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December 20, 1990 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question 10 days ago was: Is Ron Hextall the Flyers' No. 1 goalie? The answer today is: Yes. Hextall, who missed 21 games because of a sprained left knee, began reclaiming the job with a stellar performance in his first game back, a hard- fought 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 9. After playing well in a tie with the New York Islanders last week and in a victory over Winnipeg on Sunday, Hextall solidified his grip...
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April 14, 1988 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
Entering the playoffs, the Flyers faced a multitude of questions, but none of them concerned goalie Ron Hextall. There was understandable worry about the depth of their defense, an army of doubters who weren't convinced that Tim Kerr was ready to play at 100 percent and a lot of people who wondered if such guys as Dave Poulin and Rick Tocchet would be fully recovered from injuries. But Hextall? Hey, it was April. The playoffs. Money time. Just shove that big Victoriaville stick in his hands, let him clang it against the two goal posts and the cross bar in that little ritual he performs, and he'd be ready for another playoff symphony.
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February 10, 2008 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Today's goaltenders are vanilla compared to the goalies of yesteryear. When was the last time you saw an NHL goalie come out of the net and skate at an attacking forward? When was the last time a goalie jumped Chris Chelios, pounding the spoked wheel out of his Red Wing? When was the last time a goalie broke a stick over the crossbar, or mouthed off to the Great One? You don't see it anymore because it doesn't exist. You don't see it because only one man did all that - Ron Hextall.
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May 8, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
PLUG IN Sam Hinkie's name to the YouTube search bar and here are some of the top entries: "Sam Hinkie on Patience and Analytics"; "Sam Hinkie at the 2014 Draft Lottery"; And, my personal favorite, "Who is Sam Hinkie?" Plug in Chip Kelly's name to the YouTube search bar and you get an assortment of press conferences, play breakdowns and, as of yesterday, some ridiculous race-baiting from the mouth of LeSean McCoy. Plug in Ruben Amaro Jr. and there are even more press conferences, even one of him crying as he fired Charlie Manuel as manager in the summer of 2013.
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May 20, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
OF COURE, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall stepped out on a limb by hiring University of North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol to direct the organization's move forward. But that was going to be the case, no matter whom Hextall hired to replace Craig Berube as coach. Hiring an established NHL coach such as Mike Babcock, Dan Bylsma or Todd McLellan would have provided a more stable limb than hiring a college coach with no professional experience, but Hextall would still be on a limb that could break.
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April 17, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE THEME of Ron Hextall's first season-ending news conference as Flyers general manager was clarity. Reporters wanted clarity on Craig Berube's job status. The GM said he had not decided whether to bring the Chief back for the final season of his contract, extend it, or thank him for his service and move on. "He's our head coach," Hextall said. "And if something changes, I'll let you guys know. " OK, fine. But then Hextall asked for some clarity, about a perceived philosophical rift between his vision going forward and that of team chairman Ed Snider.
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May 8, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
ONE YEAR ago today, Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren waltzed into the wood-paneled Hall of Fame room at Wells Fargo Center to announce the promotion of Ron Hextall to general manager. Three hundred and sixty-five days later, what have we learned? There has been the bizarre, like last month, when Hextall left head coach and friend Craig Berube dangling for two days before finally cutting him down. There has been the bungled, like on Feb. 26, when the Flyers skated by the $69 million salary cap with just $48,000 to spare, forcing Steve Mason into the lineup and eventually into the net in Toronto after 60 percent of the meniscus in his right knee was removed 16 days earlier.
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April 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
'YOU EVER WATCH Mike Keenan?" Ron Hextall was asking. "Mike Keenan had Vezina Trophy winner after Vezina Trophy winner, and he yanked goalies all the time. " That was one of Hextall's responses yesterday when asked whether he was comfortable with how coach Craig Berube managed the Vezina-caliber season Steve Mason cobbled together against the odds. Mason, 26, set a Flyers franchise record for save percentage (.928) since the stat became official in the NHL in 1981-82. It was good enough for third in the league.
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June 23, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There were no major surprises yesterday as the Flyers released their unprotected list for Friday's National Hockey League expansion draft by the new Atlanta Thrashers. As reported yesterday, the Flyers left goalie Ron Hextall unprotected along with defenseman Luke Richardson and forwards Jody Hull, Marc Bureau, Mikael Andersson and Roman Vopat. Among the Phantoms exposed were Richard Park, Peter White, Jason Zent, Jeff Lank, Paul Healey and Mark Greig. General manager Bob Clarke reiterated that he would not make a commitment that Hextall will be the Flyers backup goalie next season, if he is not taken in the expansion draft.
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February 14, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WINNIPEG - After learning the front-office ropes under Bob Clarke and now Dean Lombardi, one of Manitoba's own might finally get a crack at running an NHL franchise. As first reported by RDS Canada's Renaud Lavoie, former Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall is on a short list of candidates to replace Scott Howson as the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Howson was fired on Tuesday night after a head-scratching 5-plus-year run in Ohio. Hextall, 48, finally had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup last summer for the first time as vice president and assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings.
