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Flyers general manager search: Why Bill Zito is an interesting dark horse choice

Flyers general manager search: Why Bill Zito is an interesting dark horse choice

Want an under-the-radar candidate for the Flyers' general manager vacancy?

Bill Zito could be the guy.

Zito is the assistant general manager for the Blue Jackets, whom he has been with since August 2013, and also oversees the club's AHL affiliate Cleveland Monsters.

The 54-year-old Yale graduate used an agency and scouting background as a springboard into hockey management. 

Why Zito's a fit

Zito is known for being numbers savvy, which would only help with balancing the salary cap and wisely conducting contract negotiations, aspects the Flyers lacked before Ron Hextall.

Zito has represented a number of current and former NHL players — including Kimmo Timonen — and also brings a good eye for talent, according to Flyers official website contributor Bill Meltzer.

Why Zito's not a fit

The Flyers look like they want a candidate with a résumé already deep in general manager experience — a GM that has been there, done that on pulling off big trades and making tough decisions.

"I think you have to look at everything," Flyers president Paul Holmgren said Tuesday. "We're very focused on the trade deadline coming up on Feb. 25 and we think there could be some opportunities out there and, frankly, we don't want to miss out."

Zito doesn't have the track record quite yet as he hasn't held a role higher than AGM.

What they're saying

"Now that Jason Botterill is in Buffalo and Julien BriseBois has finally taken over in Tampa Bay, my next 'assistant general manager destined for greatness in the big chair' is Bill Zito."

- Greg Wyshynski, ESPN.com

"Another candidate that would make sense to me but I’ve not confirmed whether the Flyers will reach out to him is Columbus Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito who spoke with Carolina about its GM job last season and seems ready for the next step in his career."

- Pierre LeBrun, The Athletic

"As mentioned by Pierre LeBrun, a dark horse name for Flyers GM search is Columbus assistant GM Bill Zito. He will become an NHL GM — some liken him to Ray Shero — and had a good working relationship with Homer when Paul was Flyers GM and Zito was an agent (Timonen among others)."

- Meltzer, Flyers official website contributor

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Flyers, Sixers receive promising news as New Jersey allows pro sports to restart

Flyers, Sixers receive promising news as New Jersey allows pro sports to restart

It looks like there is good news for the Flyers and Sixers. 

Early Tuesday morning, Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s governor, gave a promising announcement regarding sports in the state. 

Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction. We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.

-Murphy via Twitter


(Image credit: Governor Phil Murphy

While both the NBA and NHL have slowly been making progress to figure out how their respective seasons can proceed, until this point in time, the Flyers and Sixers were at a standstill when it came to where they would be able to train — considering their facilities are located in New Jersey. 

While there are still many steps that need to be set in place before any season can resume, it seems like things are heading in the right direction. 

While the safety of others remains the highest priority during this time of COVID-19, it’s promising to know players will be allowed to return to their facilities — while following league and team guidelines, of course. 

For more information on how the NBA is proceeding during the pandemic, click here

For more information on how the NHL is transitioning into Phase 2, click here

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Flyers Talk podcast: Analyzing possible playoff matchups in NHL's 24-team format

Flyers Talk podcast: Analyzing possible playoff matchups in NHL's 24-team format

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall pick a playoff matchup for the orange and black.

From looking at the 24-team format to Michael Barkann's interview with Bernie Parent, let's dive in:

1:00 — Which playoff matchup would we prefer for the Flyers?

6:00 — Should we care about fairness in the 24-team bracket?

10:15 — Pick one of the two: season canceled or Penguins win the Cup?

13:30 — Parent has high praise for Carter Hart and the Flyers

16:25 — Why Hart is a great fit for Philadelphia

20:00 — Sharing our most painful hockey memory

25:30 — A taste of the "Marathon on Ice"

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