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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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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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May 5, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ron Hextall spent Friday at the doctor's office, having his sore back examined. Last night, Hextall made the Florida Panthers feel pretty bad. The goaltender came up with 24 saves as the Flyers beat the Panthers, 3-2, in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference semifinal at the Spectrum. Hextall was a rock all night. He got burned by Ray Sheppard on a two-on-one in the first period and by Dave Lowry on a power play in the third period. But he picked up his fifth victory in eight playoff games and drew raves from his teammates.
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March 1, 1992 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In matters that involve technology, like pushing the right button when the multiple-extension telephone in his office rings, Flyers coach Bill Dineen becomes a ball of confusion. Yet, when it has come to pushing the right button for his hockey team, Dineen has pretty much done so without hesitation. Suddenly, though, Dineen has a dilemma on his hands that has nothing to do with that darn telephone: He must decide which goalie is best suited to keep the Flyers in the scramble for a Stanley Cup playoff spot.
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April 23, 1996 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
The lesson is about losing. It's OK to cry, Ron Hextall tells his oldest son, Brett. It's OK to make mistakes, and to want desperately to win. It is not OK, he tells his 8-year-old, to pout, to smash things, to carry a loss around on your shoulders as if it were a block of ice. "He comes home from a hockey game they lost and he's all upset," the Flyers' goalie says. "And I'm like, 'Brett, what does it matter?' " The irony is not lost on the father. Losing always has mattered to him. Losing always has worn like a block of Antarctica on Ron Hextall's shoulder, especially in the playoffs.
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March 30, 2003 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Goalie Roman Cechmanek has been a Flyer all of three seasons. Around the NHL, he goes mostly unnoticed against the likes of proven Stanley Cup winners such as Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Ed Belfour. In his own quiet, unassuming way, Cechmanek, who closely resembles Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), has carved a niche for himself. Last night, the 32-year-old passed Ron Hextall, who played 11 years as a Flyer, with his 19th career shutout as the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at the First Union Center.
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June 8, 1995 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dominic Roussel didn't really expect to start Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the New Jersey Devils last night at the Meadowlands. But when Flyers coach Terry Murray refused to name either Roussel or Ron Hextall as the starting goaltender until after yesterday's morning skate, Roussel held out a glimmer of hope. So the fourth-year goalie was disappointed but not surprised when Murray chose Hextall, who has started all 12 playoff games. "Sure it's disappointing," said Roussel, who shut out the Devils on eight shots in 22 minutes, 58 seconds of playing time after Murray yanked Hextall in Monday's Game 2 at the Spectrum.
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January 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Brandon Manning, confident after serving previous stints with the big-league team, replaced the injured Nick Schultz in the Flyers' lineup against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. "Knowing all the guys and being comfortable with the area and the rink goes a long way, for sure," Manning said before the game. When he was recalled from the Phantoms on Monday, Manning, 24, had six goals and 25 points, seventh among AHL defensemen. Manning, scheduled to play in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday, also was recalled by the Flyers on Oct. 29 and played in two games.
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January 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SPECULATION around the Flyers is growing that defenseman Kimmo Timonen may return to the ice, after all, this season. Timonen, 39, who has been on injured reserve this season due to blood clots, has maintained he would rather retire with his skates on than shoes. So far, after days of deliberation, doctors have not yet told him, or the Flyers, that he cannot resume his career. The Flyers have consulted with multiple doctors and experts since CT scans revealed last Friday that one of the multiple blood clots discovered in his body in August has not yet been fully reabsorbed into his system.
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January 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen's future is still clouded, injured goalie Steve Mason is making progress and he will probably play next week, and winger Zac Rinaldo will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Monday, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday evening. Timonen, 39, one of the best defensemen in Flyers history, has not played this season because of blood clots. Timonen and Hextall were among those on a conference call with doctors earlier Wednesday.
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January 21, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Trivia question: Which Flyers defenseman has skated 4 minutes and 10 seconds more than any other player on the team over the last three games? Hint: He did not play for the Islanders at any point in his career. (That covers Mark Streit and Andrew MacDonald.) Hint No. 2: He does not have a brother on the team. (Hello, Luke Schenn.) Hint No. 3: He is not the Minnesota Wild's all-time leader in games played. (Goodbye, Nick Schultz.) The answer is Michael Del Zotto, who has improbably become the Flyers' hottest commodity over the last 3 weeks after sitting out as a healthy scratch 11 times in a 13-game span in December.
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January 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Flyers have virtually fallen out of the playoff race by winning just four of their last 13 games (4-8-1), during which they have had a common theme: awful starts. They fell into a quick 2-0 hole Monday en route to a 7-4 loss to the Islanders. In the last 13 games, the Flyers have allowed the opening goal 11 times, and they have been outscored, 15-4, in the first period. "It just seems like we're kind of waiting around maybe a little bit, and not executing the way we need to be," said defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who had three hits, two blocked shots, and an "even" rating.
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January 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, Flyers center Scott Laughton did not play against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday because of an upper-body injury he suffered the previous night. Laughton was leveled on an open-ice hit by Matt Niskanen in the second period of the Flyers' 1-0 loss in Washington. Both Laughton and his helmet were sent flying by the jarring hit. The Flyers listed Laughton as day-to-day. Before the game at the Wells Fargo Center, Flyers coach Craig Berube was asked why no retaliatory measures were taken against Niskanen.
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January 16, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ROOKIE SCOTT Laughton was held out of last night's matchup with Vancouver after he was railroaded by Washington's Matt Niskanen on Wednesday night. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall officially deemed Laughton "day-to-day" with an "upper-body" injury, with signs pointing to a concussion. He was replaced by Zac Rinaldo in the lineup. Hextall said after Wednesday's game in Washington that he had no real timeline for Laughton to return. Laughton, 20, undeniably had his bell rung when Niskanen's textbook shoulder-to-chest blow popped off his helmet and sent him crashing to the ice. He leaves a large hole in the Flyers' lineup after centering the team's second line for much of the last month, even though his numbers weren't gaudy: two goals and four assists in 27 games.
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January 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Two nights after they erupted for seven goals, the Flyers couldn't put the puck past Washington goalie Braden Holtby, dropping a 1-0 decision Wednesday night at the red-clad Verizon Center. Holtby recorded his fourth shutout of the season as Washington won its seventh straight at home. The Caps have points in 18 of their last 19 games. With about a minute left, Holtby (21 saves) kept the Flyers scoreless after a wild scramble in front of the net. "I thought we did a pretty good job tonight.
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January 16, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Claude Giroux galloped through the neutral zone and dragged the puck through two outstretched defenders, finally breaking free just above the top of the circles. He unleashed a snap shot, not unlike one that has found the twine 133 other times in his career, but it was quickly gobbled up and swallowed by Braden Holtby. Giroux could do little more than shake his head and exhale, as he slid up the boards and back to the bench in disbelief. "I was coming in pretty fast," Giroux said, sighing.
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January 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - General manager Ron Hextall's unconventional decision to carry eight defensemen has created frustration in the Flyers' locker room because two players have had to sit out games. But because of injuries to Braydon Coburn (left foot) and Nick Grossman (right shoulder), the Flyers are now thankful for their depth. Luke Schenn, Michael Del Zotto, and Andrew MacDonald, all of whom were yanked in and out of the lineup, are now assured of ice time. Ditto Carlo Colaiacovo, who had been a healthy scratch for 26 straight games before returning to the lineup Wednesday in Washington.
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