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June 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second year in a row, the Flyers have selected a defenseman with their first pick in the NHL draft. With the draft at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time, new general manager Ron Hextall made 18-year-old defenseman Travis Sanheim the 17th overall pick Friday night. The draft will conclude Saturday with Rounds 2-7. Last year, the Flyers chose blueliner Sam Morin with the 11th pick of the first round. Sanheim was considered a late riser. Playing for Calgary of the Western Hockey League, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound defenseman had five goals and 24 assists in 67 games and a plus-25 rating.
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June 29, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
His first draft as an NHL general manager always promised an internal tug-of-war for Ron Hextall, a weighing of his philosophy for constructing a sound hockey organization against the depth and doubts of this year's class of talent. Since the Flyers promoted him to GM last month, Hextall has not hid his belief that a team is best built from the back through the middle of the ice: goaltenders, defensemen, centers. Despite his distinguished career as a goalie, he has maintained - and rightly so - that in today's NHL, possessing a stable of swift, puck-moving defensemen is of paramount importance, given the speed and strategy that characterize the game.
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June 28, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Kings are known as Flyers West. They have key people who were with the Flyers in one capacity or another - on the ice, behind the bench, and in the front office. Maybe the Flyers should be called Los Angeles Lite, because clearly, new general manager Ron Hextall - a former assistant GM with the Kings - plans to adopt some of L.A.'s building strategy. That means a heavy emphasis on the draft. The Kings won the Stanley Cup with 11 homegrown players this season (the Flyers had three)
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June 27, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer NestorM@phillynews.com
WILL THE Flyers keep their 17th pick or swap it? Newly appointed general manager Ron Hextall has said he will take the best player available. But in one of the weakest defensive draft classes in recent history, it seems likely the Flyers will add a forward to the youth pipeline. Here are five of the best, and likely options for the Flyers if they stay at No. 17: *  Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) It's unlikely this 6-3 left winger will fall to 17, but if he does, the Flyers should not hesitate to take a chance on his power, speed and heavy shot.
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June 27, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THERE IS no player offensively skilled like Sidney Crosby in this weekend's NHL draft. There is no player as defensively stout as the Kings' Drew Doughty. So says Flyers general manager Ron Hextall. Nevertheless, there are reasons to be optimistic about the Flyers adding productive talent, starting with tonight's first round at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers have the 17th pick, which Hextall does not believe is high enough to draft an immediate impact player. He characterized the draft as good but not great.
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June 26, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have three promising defensive prospects - Shayne Gostisbehere, Sam Morin, and Robert Hagg - but overall, they are thin on young players knocking on the NHL door. That makes this year's draft, the first overseen by new general manager Ron Hextall, so important. Hextall and scouting director Chris Pryor need a strong draft to put the organization on the right path. "Your core pieces - we call them homegrown players - they're big. . . . You want guys like that," Hextall said during a news conference Tuesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
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June 26, 2014 | BY ANDERW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
RON HEXTALL was in a garage cleaning cars and changing oil in 1982 when his mother told him he had a phone call. It was the Flyers, saying they had taken him in the sixth round of the NHL draft. Hextall said he hated the Flyers growing up, mostly because his father (Bryan) and uncle (Dennis) played against them in the heyday of the Broad Street Bullies. But it only took him about 20 minutes to change his mind and "fall in love" with the franchise. Hextall has the opportunity to make that phone call Friday night to a prospect hoping to hear his name called with the 17th pick in the 2014 draft.
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June 26, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
RON HEXTALL made his first statement as the new Flyers general manager this week and this is what the trade of Scott Hartnell said: This thing is a bigger crow's nest than a novice's fishing reel, and it's going to take me a while to get out all the knots. Oh, he talked again yesterday about R.J. Umberger adding a little speed and versatility to a lineup that keeps losing, not adding, goal-scorers. He even said he wasn't wary of picking up a 32-year-old player who had fallen even more out of favor in Columbus than Hartnell had here because "R.J.
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June 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers gained speed and shed some long-term salary obligations Monday when they acquired R.J. Umberger and sent Scott Hartnell to Columbus. The deal of 32-year-old wingers was the first made by new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, who also acquired a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 from the Blue Jackets. Umberger, who started his career with the Flyers, had 18 goals and 16 assists last season as the Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs after a four-year absence. "I feel I have a lot left in the tank," Umberger said.
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June 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
HOURS AFTER trading Scott Hartnell to Columbus yesterday for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers announced they agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension with Brayden Schenn. The team, per its policy, did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the extension is worth an average of $2.5 million per year. Earlier in the offseason, general manager Ron Hextall said he regarded re-signing Schenn as a top priority. The 22-year-old center was set to become a restricted free agent when free agency begins on July 1. "I'm happy with the deal I got," Schenn said yesterday evening on a conference call with reporters.
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