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Ron Hextall In As Assistant GM For Flyers

The Flyers have announced that former star goalie Ron Hextall has been hired to be the Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations.

“We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.”

Hextall's contract is a multi-year deal, Holmgren said, though he wouldn't specify how long just yet.

"Obviously I'm excited about it," Hextall said. "Quite frankly it came together at a very short time here. I had a brief conversation with Homer at the draft and then it just kinda steamrolled towards the resolution that happened today."

Hextall, 49, had been the assistant general manager and Vice President in Los Angeles for the past seven years. Hextall played a major role in assembling the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Kings team.

Besides assiting with the Kings, Hextall was the general manager for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. During his tenure running that teams, the Monarchs went 290-205-24 in seven seasons, going to Calder Cup Playoffs each year and losing twice in the Conference Finals.

Hextall will be making his second venture in the Flyers front office. In the seven years prior to going to Los Angeles, Hextall started as a pro scout after retiring in 1999 and spent 2002-06 as the Director of Pro Hockey Personnel.

"It's obviously a little bittersweet for me," Hextall said. "I had a great time in LA. We were obviously [Stanley Cup champs]... obivously that's the pinnacle for all of us."

It will be interesting to see what Hextall will bring to the table for the Flyers in his second go-around.

In a conference call, Holmgren talked about the decision to bring Hextall to Philadelphia. Holmgren said they began talking back at the draft and, "and it just evolved from there."

Hextall will play a big role in the decision-making, Holmgren said. He also said he will lean on Hextall a bit with some of the decisions.

"His knowledge of building teams from the ground up…the things he learned in L.A. will be helpful to us," Holmgren said in a conference call.

There is no doubt that Hextall will have a future as a general manager for an NHL team. But will it be in Philadelphia in the future? That seems to have been on the minds of a lot of Flyers fans the last couple years.

Another thought is the work he will likely do with the Phantoms. Finishing at the bottom of the AHL the last few years, the Adirondack Phantoms could use some major modifications.

More quotes from Holmgren will likely be posted later if made available.