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June 27, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Dan Marr, director of the NHL's Central Scouting service, says that after blue-chip centers Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are drafted Friday night, the talented prospects expected to be selected between Nos. 3 to 10 are evenly ranked. "It's like a jar of jelly beans," he said during the NHL's scouting combine earlier this month. "Throw them up and they'll scatter. You take your pick and you'll be happy. " Which "jelly bean" is the sweetest in the mind of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall?
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June 27, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
To prepare for Friday's NHL draft, to settle on the best way to use that No. 7 overall pick, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has spent plenty of time on the phone with an old teammate, looking to improve what is already perceived to be the organization's long-term position of strength. The Flyers are looking forward to having all those touted prospects on defense join them in the years to come: Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Samuel Morin. Nevertheless, Hextall has been probing the mind of former Flyers defenseman Kerry Huffman - now the director of player development for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League - for insight into Ivan Provorov.
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June 26, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF WE'VE learned one thing about Ron Hextall in his 13-month reign as Flyers general manager, it's that he craves outside-the-box thinking. Last month, he hired Dave Hakstol, plucking him from North Dakota as the first college coach to make the jump directly to an NHL bench since 1982. Last June, Hextall pulled the trigger on drafting defenseman Travis Sanheim at No. 17 overall, a player who ranked 167th in the January midterm standing by the NHL's Central Scouting service. Sanheim, now 19, is considered the Flyers' best overall prospect.
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June 26, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - If the Flyers decide to draft a forward with the seventh overall pick tonight, they'll probably consider Mitch Marner. He's an excellent playmaker, a good skater and totally fearless. No, really. The guy is fearless. Borderline nuts, even. As part of promoting this weekend's draft, many of the top prospects made appearances around South Florida. Yesterday, they took a trip to the Everglades, a place inhabited by creatures that most of these kids have never seen in person.
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June 25, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE NEXT 2 days will shape our winters for years to come. We are the sports capital of the world. At least when it comes to offseasons. With the possible exception of those murdering, cheating New England Patriots, no team, no town, can top us when it comes to offseason tumult, intrigue and, above all, activity. And the next 2 days will just be the most recent example of that. Tomorrow night, Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie will either pick the Sixers' latest point guard of the future or franchise-changing big man, or he'll make his latest head-scratching trade that tells those in charge of next season's draft lottery that they might as well get started painting the new Sixers logo on a bunch more pingpong balls.
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June 25, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
HOW "THE LIST" shakes out is what makes drafts so interesting. Defenseman Ivan Provorov is believed to be the Flyers' No. 1 target. If he is unavailable by the time the Flyers select at No. 7, here are six options to help Ron Hextall restock his cupboard at forward (in no particular order): KYLE CONNOR Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left Born: Dec. 9, 1996 (18 years old) Height: 6-1 Weight: 183 Hometown: Clinton Twp., Mich. 2014-15 Team: Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
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June 25, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
General manager Ron Hextall said the Flyers may use two of their 10 draft selections this weekend on goalies - and it's fair to assume that Matej Tomek is on their radar. Tomek, a Slovakia native who had a strong season in the North American Hockey League, was recruited by new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol and plans to attend North Dakota. "We're not going to pick a guy way ahead of where we should, just so we get a goalie," Hextall said last week. "We want to get a guy at the right spot.
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June 25, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - There is a wall in the Brandon Wheat Kings' weight room at their home rink, Keystone Centre, filled with colorful photos and stats of team alumni. It serves as both a nod to the stars of yesteryear and an ounce of motivation: Put in the work here and you can be on this wall one day. There is a photo of Brian Propp, a message depicting his 194-point season in 1978-79, which still stands as a franchise record. Ivan Provorov has played in Brandon, the only Manitoba-based team in the Western Hockey League, only since committing there last Aug. 14. Yet he became intimately familiar with the wall, absorbing his franchise's 79-year history.
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June 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is viewed as the best NHL draft since the epic 2003 class, which means the Flyers picked a good time to have a bad season. They will draft seventh and 29th in the first round Friday in Sunrise, Fla., and those picks, from all accounts, should produce high-quality players in time. The last time the Flyers had two first-round picks was in 2003, when they selected Jeff Carter 11th and Mike Richards 24th. Yes, the Flyers, owners of seven picks in the first four rounds, would gladly settle for draft choices who develop into those type of players.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE OBVIOUS first and second overall picks at this weekend's NHL draft, in order, are Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. That's been the consensus for a long time now. But the talent pool doesn't stop with those two offensive juggernauts. NHL scouts and experts believe this could be one of the most talented groups in recent history, which makes it a pretty good time for the Flyers to own two first-round draft picks. The Flyers, who finished 33-31-18 this season, will pick seventh overall.
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