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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 made a trade Saturday for a player he's not sure he will keep, and he sent defenseman Chris Pronger - who is currently employed by the NHL's player-safety department - to Arizona as part of the deal. Yes, it was one of the most bizarre trades in Flyers history. The Flyers acquired Sam Gagner, a center who has not lived up to the expectations created by his being drafted sixth overall in 2007, and a conditional draft pick from Arizona for defenseman Nick Grossmann and Pronger's contract.
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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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June 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - The Flyers got what they wanted - a two-way defenseman who may be NHL-ready and a speedy right winger - in the first round of the NHL draft Friday at the BB&T Center. They selected 6-foot-1, 201-pound Ivan Provorov, a player who may one day be the cornerstone of a terrific defense, with the No. 7 overall pick. They later traded picks No. 29 (first round) and 61 (second round) to Toronto and took right winger Travis Konecny with the 24th selection in the first round.
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June 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - New Flyers coach Dave Hakstol gave a strong scouting report on goalie Matej Tomek, whom the Flyers may select during the final day of the NHL draft Saturday. Hakstol recruited Tomek for the University of North Dakota, and the player will be a freshman at the school. He will be considered if he's available when the Flyers make their first third-round pick (70st overall), acquired in the Tye McGinn trade with San Jose. Playing in the North American Hockey League last season, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Tomek had a 1.83 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
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June 27, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Dan Marr, director of the NHL's Central Scouting service, says that after blue-chip centers Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are drafted Friday night, the talented prospects expected to be selected between Nos. 3 to 10 are evenly ranked. "It's like a jar of jelly beans," he said during the NHL's scouting combine earlier this month. "Throw them up and they'll scatter. You take your pick and you'll be happy. " Which "jelly bean" is the sweetest in the mind of Flyers general manager Ron Hextall?
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