About 90 minutes after Ed Snider hinted that Paul Holmgren may become president of the Flyers, Holmgren said he would remain as general manager next season.

Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast Spectacor, said the club hired assistant general manager Ron Hextall last year to be the GM someday, but Holmgren said he was not ready to relinquish the job. Holmgren hired Hextall.

"He's an excellent resource in our organization," Holmgren said Friday, after the Flyers cleared out their lockers at their Voorhees practice facility. "He's a tremendous hockey man, and I have no question that he's ready to be a general manager at any point. We'll see where that goes, but I'm certainly not in any position today where I want to change chairs."

Holmgren said he would give permission for Hextall to talk to another team if it wanted to pursue him as a GM. But he made it clear he hopes Hextall stays.

Snider said the club was in the process of "analyzing everybody's title" and that Holmgren would be the head of the hockey operations.