Free agent RW Brett Hextall(#52 above) has been signed to an AHL contract with the Phantoms for this upcoming season. Hextall was born in Philadelphia while his father was working in the city, doing something or other. The 26-year-old Hextall, whose name sounds familiar but I really can’t place why, played the last three season for the Portland Pirates where he had his best season last year, notching 11 goals, 12 assists, and 83 penalty minutes in 50 games. With the Phantoms, Hextall will play under Terry Murray, who coincidentally coached a different guy named Hextall with the Flyers from 1994 to 1997. That’s probably something he can discuss with his new coach as a way to break the awkwardness. Once a Flyer, always a Flyer.