The Philadelphia Flyers front office will have a new look to it very soon.
The Flyers have called a press conference at 11:30 a.m. ET to announce front office promotions. According to Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, the announcement will be to promote Paul Holmgren as the team president and Ron Hextall as the new general manager.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise as it was less than a week ago it was announced Holmgren was staying on as the GM. Instead now he’s moving on up and Hextall takes over. Perhaps the rash of GM openings around the league pressed the Flyers into action if they wanted to retain Hextall.
Hextall has been an assistant GM since 2006. After seven years with the Los Angeles Kings in that role, Hextall became Holmgren’s assistant GM with the Flyers in July 2013. He’s been preparing and ready for a job like this for some time now.
Holmgren has been the Flyers GM since 2006-07 when he took over for Bobby Clarke. He’s been in the Flyers organization since 1995-96 when he was the head of pro scouting and then moved up to assistant GM in 1997-98.
Ilya Bryzgalov has already endeared himself to all of us thanks to 24/7, but now he’s giving it up for the fans in Philly with the mask he’ll be wearing for the 2012 Winter Classic.
Instead of opting for Rocky Balboa and Benjamin Franklin, he’s running with Philly sports icons Reggie White, Mike Schmidt, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, Bobby Clarke, and Joe Frazier. If this mask was any more Philly it’d have a crazed Danny DeVito eating a sandwich from Geno’s/Pat’s/Tony Luke’s while playing flip cup. This is pretty cool just the same.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Kyle Turris talks about his excitement to play with the Ottawa Senators—and a Canadian market. He better produce quickly or all of that added exposure could turn into a heavy burden. (Senators Official)
Now that the Senators hope they’ve landed their No. 2 center with Turris, the Derick Brassard trade rumors to Ottawa should be a thing of the past. (QMI Agency)
Pat Hickey returns! This time, he’s telling us that Jacques Martin was just a scapegoat for the troubles in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)
Unfortunately, it looks like the hockey world has yet another racial controversy on its hands. This time, we look to the OHL for the alleged insults. (Buzzing the Net)
Bobby Clarke has plenty of ideas when it comes to the concussions around the NHL. You know, because he was so anti-violence when he was a player. S/T to Kukla’s Korner. (PhillyBurbs.com)
Speaking of Flyers captains of the past, are Eric Lindros and the Flyers organization ready to bury the hatchet once and for all? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Adrian Dater doesn’t care about scoring. He says the NHL game is better than ever. (Denver Post)
Here’s what Evgeni Malkin had to say after his hat trick against the Sabres: “My first shot, I scored. Second shot, I score again. It’s a lucky day for me.” Yeah, it’s all luck Geno. (Post-Gazette)
The GM is getting booed at Nationwide Arena and beat-writers are calling the playoffs a “pipe dream.” Needless to say, things could be better in Columbus (Puck-Rakers)
Bad news for the San Jose Sharks. Martin Havlat had some issues trying to make a line change on Saturday night and was seen leaving the arena with a cane. Here’s why: (CSN Bay Area)