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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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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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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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July 2, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IN A MATTER of days, Ron Hextall turned a bleak salary-cap situation into a manageable one, and arguably made his team better in the process. Former NHL executive and current TSN analyst Craig Button is one of many who think the Flyers general manager was one of the big winners of the draft weekend. "You can put me in the cheering fans category," Button said in a radio interview on SportsRadio WIP yesterday afternoon. "Ron Hextall understands what a winning team looks like. He understands that you don't just go out and find players very easily.
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August 7, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THIS WAS always the situation the Flyers and their two top-line stars would be in when this offseason started. Jakub Voracek's 81 points last season and three straight seasons of solid production made it obvious he wasn't going to hit free agency when his four-year deal ran out after next season. The only question that needed an answer was how much the right wing, who turns 26 next Saturday, would command from the Flyers. That question was answered last week when general manager Ron Hextall locked in the Czech Republic native by extending him through the 2024 season with a salary-cap hit of $8.25 million per year, just under the $8.275 million of his linemate, captain Claude Giroux.
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August 1, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers locked up Jake Voracek for the long term Thursday, signing the forward to a reported eight-year, $66 million contract extension. Voracek was golfing when he heard the news and joked that it messed up his game. But missed putts aside, the 25-year-old is excited about the extension. "I knew something was going to get done," Voracek said on a conference call Thursday. ". . . It's good that it came this early, so now we can focus on everything else. " Voracek, who led the Flyers with a career-high 81 points last season, still has one year left on his four-year, $17 million contract.
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July 30, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
SEAN COUTURIER stepped onto the ice last night for an offseason workout in Drummondville, Quebec - where he played his junior hockey - and did so knowing he had some newfound security in his life. The Flyers' first-round pick in the 2011 draft, chosen eighth overall, was entering the final year of a two-year, $3.5 million contract that would have left him as a restricted free agent following the 2015-16 season. Now, he's signed through 2022. The Flyers and Couturier agreed on a reported six-year extension worth about $26 million.
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July 24, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
GENERAL MANAGERS, no matter the sport, typically keep things close to their vest when talking about the state of their rosters. And for good reason. But when Flyers boss Ron Hextall said in the weeks leading up to the draft that he didn't think there would be much roster turnover this offseason, perhaps all his cards were on the table. The Flyers were around $2 million under the NHL's $71.4 million salary-cap limit going into the offseason. But Hextall was able to work a little magic to improve the roster, even if the result was what he said was about $350,000 in space right now. Hextall was being honest when he spoke in late June, because there hasn't been much roster turnover from last season's team, which finished 33-31-18 and 14 points out of the playoffs.
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July 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Del Zotto was hoping to avoid arbitration and sign a two-year deal with the Flyers. The 25-year-old defenseman got his wish on both counts. With an arbitration hearing set for Tuesday, Del Zotto agreed to a two-year contract extension worth a reported $7.75 million with the Flyers on Thursday. "We always wanted a two-year deal and didn't want to settle on one," Del Zotto said in a conference call. "I think both sides wanted that. " Del Zotto signed a one-year, $1.3 million free-agent deal with the Flyers last year.
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July 17, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IT TURNS out an arbitration hearing won't be necessary after all when it comes to Michael Del Zotto and the Flyers. Just five days before the 25-year-old defenseman was scheduled to have his salary-arbitration hearing, the two parties agreed on a reported two-year contract worth $7.75 million, $3.875 million against the cap per year. This leaves the Flyers with around $360,000 in cap space, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Signing Del Zotto, a veteran of six NHL seasons, was always on offseason priority for Hextall.
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July 14, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THERE IS a good possibility sometime in the near future that the Flyers have a roster loaded with homegrown talent. The team has a stockpile of defensive prospects after adding seventh overall draft pick Ivan Provorov to the equation. He joins the likes of Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin, Robert Hagg and Shayne Gostisbehere as the future on the team's blue line. The Flyers added a forward with a second first-round pick last month in Travis Konecny, selected 24th overall. Their captain, Claude Giroux, a first-round pick in 2006, is locked into a contract through 2022.
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July 10, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
MY SINCERE wish is for Ivan Provorov to blossom into a bona fide NHL star, so successful that he someday wins the trophy awarded by the NHL each season to its most valuable Russian player. I like the Flyers' top pick, like his heady game and grit he displays for an 18-year-old. I like the poise with which he already conducts himself on and off the ice. But that's not really why I want him to win the award. It's the award's name: the Kharlamov Trophy. Yes, that Kharlamov.
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July 10, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The days of dump-it-in hockey are over. Speed rules. Which is why the Flyers are excited about two forwards making their first appearance at the team's development camp: Danick Martel and Travis Konecny. The solidly built Martel is all of 5-foot-8 and 162 pounds. He makes up for his lack of size with his quickness and grittiness. Just ask the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League opponents who watched him collect 102 points, including 48 goals, in 64 games last season. "I'm 5-8 off the ice, but on the ice, I'm not," he said Tuesday.
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