Judging from comments made Friday by Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider and team general manager Paul Holmgren, the Capitals may have to take Ron Hextall off their list of potential general manager candidates.
In speaking with reporters two days after the Flyers’ first-round playoff exit to the New York Rangers, Snider acknowledged there may be a change in titles within the Flyers’ management team, with the possibility of Hextall replacing Holmgren as general manager. Holmgren could assume the vacant position of team president.
Holmgren was asked during his news conference if he would allow a team like the Capitals or Vancouver Canucks to interview Hextall for their vacant general manager positions.
“I don’t have to if I don’t want to,” Holmgren said. “If that were the case, for me, you do the right thing. Is that the right thing? Yeah.”
Hextall has the managerial experience to be a general manager in the NHL and, given a choice, it likely would be in Philadelphia.
If Hextall becomes unavailable, Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning likely would remain near the top of the Capitals’ list of candidates to replace George McPhee.