Hextall is the seventh general manager in team history, and all indications are that Hextall will be the architect of the roster makeup, as he is in charge of the day-to-day operations. Hextall was named the assistant general manager in July 2013, and before that, he was with the Los Angeles Kings organization in a similar role.
The Flyers certainly have a lot of faith in how Hextall can build a team from the ground up, and that is exactly what Hextall stressed in his press conference today. Hextall wants to build from within and avoid trading young, talented prospects for older, more established players, and that is a breath of fresh air to Flyers fans because Holmgren was quite the opposite. With Hextall now general manager, he will focus on building up their minor league system to become a stronger organization overall.
It will certainly be a change in culture for Flyers fans, and it really is a much-needed one because the Flyers haven't seen a ton of improvement since their 2010 team. Even a bigger notion of change came when Hextall mentioned using analytics in their roster process. Hextall stressed that the old way of doing things isn't always the best way, and he stressed their importance. This is much different than what Holmgren has been doing.
In all though, this is a positive move for the Flyers. Hextall brings passion, intensity and a breath of fresh air to the organization.
He was beloved as a player, and if he brings a Stanley Cup to Philadelphia for the first time since 1975, he will be beloved as a general manager.Tags: Flyers, Hockey, NHL, Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Ron Hextall