On March 1st, Ron Hextall and the Philadelphia Flyers traded defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In return they received Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick and a conditional 7th round pick. Streit was then flipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which resulted in the Flyers receiving the conditional pick. At the 2017 draft they selected Maksim Sushko with the 4th round pick, and Wyatt Kalynuk with the 7th round pick.
Although he has a relatively high cap hit for this season, Filppula stablized the Flyers down the middle for the end of the 2016-17 season. Now, he is a solid middle-six center and on the top power play unit.
Meanwhile, Mark Streit played 19 games with the Penguins, recording six points (one goal, five assists) and a minus-two rating. He was a part of the Stanley Cup winning team, but he only played in three playoff games. He certainly didn’t push the Penguins over the edge by any means.
The trade was already a win for the Flyers after last season, but again we are reminded of Ron Hextall’s genius.
Now, after Streit signed with the Montreal Canadiens over the summer, he played in just two games before being waived just over seven months after Ron Hextall traded him for a middle-six center and two mid-to-late round picks.
Streit wasn’t going to make or break the Flyers, or any team he was on for the end of the 2016-17 season. However, the Flyers were able to receive multiple assets in return for him.
This was just one of the many trades that Hextall has completed in such a fashion.
Since 2014, Hextall has traded Tye McGinn, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Zac Rinaldo, Luke Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, and Mark Streit for multiple assets. All of those players are now either out of the league or playing in much lesser roles for their teams.
The return from those trades have helped acquire assets such as Felix Sandstrom, Radko Gudas, Travis Konecny, Mikhail Vorobyev, Kirill Ustimenko, and even top-six winger Jordan Weal, not to mention various other draft picks.
The Flyers transition has been about rebuilding through the draft and getting rid of dead weight. Ron Hextall has done that over the past three years and we are beginning to see it come to fruition.
While some may view that a general manager can not be deemed “great” until the team is a consistent contender, there is no arguing against the fact that Hextall has done a great job in the trades he has made over the past few seasons. The Flyers are set up for success thanks to Ron Hextall.
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