According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman, the Pittsburgh Penguins have offered Ron Hextall the GM job and the two sides are negotiating contract terms. Hextall was in the same role with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2014-2018.
Ron Hextall has been offered the GM job of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two sides are talking numbers at this point, but it’s possible that a handshake agreement is in place as soon as today. #TSN
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 9, 2021
Former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford resigned from the position on January 27. Assistant Patrik Allvin replaced him on an interim basis for 13 days.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported that the two sides could handshake on an agreement as early as Tuesday.
The 56-year-old was fired by the Flyers on November 26, 2018, and interviewed for the Penguins’ opening twice.
He also spent seven seasons as assistant GM with the Los Angeles Kings.
In 608 career NHL games with the Flyers, New York Islanders, and Quebec Nordiques, the goaltender went 296-214-69 with an .895 save percentage, a 2.98 goals-against average, and 23 shutouts.
My view of Hextall’s strengths and weaknesses as a GM in Philadelphia (focusing solely on team building here, not relationship-building critiques): pic.twitter.com/yGjGv4XsBt
— Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) February 9, 2021
It is also being reported that Brian Burke will join Hextall in Pittsburgh as head of Hockey Operations. Burke most recently served as an analyst for Rogers Media broadcasts. Burke also served as an ice hockey executive, most recently as the president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames.
Well this is something. Hearing Brian Burke will join Ron Hextall in PIT. Burke as president of Hockey Ops; Hextall as GM
Going to miss this teammate, loved working with you Burkie
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 9, 2021
By Harrison Brown