In a move many saw coming for months, even after a public dismissal last week, Flyers assistant General Manager Ron Hextall has been promoted to General Manager, and Paul Holmgren has been promoted to President. This was announced in a news conference on Wednesday morning.
Holmgren had issued a denial of any organizational movement after the series loss to the New York Rangers, but in those five days since, that organizational movement indeed occurred.
Hextall, 50, takes over this position after serving this past season as Assistant GM. He had previously served as Assistant GM for the Los Angeles Kings, playing second fiddle to former Flyers scout Dean Lombardi.
Patience is something that is not in the Philadelphia Flyers vocabulary.
Flyers Chairman Ed Snider has not been the model of patience for the Flyers. For years now the team has been in “win now” mode at the expense of future development.
But two years ago, the team shuffled their roster and radically changed their direction, acquiring younger players, prospects and picks. With young players comes growing pains and unfortunately for the Flyers, these players such as Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds, are struggling.
With the team’s struggles early in this season, there have been calls for a roster shakeup.
Fred Shero, perhaps the most decorated coach in the Philadelphia Flyers' history, was announced as an inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders Category on Tuesday.
Shero led the Flyers to consecutive Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, as well as a Finals appearance in 1976. He holds the Flyers record for games coached, wins, and winning percentage.
"I am thrilled to hear that Fred Shero was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame," Flyers' Chairman Ed Snider said. "It's a great day for the Philadelphia Flyers."
Shero's name will always be synonymous with the era of the Broad Street Bullies, and his magical quote "Win today and we walk together forever." His leadership paved the way for the Flyers to be the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. "The Fog" coached the Flyers for seven seasons between 1971 to 1978.
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 33 year old centerman will cost $4.5 million against the salary cap. He also owns a full no movement clause (NMC).
Lecavalier was most recently bought out by the Lightning due to his 11-year, $85 million extension signed back in 2008 being too much for the organization to handle. Ever since his buyout, he quickly interviewed with many teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, and the eventual winners, the Flyers.
The Philadelphia Flyers have bought-out goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
After a cat-and-mouse game with Bryzgalov's agent, it has been made official that the Flyers are cutting ties with their $51 million goaltender. The news was broken by Flyers beat writer Anthony SanFillippo.
The Flyers came to a crossroads two offseasons ago.
They could have gone in one or two directions. One side of the path had them rebuilding the team, pushing a youth movement that would make them a dangerous contender in a couple years. The other path was the same win-now mentality the Flyers have had for the last two decades, resulting in a couple Stanley Cup berths and a handful of Conference Finals appearances.
Unfortunately, general manager Paul Holmgren tried to travel down both paths at once and wound up falling flat on his face this season.
(Photo: Wayne Simmonds (front) and Sean Couturier (back) were both a part of the youth movement. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
Let’s face it: the Stanley Cup Finals will be a nightmare to watch for Flyers fans.
One scenario will see the hated neighboring-state rival New Jersey Devils raise their fourth Cup in 18 years, pouring more salt in the wounds of Flyers fans who haven’t seen their team celebrate in almost four decades.
The other scenario will see the Los Angeles Kings win their first ever Stanley Cup, a team modeled after the Flyers organization thanks to former head coach John Stevens (assistant coach), former goalie great Ron Hextall (assistant general manager), and former scout Dean Lombardi (president and general manager).
But why not root for the Western Conference team? Because of two former Flyers named Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.