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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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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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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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January 30, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON -- With five days off between games, most of the Flyers will get some rest during the all-star break and can look ahead to their final 35 games of the season. They are five points out of a playoff spot at the break and need to climb over five teams to get the final wild-card berth. The Flyers, who will send center Claude Giroux to Sunday's all-star tournament in Nashville, have games in hand on all five teams. Thanks to a stunning 4-3 overtime win over mighty Washington on Wednesday, they are feeling good about themselves.
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January 29, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The Flyers have a problem, and here's the twisted irony of it: If their general manager, Ron Hextall, were more impetuous and less focused on the team's long-term improvement - if the Flyers, that is, were to act more like the Flyers used to act - they might actually solve it. The problem is simple: The Flyers don't score goals. Ahead of their game Wednesday night in Washington against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, the Flyers ranked 29th out of the NHL's 30 teams this season in goals per game, at 2.24 - this, after ranking 22nd (2.62)
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January 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
If the Flyers are going to end a three-game losing streak and go into the all-star break in a positive frame of mind, all they have to do is beat the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in D.C. The same Capitals that have the NHL's best record (35-8-3) and lead the league in most offensive and defensive categories. Oh, and both Flyers goalies appear to be injured or ill, despite denials from the organization. Michal Neuvirth, who is expected to get Wednesday's start, was limping badly and received medical attention after Monday's 3-2 loss to Boston.
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January 27, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
ON SUNDAY NIGHT Vinny Lecavalier, the worst free-agent signing in Flyers history, scored his fourth goal in nine games as a Los Angeles King. Monday morning, Jordan Weal sent tremors through Flyerland when he skated with the second power-play unit as the Flyers again scrambled to find scoring, now hoping to end a two-game skid that, left unchecked, could sabotage their tenuous playoff hopes. Weal's practice time heightened two days of titters about Beal replacing R.J. Umberger, who hadn't scored a goal since Donald Trump was just a reality TV star.
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January 18, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
For a team that is almost at the bottom of the league in scoring and has struggled mightily on the power play and penalty kill, the Flyers are somewhat fortunate to be where they are - battling for an Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Solid goaltending and improved five-on-five defense have kept the Flyers in the playoff hunt. So have their uncanny ability to win close games and surprisingly quick production from rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who, more than anyone else, has steered the team back into playoff contention.
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January 16, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Now that he has about $4.1 million in salary-cap space and his team is in the playoff hunt, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is not ruling out adding a forward before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. "If we can improve our team in any way without mortgaging the future, we'll look at it," Hextall said Thursday. "I mean, if young players can make us better, of course we'll look at it. " He is likely looking at Jonathan Drouin, 20, a left winger who is on the trade market. Drouin has great potential but has underachieved in Tampa Bay after being the third overall draft pick in 2013.
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January 14, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The most alluring reason to watch the Flyers this season, the player who represents the best-case glimpse at their future, took the ice with his teammates at the Skate Zone for practice Tuesday. Seeing rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere skate during a brief and light workout was an indication that maybe his mysterious "lower-body injury" had healed enough for him to play Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. As it turned out, it had not. General manager Ron Hextall announced after practice that Gostisbehere - who has seven goals, including three in overtime, and 16 points in 23 games - would be out of the lineup against the Bruins.
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January 11, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
If Flyers general manager Ron Hextall isn't named the NHL's executive of the year - or at least made an honorary certified public accountant - some people haven't been paying attention. In his 20 months on the job, Hextall has traded the contract of an injured player, Chris Pronger, who will never play again; dealt away seldom-used Vinny Lecavalier; who had two-plus seasons left on a contract that absorbed a $4.5 million annual cap hit; and stockpiled draft picks. In short, Hextall has done an amazing job cleaning up his predecessor's messes.
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January 10, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers did not have much of an update on injured defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on Friday other than to say he would not play Saturday against the visiting New York Islanders. The team will update his condition Saturday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Gostisbehere is listed as having a lower body injury. He left early in the second period of a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota on Thursday. He was tripped by Mikko Koivu in the first period and his right knee appeared to collide with Koivu's knee.
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January 9, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
ST. PAUL, Minn. - When Paul Holmgren was general manager, he made many strong deals, transforming the Flyers from the worst team in hockey in 2006-07 to a conference finalist the following season. But two moves he made later in his tenure - acquiring stay-at-home defenseman Luke Schenn for blossoming left winger James van Riemsdyk, and signing free-agent Vinny Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million contract - did not work out as planned. Fact is, they set the team back on a number of levels.
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