VOORHEES — If the backbone of a team starts between the pipes and goes outward to the defense and center and so-on…Ron Hextall has a lot of work to do.

The Flyers’ general manager was asked Thursday what the team’s future is in goal next season and the response was not a resounding endorsement of what’s currently around.

“I don’t know.”

“We’re going to look at all our options and we’ll go with what we feel like is our best option,” Hextall said. “We’ve got kids to watch and then we’ll figure things out. We’ve got some evaluating to do and when the time’s appropriate, we’ll make those decisions.”

It would be a big surprise if any of those “kids” are ready to make the jump into shouldering the load for a full NHL season, even if Hextall continues wanting to have a platoon in goal.

Anthony Stolarz, who played seven games for the Flyers this season, might be able to make the jump to taking more of the load but both Hextall and coach Dave Hakstol said they’re unsure if the sample size is big enough.

“He played fairly well for us,” Hextall said. “Whether he can do it over the course of the season in the end, he’s got to be the one that proves that.”

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