The Philadelphia Flyers have officially promoted general manager Paul Holmgren to team president. Subsequently, GM-in-waiting Ron Hextall has replaced Holmgren as general manager.
The move comes after chairman Ed Snyder called the Flyers first-round exit “a solid B.” Holmgren was credited for firing coach Peter Laviolette three games into the season, as Snyder appreciated the courage a move like this required.
However, Holmgren’s tenure as general manager has been an inconsistent as a bouncing puck. His reign was highlighted by trades for starting goalie Steve Mason and defensman Andrew MacDonald, as well as the bold moves that netted the Flyers Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and Jak Voracek.
Former goalie Ron Hextall, an executive in the Flyers’ front office, will assume general manager duties. Ed Snyder rung praises of his newest GM: “Ron is one of the league’s bright young stars on the management side, and we’re very fortunate to have him. He’s had success in Los Angeles and will now put that experience to work for us as General Manager,” Snyder acknowledged. “We all remember the enthusiasm, work ethic and personality he had as a player, and we’re excited to watch him bring those qualities to building a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup.”
A new era of Flyers hockey awaits, with Hextall leading the way. Stay tuned.
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