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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Who in your mind has improved the most in the East and in your division?

Hextall: Oh, boy. Boy, that’s a good question. 

Looks to me like the Rangers and Penguins took steps backwards.

Hextall: People maybe look at Tampa in the East and say they improved. I always say, if you don’t improve from within, you can only make so many steps. ... You can’t sign free agents X and Y and say, ‘Oh, we’ve gotten so much better.’ Maybe you look at Minnesota two years ago and say they were the exception with [Zach] Parise and [Ryan] Suter. You say, ‘Well, they should be a lot better.’ It didn’t work out quite like some people thought it would. For the most part, you can’t go out and sign a free agent or two and say you took this huge step. Because of chemistry and everything else that goes into it. If you don’t get better from within, your chances of moving too far ahead are slim.

That’s where we focused this summer. Getting better from within. Not just on the ice, but some of our staff and minor league team. Little things we can improve in here like the analytical part or coaching part. There’s things we can get better. It’s not just the product on the ice which is a byproduct of all the little things that you improve on, whether it’s medical devices or training programs. Our team was very diligent about training [this summer]. Our team last year? I don’t think was in great shape. I really don’t, for whatever reason. We better be in better shape this year. 1 and 7 [start]? We can’t do that again. We got to be ready to go on opening night. We gotta fricking go! That type of thing far outweighs signing a decent free agent. 

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phillyd's avatar

As a Flyers fan, I’m glad Hextall stood pat this summer. Not that he had much of a choice with the salary cap mess that Holmgren left him with. I really thought he was going to be able to unload Vinny on someone but we’ll see where that ends up as training camps start and the season begins. I’m actually more impressed by the good, young D corps they are assembling, it’ll be interesting to see their development on the Phantoms this year.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 09/05/14 at 09:35 AM ET

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