The Vancouver Canucks need a general manager while the Flyers have a guy in their front office who wants to be a general manager.
Former Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall returned to the Flyers after spending seven seasons in the Los Angeles Kings’ front office. Hextall is an assistant general manager and director of hockey operations with the Flyers. In addition to his responsibilities for the big club, he also serves as the general manager of the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.
It all adds up to Hextall being groomed to become a general manager of an NHL team.
The Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre is reporting Hextall is “in the mix” for the Canucks’ general manager position which has sat vacant since the team relieved Mike Gillis of his duties. In addition to Hextall, Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning is also thought to be a candidate for the position.
What makes this particularly alarming for Flyers fans is Hextall was thought to have been brought in to take over as general manager once Paul Holmgren’s reign has ended. Hextall told NHL.com in July, "I do want to be a general manager I talked to [Holmgren] about that when we talked about this job. If something else becomes available, I at least want to look at it. He was absolutely fine with that.”
Could this be Hextall’s big break? We’ll know soon enough.