Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall acknowledged Monday he has spoken to Dean Lombardi about a possible job but said he wasn't sure if the former Los Angeles Kings general manager was interested in returning to the Flyers.
"I talked to Dean a couple times," Hextall said. "He's not doing anything right now as far as I know. I don't have answer for you there."
Lombardi was fired by the Kings on April 10 after 11 seasons. He was a scout for the Flyers from 2003-06.
Hextall worked for Lombardi with the Kings as an assistant GM for six seasons (2006-13). During their time in Los Angeles, the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and reached the Western Conference Final in 2013. After that season, Hextall left for the Flyers, and the Kings won the Cup in 2014.
"It's sobering in terms of where we are in pro sports," Hextall said. "Two championships in five or six years and you lose your job. It's sobering, but that's today's day and age, that's where we're at."
The Buffalo Sabres are the only NHL team without a general manager. Tim Murray was fired April 20.