He’s back! Flyers’ legend Ron Hextall has been named Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations.
“We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” said Holmgren regarding the announcement. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.”
Hextalll has spent the past seven years as the Assistant General Manager and Vice President of the Los Angeles Kings. With his assistance in creating “Flyers West”, the Los Angeles Kings were able to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup, before it was ruined by Justin Bieber.
In addition to his work with the Kings, Hextall was the GM of the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. There he lead the Monarchs to a 290-205-24-32 record. The Monarchs made the Calder Cup playoffs every year during his tenure, including two appearances in the conference finals. With the Flyers’ bad reputation of developing talent, it is encouraging that there is now someone on board who has been proficient in that very category.
Hextall does have experience with the Flyers front office, serving as a Pro Scout after his retirement in 1999. Hextall was also Director of Pro Hockey Personnel for the Flyers from 2002-2006.
One question arises with this news: what happens to current Director of Hockey Operations, Chris Pryor. It is hard to believe the team would let him go so shortly after he played a major role is piecing together the future of the team at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I suspect he will still have a prominent role in the front office.
Looking deeper into this news, it seems the Flyers have found their new GM, whenever that time may be. The Flyers have a history of hiring people they are familiar with, and with the experience Ron Hextall has, it would be a no-brainer of hire if Paul Holmgrem needs to be let go.
Maybe with Ron Hextall’s re-arrival, the curse of Ron Hextall will be lifted, finally letting a goalie donning a Flyers’ sweater be great!
Update 7/15/13 6:30 P.M. — Chris Pryor will essentially have the same role, except that his new title is Director of Scouting.