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September 24, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
RON HEXTALL is understandably coy when he talks about the subject of analytics in the organization he operates. Analytics have garnered a lot of interest over the last few seasons league-wide, as teams and fans alike have found alternative ways to evaluate efficiency compared with the naked eye. But Hextall said this summer that teams have been using analytics for years, they just weren't open about it. The Flyers hired Ian Anderson to the...
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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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December 26, 2015 | Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
General manager Ron Hextall says the IIHF World Junior Championships offer him more than a chance to see how some of the Flyers' top prospects perform on a huge international stage. "For me, you get a lot out of it because you see the top players from other countries for a week. Even if it's just questions for your scouts down the road, there's a lot of education you get in a short period of time," Hextall said, explaining why he will attend the 10-country tournament, which runs from Saturday through Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.
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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 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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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 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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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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July 13, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers signed 24-year-old forward Roman Lyubimov to a one-year, two-way entry-level contract on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Lyubimov spent the last six seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with CSKA Moscow. "He's a big guy. He skates well, plays a solid two-way game," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "We feel like he adds depth to the organization. We'll see how he does in training camp. " Hextall said the team was aware of Lyubimov for the last couple of years, "but he really popped at the World Championships this past year" when he represented Russia and had four goals and four assists in 10 games.
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July 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
If overcoming adversity leads to success, center Cole Bardreau should have a solid NHL career. Signed by the Flyers as a free agent last year, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bardreau - who fractured his neck while playing for Cornell in 2013 and was nearly paralyzed - looks like he has a future as a scrappy third- or fourth-line player. "He's tenacious, irritating, hard-working," general manager Ron Hextall said after watching Bardreau at the Flyers' development camp in Voorhees the other day. "Plays hard and plays physical.
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July 9, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
For the Flyers, the focus of development camp - which started in Voorhees on Thursday - is on fundamentals, nutrition, and conditioning habits that will help the prospects in their pursuit of the NHL. The evaluation will come at a later date. For some, like touted defenseman Ivan Provorov and right winger Travis Konecny, the scrutiny will begin during training camp in September. Both are 19 and have a legitimate shot to earn a roster spot with the Flyers this season. Both have dominated juniors and, because of their ages, would not be permitted to spend this season in the AHL with the Phantoms.
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July 9, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Speedy right winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel, selected by the Flyers in the second round of the 2014 draft, said he benefited from an AHL stint with Lehigh Valley late last season. "The six games I played with the Phantoms helped a lot," Aube-Kubel said after the first day of the Flyers' development camp Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I think I know what to expect for next year, and it also helps me to know what to do this summer. " Playing for Val d'Or in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Aube-Kubel had 38 goals and 84 points in 61 games last season.
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July 4, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers got marginally better after signing lower-level free agents Dale Weise and Boyd Gordon on Friday, but don't plan on attending a Stanley Cup parade down Broad Street next June. This is a long process, folks, and general manager Ron Hextall is committed to building through the draft and adding expensive free agents at the right time. Like, say, next July. Or possibly the year after. So if you don't have patience, if you don't enjoy the brick-by-brick process, you probably shouldn't be following the Orange and Black.
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June 29, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Bernie Parent. In some ways, that is where every look at Flyers history should start, and where every attempt by the team to make more history often dead-ends. No aspect of putting together a roster capable of winning the Stanley Cup has been more frustrating for the franchise than finding the guy who will finally replace Bernie Parent. Forty-one years after the last Cup, it hasn't happened yet. Along the way, there have been tragedy and comedy, near success and utter failure, homegrown talent that bloomed and withered, outsiders past their prime or never to reach one, and always the belief that if they could ever find that one guy . . . Wayne Stephenson, Pete Peeters, Phil Myre, Rick St. Croix, Pelle Lindbergh, Bob Froese, Darren Jensen, Ron Hextall.
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June 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - Pascal Laberge and his family have been through a tragic year, but the talented right winger had a moment to savor Saturday morning as he hugged his father after learning the Flyers had selected him in the second round of the NHL draft. "My family and I have been through a lot," Laberge said. Last September, his stepmother - a woman Laberge said he "loved dearly" - died of cancer. It wasn't many days later that his father called Laberge and his brothers into their living room and broke down in tears, telling them he had prostate cancer.
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June 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - In some ways, it was a strange draft for the Flyers. General manager Ron Hextall wanted to move up in the opening round and select a can't-miss forward. Instead, he ended up dropping back four spots. Fans clamored for the Flyers to draft a much-needed sniper such as Kieffer Bellows or Julien Gauthier, each of whom was available at the team's original first-round draft spot (No. 18). Instead, Hextall and his staff chose two-way center German Rubtsov, who fell to them partly because of a controversy that booted his Russian under-18 team out of the World Juniors.
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June 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - Julien Gauthier, the high-scoring right winger who is one of the players the Flyers could consider with their first-round draft pick Friday night, admitted he was surprised that the Orange and Black didn't interview him during the recent NHL draft combine. "But it happens," he said in a good-natured tone Thursday inside a Buffalo hotel lobby that was filled with a who's who of the hockey world. "It's all right. " Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said it was wrong to assume a team is not interested in a player just because it doesn't interview him. "We know what we need to know about those people," he said.
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June 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Some believe the Flyers should be grateful that Julien Gauthier, once regarded as one of the top four or five forwards in this week's draft, has dropped in the rankings. That means the high-scoring right winger may be available when the Flyers select 18th in the opening round in Buffalo on Friday. Gauthier is the prototypical power forward. He has size and speed, good hands, a powerful shot, and a knack for always being in scoring position. Scouts have compared him to a young Rick Nash, and he is just the type of sniper the Flyers need in their system.
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