazing…..20 years without a goalie, and as soon as we get a legit #1 goalie in Mason…OUR TOP PROSPECT IS A GOALIE!!!!

    • justanotherphillyfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Goaltender Anthony Stolarz is one of the Flyers’ top prospects

      Beside that, if you look at the kid’s size (6,6) + numbers you’ll see he’s a top prospect. His numbers aren’t far away from Subban’s (Bos) prospect and he’s still one year behind him.

      Long term, I think this will be a huge problem for the Flyers because they don’t have a decent goalie coach.
      Everybody in the Arena could see Bob had amazing talent he was just a little bit too flashy and over-competed in his game which resulted in him often being out of position for the rebounds. He went to CBJ they worked on his style, now he’s bigger and more stable at positioning and see where he went with his game.

      Flyers need a new goalie coach!

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        I guess you didn’t pick up on the humor and ironicness of the situation I was implying

      • holeecowman - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        I have been say that for years. we good/decent goalies and jeff reese screws them up. I think mason tuned him out. hopefully. how can every goalie in the last 6 yrs have the same exact problems. fire jeff reese and get a good goalie coach. besides jeff reese goalie career wasn’t that good anyway.

      • flyerspsu - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Apparently Reese completely revamped and revitalized masons style and career so I’d have to disagree

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Look I’m not a big Jeff Reese fan but idk how you can say he hasn’t had a positive impact on Steve Mason. People were literally laughing about the Flyers acquiring the mess that had been Mason (for almost 4 years) and then he comes here and, despite all the naysayers, has regained his rookie form. He’s pulled a complete 180 and it’s not just the change of scenery. Mason has said numerous times how much Reese has helped him.

        Holeecowman, maybe Reese hasn’t done enough in the past 6 years but he was also dealing with some seriously flawed netminders. You can’t just blame the goaltending coach for what’s been a revolving door in net for decades. You talk about screwing them up? Bryzgalov was a system goalie in Phoenix who couldn’t deal with a high pressure market. Notice NO ONE is interested in him anymore. Bobrovsky had the terrible tendency of playing far too compact (essentially crouched) and deep in his own net. And he was severely mishandled by Laviolette and the organization. Only recently has finally started playing a little bigger and not so deep. Leighton, Boucher, Emery… all backup quality. The Flyers squeezed every miracle they could out of Leighton and Boucher. And Marty Biron? Mid-level starter in his prime but he was hardly ruined by Reese. He posted some solid numbers here. Bobrovsky is the only goalie out of that group who wasn’t developed correctly but who’s to say the language barrier wasn’t an obstacle? Or maybe Bob was set in his ways? Afterall we see similar styles from Russians like Varlamov (who was totally inconsistent until last season). I just don’t get how people can blame Reese for what essentially comes down to physical shortcomings (minus Bob) in his goalies. Especially when it appears as if the goaltending position is finally settled for the foreseeable future. Does Reese deserve all the blame yet none of the accolades?

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