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A Ridiculous Joffrey Lupul Tweet Has Made Its Way onto TSN’s #TradeCentre Coverage

pic via (@FlyersNation)

pic via (@FlyersNation)

Awesome. But I still have trouble getting past the Canadian way of spelling “centre.”

[The Lupul-Elisa Cuthbert thing is probably an untrue interwebs rumor. But still fun.]


The Flyers Traded Braydon Coburn and Got a Ridiculous Return for Him

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers press release:

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired 6-0, 204-lb D Radko Gudas from the Tampa Bay Lightning, along with Tampa Bay’s 1st and 3rd-round picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for D Braydon Coburn, according to general manager Ron Hextall. If Tampa Bay fails to make the playoffs in 2015 and ends up with the first overall selection, Philadelphia will receive the New York Rangers’ 2015 first round pick in the draft (previously acquired by Tampa) in lieu of Tampa’s own first round selection.

Huge haul. Maybe Hextall’s best move as Flyers GM. A young defenseman and a first round draft pick (and a third)? Can’t complain about that.

With Braydon’s departure, presumably, comes the departure of Nadine Coburn:

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We won’t miss Braydon. But we’ll miss you, Nadine.

UPDATE: How did Braydon find out?

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As always, better than reading it on Crossing Broad.


The Flyers Traded Kimmo Timonen to the Blackhawks

Press release:

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Well this came out of nowhere. Good move for the Flyers, though. They’re not going anywhere this year and got a couple of draft picks for Timonen, who will now get a legit shot at a Cup.

He was scheduled to make his season debut this weekend after fighting blood clots in his leg the second half of last year. Low-risk, high-reward deal for the Blackhawks. Can’t help but think the Flyers almost did this as a favor to Kimmo. He’ll probably be an assistant coach here within a year or two.

You can get tickets for that Flyers-Blackhawks game on March 25 before they go through the roof right here.


UPDATE: Eric Lindros Is Suing Former Referee Paul Stewart and The Huffington Post for Libel

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

FINALLY. After more than five years of doing this, I finally get to experience the joy that is blogging about Eric Lindros drama.

Lindros is suing former referee Paul Stewart and The Huffington Post over a column Stewart wrote for the website in which he made Lindros look like a – quote – “dickhead.” From TSN in Canada:

Eric Lindros has launched a $3 million defamation lawsuit against one-time NHL referee Paul Stewart and the Huffington Post, after Stewart wrote a column for the online news website that allegedly made the former Philadelphia Flyers star forward look like a “dickhead.”

In documents filed in an Ontario court, Lindros says his reputation has been sullied after Stewart wrote about his poor on-ice relationship with Lindros, which was capped by an incident when Lindros allegedly tore up posters he was asked by Stewart to autograph for a charity.

Lindros has asked a court to award him $2 million in general damages and another $1 million in aggravated damages. He has also asked the court for an injunction that would prevent Stewart, the Huffington Post, and its U.S. owner AOL, from continuing to publish Stewart’s allegedly defamatory statements.

[UPDATE: Tim Panaccio reports, on Twitter, that Lindros is suing Stewart and AOL for only $150k, not $3 million. I’d link to it, but Tim blocked me like a big baby and I can’t see his original Tweet. So you’ll just have to take my word for it.]

Here’s what Stewart wrote back in July: Continue reading


The Alarm in the Capitals’ Hotel Went off at 1:30 This Morning, and Apparently Hockey Players Sleep in the Buck

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The Washington Capitals, obviously in town to play the Flyers this afternoon, were awoken by a curiously-timed fire alarm at their hotel (Four Seasons or Ritz? I’m going Four Seasons) last night. Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson posted videos on their respective Instagrams of players sitting outside their rooms in the hallway, apparently in various states of undress. Which is curious to me. I mean, sure, I do think people generally, on average, wear one less article of clothing when sleeping in a hotel, for several reasons:

1) Hotel rooms are generally warm with temperature controls that are pretty straightforward. There are few drafts. And there are usually made beds with with big, comfy blankets in which to snuggle.

