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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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September 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Handcuffed by salary-cap woes he inherited, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was unable to upgrade the team in the offseason. Hextall isn't worried. The former standout goaltender believes he has a solid nucleus that features center Claude Giroux, right winger Wayne Simmonds, and goalie Steve Mason. He thinks a year of maturity will help the younger players make major strides, and says having their first training camp under coach Craig Berube will help the Flyers get off to a better start than last year.
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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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September 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Couturier has blossomed into one of the NHL's best defensive forwards, but that's only one of the reasons the Flyers selected him eighth overall in the 2011 draft. The 21-year-old center is starting his fourth NHL season, and the Flyers - who open training camp Friday morning in Voorhees - want him to be more than a defensive specialist, more than a superb penalty killer. They want him to become one of the team's offensive threats. "It's time for Coots to move forward here and become a better 200-foot player," first-year Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.
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September 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his first public comments since blood clots were diagnosed in his lungs and right calf in early August, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen admitted that his career is hanging by a thread. "My desire is that I want to play, but the chance of me playing is really slim. That's the fact," Timonen said at a hastily called news conference Thursday at the Flyers' training facility in Voorhees. Timonen, 39, who had planned for 2014-15 to be his 16th and final season, said that he has seen several doctors since his diagnosis and that the blood clots have not gone away.
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September 20, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Kimmo Timonen hadn't yet told the Flyers that blood clots had snaked from his right leg to his lung, putting his career in the gravest jeopardy, and without even knowing it Ron Hextall already had explored a contingency plan. The Flyers' first-year general manager, Hextall had spent a good bit of time this summer trading phone calls with Michael Del Zotto's representatives at Newport Sports Management, gauging Del Zotto's interest in coming to Philadelphia. The Nashville Predators hadn't bothered to make a qualifying offer to Del Zotto after his subpar season with them, and even if Timonen hadn't faced his health crisis, Hextall thought it possible that Del Zotto would want a fresh start, and that, for an affordable salary-cap number and minimal risk, the Flyers might acquire a swift, still-young defenseman whose stock had fallen.
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September 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
As star center Claude Giroux took a long, slow walk to the locker room Friday morning, you couldn't blame the Flyers if their season passed in front of their eyes. Fifteen minutes into their first day of camp in Voorhees, Giroux, the team's high-scoring captain, left the ice because of what the team later called a lower-body injury. New general manager Ron Hextall said Giroux would be sidelined for about two weeks. Giroux missed most of last year's camp after a bizarre golf injury in which he splintered his right index finger, requiring tendon surgery.
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September 19, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
KIMMO TIMONEN has skated in five Winter Olympics, won four Olympic medals. He has been named to an NHL All-Star team five times. He has been tabbed as the Flyers' top defenseman five times, second only to Eric Desjardins. In his 15-year NHL career, Timonen has earned a staggering $58,350,000 in salary. He has a beautiful wife, a hockey-loving son and two adoring daughters. Yet, even though the scrappy, 10th-round draft pick has gotten way more out of hockey than he ever could have dreamed as a boy in Finland, Timonen is still not ready to walk away from the game.
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September 19, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
1 Conditioning: Last fall, Ed Snider called it the worst training camp he'd seen in his 46 seasons as team owner. Peter Laviolette was fired three games into the regular season when the Flyers broke out of the gate winless. This time, coach Craig Berube said he kept in touch with every player over the summer, asked a few to shed body fat, and vows his team will be in top physical shape. 2 Vinny Lecavalier: Both the Flyers and veteran forward Vinny Lecavalier say there are no hard feelings after a trying offseason.
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September 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Snider, looking trim and fit and confirming he is cancer-free after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, admitted Saturday that patience has not been his best virtue. The Flyers' chairman said new general manager Ron Hextall will help change that. "I think Ron has established a philosophy that is probably long overdue," Snider said after watching the first day of Flyers' rookie camp in Voorhees. "I have probably been a little too anxious to win another Cup. I was very patient when I was young, when we built the winners.
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September 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Handcuffed by salary-cap woes he inherited, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was unable to upgrade the team in the offseason. Hextall isn't worried. The former standout goaltender believes he has a solid nucleus that features center Claude Giroux, right winger Wayne Simmonds, and goalie Steve Mason. He thinks a year of maturity will help the younger players make major strides, and says having their first training camp under coach Craig Berube will help the Flyers get off to a better start than last year.
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September 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four players who are viewed as the future of the Flyers' defense - Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Sam Morin, and Travis Sanheim - will be among the prospects on display Friday when the club opens rookie camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The five-day camp will end with a rookie game Tuesday at 3 p.m. against the Washington Capitals in Voorhees. All of the promising defensemen figure to start the season with the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms or in juniors, but general manager Ron Hextall said he has no preconceived notions.
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September 4, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EVEN ZAC RINALDO himself was a caught off-guard. More than 10 months before the expiration of his current contract, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall locked up Rinaldo to a fresh, 2-year extension, the team announced yesterday. Rinaldo, 24, is now signed for the next three seasons by the team he grew up rooting for in Hamilton, Ontario. According to Rogers Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Rinaldo will earn a slight pay raise, to an average of $850,000 per season in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
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