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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 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 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 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 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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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
FOR WHATEVER reasons, the Flyers apparently like to make trades on June 23. It was the day in 2011 when Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt. A year later, it became the day James van Riemsdyk was shipped to Toronto. Perhaps fittingly, it's now the day Ron Hextall made his first trade as Flyers general manager. First-line left winger and alternate captain Scott Hartnell, a Philadelphia mainstay of seven seasons, was dealt yesterday to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in next summer's draft.
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June 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE MERCURY is just beginning to rise inside the thermometer, marking another sweltering summer in Philadelphia. Yet, in just 108 days, the puck will drop on the Flyers' 48th season. The NHL released its full, 1,230-game slate for the 2014-15 season yesterday. The Flyers will open on the road in Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 8. They will wrap up on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at home against Ottawa. Ron Hextall's first changes to the Flyers' roster as general manager and Craig Berube's first full season behind the bench will play out over the 80 games in between.
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June 20, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER MOVING to a number of different franchises throughout hockey, Gord Murphy is returning to the place where his career began. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced yesterday that Murphy has been hired as an assistant coach to serve under Craig Berube. Murphy, 47, will coach the Flyers' defense. He and Berube were teammates together for parts of three seasons, from 1988-91. Murphy has been an assistant coach in the NHL since 2002 - most recently working with Florida under Kevin Dineen before he was fired on Nov. 8, 2013.
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June 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Flyers' season ended with a playoff loss to the New York Rangers, veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen figured he had played the final game of his stellar 15-year career. "There were a lot of times I thought, 'OK, this was probably enough,' " he said in a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon. But a couple weeks later, Timonen reconsidered, and on Friday he signed a one-year deal for $2 million plus incentives. He was paid $6 million last season. "After a few weeks of working hard, I realized I could still do it. It wasn't the money," Timonen, who lives in Haddonfield, said before boarding a flight to return to his native Finland for 10 days.
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