2) They’re not your bed sheets, so any excretion – intentional or otherwise – is someone else’s job to clean up.

3) If you’re in a hotel, you’re typically in a given city or town for a reason, which means you spend more time out and less time, particularly in the evening, lounging around in a t-shirt, shorts or sweatpants– all clothes that you might wear to bed at home or a relative’s house.

But yeah, I’m still genuinely surprised that Alex Ovechkin sleeps in the nude. Have I spent too much time on this? Am I weird? I don’t think so. I’m not the weird one. YOU’RE WEIRD for not analyzing the many reasons why we walk around hotel rooms like indigenous creatures from a far-flung, undiscovered land, where testicular support  is merely a notion whispered about in hushed clicks and grunts in dark, secluded enclosures.

Videos after the jump.

H/T to (@SneZoc33)

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ESPN The Magazine, Which Ranked the Phillies Dead Last in Their Use of Analytics, Ranked the Sixers First

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In the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine — actually on newsstands now — ESPN ranked every professional sports team based on how much their approach is “predicated on analytics.” We already told you that the Phillies were dead last at 122, but we got the magazine today, and the Sixers finished first.

In the short paragraph that accompanies the ranking, it reads:

When Philly hired Sam Hinkie in May 2013, the team became a test case for the GM’s plan: dump overvalued mediocrity, lose (a lot) with cheap role players and load up on picks. With five staffers devoted to picking apart the CBA, mining player health and minting theories on roster construction, Hinkie has topped his former boss, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, as the NBA’s most ardent analytic master. “He has a vision,” says Sixers forward Robert Covington. “We’re going to turn this around.”

And that was all written before yesterday’s deals.

Only the top ten and bottom ten are ranked by-number, but the middle teams were all throw into categories. The Flyers are under the “One Foot In” category, while the Eagles are named “Believers.” Cool?


Lisa Ann Once Again Describes Why Michael Del Zotto Is Such a Creep

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Lisa Ann did a Q&A with GQ recently to explain why she prefers sleeping with NBA players—————————————————————————————-> I can’t imagine why. The conversation of course turned to resident creeper Michael Del Zotto, who has apparently taken his talents to Kacie McDonnell, and his overzealous ways with Ann:

You took an issue with Michael Del Zotto public. Are there more players like that?
I don’t hook guys up with girls ever. But if I am close with a guy, I will give him my advice. Del Zotto reached out to me through an event. Within the first time of going out one on one, he wanted a threesome. It was just repetitive. It annoyed me so much. I said, “Dude you’re a freak and I’m going to blast you to put you in check.” Sometimes I feel like I’m a silent regulator to these guys, but sometimes I feel like I have to work on the woman’s team too.”

Are these guys oblivious or just disrespectful?
I think it’s both. Certain guys can look at you and get to know you and you’re no longer just that porn star. Other guys can’t get that out of their head. You’re just a porn star and every minute of your day you’re having pillow fights with ten girls.

They just want to act out fantasies.
They want to act out fantasies and they want to use me to get that to happen.

Some guys will be real specific, wanting you and a certain girl. I don’t even know or like that girl. Why do you think I want to have sex with them? But from porn they think that’s what I like.

So, to recap, some of DZ’s known habits:

1) Tindering.

2) Hitting up porn stars for dates.

3) Two chicks at the same time.

4) Handies with rubber gloves and lube.

5) Kacie McDonnell.

6) Hockey.

Potentially not in that order or some combination thereof.


A Flyers Fan Didn’t Get What He Paid For

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pic via (@Mtrible) 

This is currently number three on the front page of Reddit– a picture apparently taken at the Flyers-Caps game yesterday. The funny thing is, that sign would probably work at a Sixers game, too.

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