John Paddock

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Familiarity Makes Hextall the Right Choice for GM

Not long ago, I stood in the Wells Fargo Center elevator and observed a conversation with Frank the operator, Paul Holmgren and Bob Clarke.

Clarke and Holmgren cursed at each other. They laughed. Frank laughed too. The three of them have been with the Flyers for a long time. Many people have been with the Flyers a long time.

There’s a reason for that. Stability and success bring the old guys back and make the new ones desire such longevity in the organization.

(Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)