Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (right) shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers Shake Up Front Office

Paul HolmgrenThis afternoon the Philadelphia Flyers held a press conference in which they promoted Paul Holmgren to the position of Team President and Ron Hextall to the position of General Manager.  According to Holmgren, Hextall will have the final say in all hockey related decisions.

The press conference featured Paul Holmgren, Ed Snider, and Ron Hextall.  In the question and answer segment, Hextall confirmed that he will utilize Holmgren as a resource, but that player decisions are ultimately his responsibility. He also mentioned the need to keep young players and draft picks.

Judging from his comments, Hextall will likely try to build the Flyers in similar fashion to the way in which Dean Lombardi built the LA Kings. Core players like Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, and  Dustin Brown were LA draft picks, while supporting cast players, like Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, were brought in via trade.

Here are a few notes on the press conference:

– In one of the funnier moments, Holmgren spoke of Hextall’s loyalty to Philadelphia saying “I think Ron has Flyers tattoo on his ass.”

– Hextall noted that being the Philadelphia Flyers General Manager is his “dream job.”

– Hextall said that he does not envision trading young players for older players. He also wants to look within to improve the team before looking outside the team.

Ultimately, Ron Hextall said all of the right things this afternoon. He seems set on committing to the youth, drafting well, and using analytics. For more details and quotes, see here.

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