There are nights Ron Hextall is so consumed by his job he can't shut off his brain.
In seven seasons as the Kings' assistant general manager, Hextall oversaw their exemplary farm system, but General Manager Dean Lombardi made the final decisions in major matters. In Hextall's first season back in Philadelphia, where he had made his name as a feisty goaltender, he was an assistant to GM Paul Holmgren and didn't have the ultimate say.
Now, he does. Hextall was appointed the Flyers' general manager in May, a promotion he welcomed even though it ruins his sleep.
"The biggest difference is that sometimes you wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning and your mind starts...