The Philadelphia Flyers on Monday announced Ron Hextall had returned to the franchise as the team's assistant general manager and director of hockey operations.
Hextall had spent the past seven seasons as assistant GM of the Los Angeles Kings.
"We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a release announcing the hiring. "Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities, which will be a valuable addition to our staff."
In his role with the Kings, Hextall was the GM of the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. In his seven seasons in charge, the Monarchs reached the AHL playoffs each season, including two appearances in the conference finals. He also worked with Kings GM Dean Lombardi in helping build a team that won the 2012 Stanley Cup.
Hextall previously had been part of the Flyers' front office from 1999-2006, working first as a pro scout and later director of pro hockey personnel.
He replaces John Paddock, who was shifted last season from assistant GM to assistant coach.
Hextall spent 11 of his 13 NHL seasons as a goalie for the Flyers, and is the team's all-time leader in wins (240) and games played by a goaltender (489).
Surprised the Kings allowed him to walk, but after reading the CSNPhilly article, his contract was up in June and Holmgren talked to him after the draft...
Hextall's contract with the Los Angeles Kings, with whom he served as assistant general manager, ended in late June. Some shuffling around in the Flyers' front office led to a vacancy here, and Holmgren approached Hextall shortly after the June 30 NHL draft. The timing and destination simply made sense for both sides, Holmgren said.
I gotta give Holmgren credit because he potentially just hired his replacement if he should be fired; unless, Holmgren is planning to give up his spot in the near future.
He was one of my favorites growing up in the 80's. Welcome back 27!
Perfect replacement for Homer should he get canned or retire in the near future. Hexy had a huge part in building the Kings team to what it is now. Too bad he couldn't have gotten here sooner, we might have landed Bernier if he did. Kudos to Homer to hiring a guy that could replace him. Shows that Homer does have this teams best interest at heart, a true Flyer.