Ron Hextall has proven to be an excellent NHL general manager in his drafting abilities and his well-devised ways of trying to free up cap space. All of the magic in the world wasn't going to give the Flyers the room to show Hextall's ability to bring in additions through free agency the way fans would like.
When free agency opened, Hextall made two deals, signing Dale Weise to a four-year, $9.4 million deal and Boyd Gordon to a one-year, $950,000 deal.
The Flyers were hoping to potentially find a scorer. The two players they signed on Friday combined for 16 goals last season.
Hextall had admitted before free agency that while the Flyers hoped to get the scoring forward they need, they wouldn't do it at the wrong cost.
"I’d like to upgrade our top six, but I would certainly upgrade our top nine," Hextall said to CSN Philly last week. "We’re not going to do something that ties our hands next summer. There’s not going to be any short-term vision that doesn’t play out long term.
"I don’t want to get into a spot here where it costs us a young player and we’re forced into a deal."