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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)

Hextall Named New GM, Holmgren Promoted to President

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.

Analysis: This is Mason's Time

If you go back into the early episodes of the TCL Flyers podcast, you'll hear me proclaim Ray Emery as the Flyers' starting goaltender in 2013-14. Why? He had shown an ability to be competitive after suffering avascular necrosis in 2010. He also proved to be a valuable backup on a juggernaut Chicago Blackhawks team that won hockey's greatest prize.

Steve Mason, that other guy, played well during his seven-game tryout at the 2013 season's conclusion. Prior to that, I, and many others, fell into the trap of thinking of Mason as the sad sack goalie from The Buckeye State with undersized pads who produced a record fit for the NHL's version of a discard pile.

(Photo by Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer)

Zac Rinaldo Out with High Ankle Sprain

General Manager Paul Holmgren released a statement around 4:30 p.m. Thursday detailing that Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo will miss approximately six weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Matt Read Out With Concussion Symptoms

After missing the past few games with what was classified as an upper body injury, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren updated Matt Read's health status on Wednesday evening. Read will miss time with post-concussion-type symptoms.

Raffl Finishes 2013 With Strong December

For a guy who was a healthy scratch just five weeks ago, Michael Raffl has made the most of the opportunities presented to him since returning to the lineup on Nov. 27.

In fact, December may have been the best month in the 25-year-old’s professional hockey career.

During the final calendar month of 2013, Raffl notched 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in 14 games played, including his first career NHL goal against Ottawa on Dec. 9. Prior to the beginning of December, Raffl had just one point in 14 games played.

(Photos by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Vincent Lecavalier Out 3-4 Weeks

According to Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren, forward Vincent Lecavalier will miss 3-to-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.

Analyzing the Last Five Stanley Cup Champions; Flyers Are Doing It Wrong

Okay, someone has to say it: the Philadelphia Flyers are building wrong.

Going back through the last five Stanley Cup winners (2009-13) and the Flyers Eastern Conference Champion team in 2010, there is a huge discrepancy when comparing the make-up of those teams to the Flyers of 2013.

The winning teams being talked about are the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks, 2010-11 Boston Bruins, 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, and 2012-13 Blackhawks.

(Photo: Chicago's Patrick Kane just realizes he scored the game-winning goal of Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, beating the Flyers.)

Gameday Vs. Washington: Flyers Face Ovechkin-less Capitals

The Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Washington Capitals tonight. The Capitals will be without their captain, Alex Ovechkin. Is this the break the Flyers needed?

Flyers Acquire Steve Downie in Trade with Avalanche

Confirmed reports claim that the Philadelphia Flyers have traded Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own first round draft pick in 2005, Steve Downie.

Downie was originally shipped out of town with Steve Eminger in exchange for Lightning defenseman Matt Carle. Carle finds himself back where he was before this deal in 09, in Tampa Bay, in some sort of strange, full-circle kind of sense.

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