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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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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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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 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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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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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 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
In 2014, Michal Neuvirth was traded from Washington to Buffalo because the Capitals thought Braden Holtby was their goalie of the future. Two years later, the unflappable Neuvirth is punishing his former team. Since being inserted into the lineup with the Flyers trailing by three games to none, Neuvirth is 2-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a ridiculous .987 save percentage, carrying the Flyers back into the playoff series. "He gave us life," captain Claude Giroux said.
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April 21, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers fourth-line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was suspended for one game Tuesday for his hit on the Capitals' Dmitry Orlov late in Washington's 6-1 win Monday. Bellemare, who checked Orlov from behind and knocked him into the boards, will not be able to play in Game 4 Wednesday against the visiting Caps. Orlov slowed down before being hit. The NHL's suspension leaves the Flyers without two of their top penalty killers: Bellemare and Sean Couturier, who suffered a shoulder injury in Game 1. Ryan White may move from right wing to center on the fourth line, and Colin McDonald could be inserted at right wing on that unit.
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April 21, 2016 | Marcus Hayes, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
WHEN, EVENTUALLY, everyone can step back and see the forest instead of the trees, the landscape should be particularly pleasing if your winter fetish involves the color orange. It is adorable to see this pack of puppies think it can run with the big dogs. It is amusing to watch delusional supporters react with indignation at losses on the ice and losers who throw things on it. The Flyers face elimination Wednesday night at the hands of the Washington Capitals. It is the first of what they hope will be at least three elimination games.
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April 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby has been a major difference maker as the Capitals have taken three straight games from the Flyers in their opening-round playoff series. Whether Holtby is able to compete in Game 4 Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center remains to be seen. Holtby left practice Tuesday after a collision with a teammate. He was favoring his left leg. As for his status, Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters, "He just got nicked up, went off and we will see where he is tomorrow.
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April 21, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Michal Neuvirth could see this question coming after Game 2, as he sat next to Steve Mason in the visiting locker room at the Verizon Center, the two of them putting forks to paper plates loaded with grilled chicken and pasta with red sauce. A couple of hours earlier, a puck had completed a 101-foot journey by sliding through Mason's legs and into the net for a stunning, freakish goal in a Flyers loss to the Capitals, and Neuvirth didn't even have to raise his head to issue a preemptive two-word response to anyone who wanted a postgame comment from him. "No way," he said, and kept on digging into his dinner.
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April 20, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
They did the things they always do this time of year, in these situations, facing these odds. The Flyers have certain traditions and tropes that over the years have become rites of spring, and down two games to the Capitals, they dug deep into the Postseason Pump You Up Playbook on Monday night. There was Lauren Hart's paranormal duet with Kate Smith on "God Bless America. " There were the bright orange T-shirts and glow-in-the-dark wristbands that they handed out to all the fans who entered the Wells Fargo Center; among those wearing the shirts, you felt like a gnat that had landed on Donald Trump's scalp.
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April 17, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over the brief period last fall that offered the promise of something new and fresh in Philadelphia pro sports, Ron Hextall was the outsider who was the insider. For two months, from late October to late December, all four general managers were here and working at once: Chip Kelly, Sam Hinkie, Matt Klentak, and Hextall. They were the men charged with shepherding the city's four franchises into prosperous futures. They were the ones who were going to do things differently from how things always had been done around here - that pell-mell push to win now, to satisfy the hungriest fans in the country - and still succeed.
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April 15, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Since they finished with 24 fewer points than best-in-the-NHL Washington in the regular season, conventional wisdom says the Flyers have no pressure in the opening-round playoff series. The Flyers, who needed a late-season surge just to reach the playoffs, are playing with house money. All the pressure should be on the Capitals. "It's easy from the outside to say that, but when you go into the playoffs, there is pressure because we want to win," said Ron Hextall, the Flyers' second-year general manager.
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April 13, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Even in his failing days as he battled bladder cancer, Ed Snider had the urge to let general manager Ron Hextall know how much a Stanley Cup playoff run would mean to him - and to subtly suggest that maybe, just maybe, it might be a good idea to make a deal. Snider, who died at his California home Monday at 83, was known for being impatient and signing high-priced free agents during many of his years as the Flyer chairman. However, after Hextall became the GM two years ago, Snider was on board with his plans to rebuild the team through the draft.
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April 13, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
When the Flyers face the heavily favored Washington Capitals in the NHL playoffs, they will wear patches on their jerseys to honor Ed Snider. They will also play with heavy hearts because of Snider's death Monday after a long battle with bladder cancer. "I'm pretty glad we were able to make the playoffs for him," captain Claude Giroux said in a somber tone at the Flyers' Voorhees practice facility on Monday. "The whole year we were playing for him, and that's not going to change for the playoffs.
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