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SBD/May 8, 2014/Franchises
Brotherly Love: Flyers Promote From Within, Name Holmgren President, Hextall GM
Published May 8, 2014
OLD TEAM, NEW MAN: In Philadelphia, Mike Sielski notes between Snider, Holmgren and Hextall there are “101 aggregate years of affiliation” with the Flyers. That is “more than a century's worth of sameness, of immersion in an organization that, for all its strengths and stability, hasn't won a championship” since ‘75. The number that “should matter most” is seven. Seven is “the number of years” that Hextall was Kings VP & Assistant GM and it was “time well-spent.” During Hextall’s tenure, the Kings “transformed themselves from an NHL embarrassment into one of the league's elite clubs.” His “embracing of analytics, of a deliberate plan to establish and maintain competitive excellence, stands in stark contrast to his tempestuousness as a player.” Hextall is a “different man now and, from the available evidence, is poised to be a different executive by Flyers standards” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/8).