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October 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Kings felt they were getting close to a championship and needed a veteran or two to put them over the top. The Flyers wanted to get younger and faster. And, so, the teams pulled the trigger on a blockbuster 2011 deal that sent captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a second-round draft pick that the Flyers later dealt for Nick Grossmann. Ron Hextall, now the Flyers' general manager, was the Kings' assistant GM at the time, and he remembers vividly why the deal was attractive from Los Angeles' perspective.
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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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October 29, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
BILL MASON'S cellphone bill may be a bit higher this month than normal. That's because his son, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, said he's needed a few lengthy phone calls to vent after a frustrating start to the season. Mason, 26, is off to a tough start. He doesn't have a win in five games and his save percentage is .878, tying him for 50th in the NHL. He has been in this position before - many times, in fact, in Columbus. This isn't his first time playing with a shoddy defense.
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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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October 29, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WHEN PAUL Holmgren was promoted to Flyers team president last May, he didn't pack any boxes. Unlike his predecessor, Peter Luukko, who also served as Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer, Holmgren didn't want or need a cushy office at Wells Fargo Center. For one, keeping his old digs at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., allowed him to stay closer to his South Jersey home. More importantly, with an office window that overlooks the ice, Holmgren could remain close enough to feel the heartbeat of the team he has spent almost his entire adult life employed by. "I'm still around the hockey team enough to feel the excitement of it," Holmgren said.
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October 29, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE LAST time Shayne Gostisbehere played a meaningful hockey game on Wells Fargo Center ice, he netted three points and skated off with Union College's first NCAA championship in a win over powerhouse Minnesota. Gostisbehere, 21, will have a slightly different set of nerves and expectations when he makes his NHL debut tonight against Detroit. Many hope Gostisbehere will provide a shot in the arm for the sagging Flyers, who announced yesterday both top pairing defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald will miss the next 4 weeks with injuries.
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October 29, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
BILL MASON'S cellphone bill may be a bit higher this month than normal. That's because his son, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, said he's needed a few lengthy phone calls to vent after a frustrating start to the season. Mason, 26, is off to a tough start. He doesn't have a win in five games and his save percentage is .878, tying him for 50th in the NHL. He has been in this position before - many times, in fact, in Columbus. This isn't his first time playing with a shoddy defense.
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October 28, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Mason said his mother would like "more than anything" to have a conversation with her son where the two actually talk. The Flyers goalkeeper calls home after each game - win or lose - to talk with his parents, who live near Toronto. And after his last few starts, Mason has used the calls to vent. "Sometimes the conversations last 10 seconds with a couple [expletives]," said Mason, after Sunday's practice. "They put up with it. They're my parents. " Mason started five of the season's first six games.
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October 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Kings felt they were getting close to a championship and needed a veteran or two to put them over the top. The Flyers wanted to get younger and faster. And, so, the teams pulled the trigger on a blockbuster 2011 deal that sent captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a second-round draft pick that the Flyers later dealt for Nick Grossmann. Ron Hextall, now the Flyers' general manager, was the Kings' assistant GM at the time, and he remembers vividly why the deal was attractive from Los Angeles' perspective.
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October 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last six-plus months, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere led tiny Union College to the NCAA national championship, signed an entry-level deal with the Flyers, and played a handful of professional games on the AHL level. The whirlwind took him back to the Wells Fargo Center - site of Union's NCAA title win in April - for his NHL debut Saturday night against visiting Detroit. "It's definitely been a ride, for sure," the soft-spoken Gostisbehere said after the morning skate. "But you just have to stay humble and stay focused.
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October 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The Flyers defense is on the verge of getting a major upgrade. Recovering from a foot injury, top-pairing defenseman Braydon Coburn continued to make progress during Monday's practice at the United Center, and he could return Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. "Today was a good day," Coburn said after an 80-minute practice in which he had several defensive partners. "I feel like there was some improvement, and I feel more comfortable out there, so I'm hoping I can have a good day tomorrow.
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October 22, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Before the puck dropped on the regular season, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall held a meeting with his team. His message, among others, was simple: "Penalties are killing us," Zac Rinaldo recalled. Hextall pointed out the statistics. The Flyers have finished either last or second-to-last in fewest minor penalties in six of the nine seasons since the game changed after the 2004-05 lockout. He even held a meeting with Rinaldo during the offseason to drive home his point.
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October 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger is as feisty off the ice as he was during his playing days. The former defenseman bristled at the suggestion that, by taking a job with the NHL's player-safety department on Friday, it is a conflict of interest because he is being paid by the Flyers for the next three seasons. Pronger said that he is "merely a sounding board" for Stephane Quintal, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, and that Quintal will hand out disciplinary measures. Pronger will not be permitted to make disciplinary recommendations on incidents involving the Flyers.
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