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05-09-2014, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bozwell View Post
He did not get pushed up stairs because he wanted to go right now-one way or another Hextall was going to be a GM this year and flyers had to make a decision. I am trying to figure out which team forced the Flyers hand on the subject
He didn't get pushed. He brought Hextall into the fold in the first place so he could hand pick his successor.

Holmgren spoke to Hextall at the draft last summer. I don't think Holmgren said, "Hey, come be my assistant, we could have a great time!"

More likely (and has been all but confirmed) is that Holmgren spoke to Hextall and said, "I'm not going to be GM forever, I'm looking for a way out, and I'd love to have you in the fold for when the time comes".

EDIT: Their hand wasn't forced. This was pretty clearly planned for quite some time now.

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