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July 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
AFTER THE FLYERS cleared cap space in a trade with Arizona last weekend, adding Sam Gagner to the mix, the general question around Flyerland was: What forward comes next? Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said that upgrading the skill level up front was crucial for the team's offseason. And after two days of free agency, Gagner might be that upgrade after all. He also might be the only player the Flyers add to their first three lines this summer, barring any trades. "He is a very skilled forward," Hextall said of Gagner.
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July 2, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Sam Gagner is staying with the Flyers and it seems like a low-risk, high-reward gamble. The Flyers' free-agency plans came into better focus Tuesday when they decided to retain Gagner, who was acquired Saturday from Arizona. Gagner, 25, has underachieved during his eight-year career but led Coyotes forwards in goals (15) and points (41) last season. He could center the second line or play wing. General manager Ron Hextall had been considering buying out Gagner's contract.
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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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July 1, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a draft in which he was praised, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made his second deal in three days Monday, sending feisty left winger Zac Rinaldo to Boston for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft. Almost immediately, the Twitter hashtag #InHexyWeTrust began trending in Philadelphia. Rinaldo, 25, supplied energy but lots of ill-advised penalties during his five-year stint with the Flyers. He had a goal, six points, five fights, and 102 penalty minutes in 58 games last season.
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July 1, 2015 | By Jeff Neiburg, Daily News Staff Writer
RON HEXTALL has been a busy man since Friday. The Flyers general manager, many say, was one of the biggest winners of the NHL draft. The team entered the weekend with around $2 million in cap space and, after unloading Nicklas Grossmann and Chris Pronger's contract to Arizona, flew home from Sunrise, Fla., with more than $6 million in space. The weekend's momentum carried right into yesterday as the Flyers dealt spunky winger Zac Rinaldo to Boston for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft.
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July 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IT WAS late March when Chris Pronger knew there was a chance he'd be honored yesterday. The Hockey Hall of Fame's general voting members ratified new bylaws and clarified bylaw No. 26 - which states an inductee must not play professionally for three years before becoming eligible - to allow players still under contract, but not playing because of injury, to be inducted. Pronger last played in November 2011 because of postconcussion syndrome and hasn't officially retired because his contract as a player runs through 2017.
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June 30, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Center Sam Gagner, hoping for some stability for himself and his pregnant wife, wants to remain with the Flyers. General manager Ron Hextall is trying to figure out whether he wants Gagner to stay. Welcome to a bizarre chapter in shaping the Flyers' 2015-16 roster. The Flyers acquired Gagner, 25, and a conditional draft pick from Arizona Saturday for defenseman Nick Grossmann and the final two years of Chris Pronger's contract. In a conference call with reporters Sunday, Gagner called the Flyers a storied franchise, "and if I get a chance to play there, it'd be very exciting.
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June 30, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The acquisition of Sam Gagner has either given Ron Hextall the top-nine forward he coveted or the salary-cap relief he desperately needs. Clarity will come when the free-agent market opens on Wednesday, but it sure sounds like Gagner need not bother looking for local real estate agents just yet. Hextall on Saturday acquired Gagner from Arizona for defenseman Nick Grossmann and the contract of Chris Pronger, who was still on the Flyers' books despite not playing since 2011 because of a career-ending concussion.
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June 29, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
SUNRISE, Fla. - The selection of Ivan Provorov truly represents general manager Ron Hextall's stance that he was taking the best player available with the seventh overall pick in last night's first round. The farm system is lacking in forwards and Provorov is a defenseman. "He has elite hockey sense," Hextall said, "and is a real good competitor. A 200-foot player. " Some scouts considered Provorov, 18, the best blue-liner in the draft. If nothing else, he's one of the few who has been to Lincoln Financial Field for an Eagles game.
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June 29, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers general manager Ron Hextall went to the NHL draft this weekend trying to add speed; get some promising goalie prospects; and, most important, select a defenseman who could someday be a franchise cornerstone. Give Hextall props. He did just that. Some teams had great drafts because of can't-miss selections that fell into their laps (see Edmonton with Connor McDavid and Buffalo with Jack Eichel). But you'd be hard-pressed to find a team that had a better first round than the Flyers, who took defenseman Ivan Provorov at No. 7 and traded up to get speedy right winger Travis Konecny at No. 24. "We're happy, but we'll see in three or four years," Hextall said when asked to evaluate his draft.
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