OK so what are you looking at here? Facebook user (isn’t that all of us?) John S. posted a highly questionable report from new Flyers reporter* John Boruk**, who posited that phenom center Nolan Patrick could be moved to the wing, which is a relatively absurd concept that even Dave Hakstol would have trouble entertaining. Without prompting, Baicker, now a PR and social media guru with the Devils, weighed in. She spoke quite candidly about her departure from CSN: Continue Reading
Nolan Patrick, who underwent yet another abdominal hernia surgery just before the draft that we just found out about two weeks ago, was supposed to SKATE for the assembled media in Voorhees. Today. He won’t be doing that now.
Were you the girl with a lip fungus who K-I-S-S-ed Nolan? We’d love to hear from you.
A little birdie tells me that John Boruk may replace Tim Panaccio on Flyers coverage at CSN (or at least fulfill some of the latter’s former duties).
Boruk will take a multi-faceted approach to covering the team, taking his talents (and patterned suits) to the airwaves and web to pick up the very short amount of slack left behind by Panotch after he was let go by the network earlier this month. It seems there could be more analysis than straight reporting.
Boruk, an anchor, has long sort of fancied himself a hockey guy and has done a lot of work on the Flyers. He also hosted Postgame Live. Indeed, he’s been tweeting almost exclusively about them this month:
— CSN Philly (@CSNPhilly) July 7, 2017
As we’ve discussed before, CSN is trying to shift its focus to a one newsroom approach where talent is expected to be more versatile than longtime employees who came from traditional TV backgrounds, many of whom have been let go over the last year or so. It’s unclear how much Boruk will travel with the team – Panaccio’s travel had been cut back in recent years – and his coverage, I’m told, will be buoyed by contributions from Jordan Hall, who does Flyers web stuff.
Flyers press release:
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today the schedule of events for their annual excursion to the Jersey Shore, Trial on the Isle, presented by AAA. This family-friendly day, set for Wednesday, July 12 in Stone Harbor, NJ, welcomes all Flyers prospects (and fans) to take to the sand and surf as a part of the final day of the team’s development camp.
The day’s events will take place as follows:
9:15 a.m. – Prospect Beach Activities, 96th St. Beach
10:15 a.m. – Team Games, 80th St. Recreation Field
12:30 p.m. – Clinic for Kids, Stone Harbor Elementary School
1:15 p.m. – Prospect Autograph Session, Stone Harbor Elementary School
3:30 p.m. – Beach Volleyball Tournament, 96th St. Beach
Trial on the Isle, presented by AAA activities will begin at 9:15 a.m. with warm-ups and team building exercises at 96th St. Beach, including an annual prospect sand sculpture building contest. Players will then race along the beach to 80th St., advancing each block only when beach drills such as Frisbee toss, home run derby, and potato sack races are complete. Prospects will end the morning’s activities with a bubble soccer game at 80th St. Recreation Field.
At 12:30 p.m., Flyers prospects Nolan Patrick, German Rubtsov, and Travis Sanheim, as well as Lehigh Valley Phantoms player Will O’Neill, will host a free street hockey clinic for young fans at Stone Harbor Elementary School (275 93rd Street).
All participating Trial on the Isle, presented by AAA prospects will be available to sign autographs at the school beginning at 1:15 p.m. Admission to the signing is $10. Proceeds will go to American Legion Post 331, based out of Stone Harbor. A limited number of sun visors will be available to AAA members attending the session, courtesy of AAA.
Trial on the Isle, presented by AAA wraps up back on 96th Street Beach with a prospect volleyball tournament at 3:30 p.m.
Trial on the Isle, presented by AAA, which concludes the team’s annual development camp, is led by Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine, Jim McCrossin.
All Trial on the Isle, presented by AAA events are open to the public. For the most up-to-date schedule of events, please visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.
There, I just did what Tim Panaccio did for the last 30 years and saved myself time by not trying to rewrite it to make it appear as original work.
The Flyers throwing the old summer holiday weekend timing on this press release (IT NEVER FAILS):
Nolan Patrick will not be participating in the on ice portion of next week’s development camp. Nolan had abdominal surgery on June 13th which related to his injury he dealt with this past season. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers. Nolan will be able to resume full activity in 4-6 weeks from the date of surgery.
So exactly 10 days before they drafted him.
If you’ll recall, I posted last week that the Flyers remained very concerned about his injuries:
A little birdie tells me that the Flyers are “extremely concerned” about Patrick’s injury history and really want Nico to fall to them at number two. No one knows what the Devils are going to do, but recent reports have them taking Nico. That possibility might have led to the loosely-sourced report that the Flyers could trade back and send the number two pick to Vegas in exchange for what could perhaps be a slew of draft picks Vegas obtains through expansion draft agreements to avoid certain unprotected players.
Now, should I post all of the OB trolls who abused me for a good 24 hours after the draft calling my post bullshit, or should I note that maybe the Flyers’ concern, and the fact that Nico all of a sudden hopped Nolan on draft boards, had something to do with the fact that he had yet another hernia surgery (his second) for an injury that was initially misdiagnosed – it was thought to be complications from the hernia surgery he had on the other side last year – and that he hid from teams until earlier this month which no one said anything about it until… today? I don’t know why you’d read any other site!
Just as I was writing the Dei Lynam post, Tim Panaccio tweets that he is out at CSN:
PART 1: The business of reporting is rapidly changing and so am I. I’m leaving CSN. (continued) …
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 28, 2017
PART 2: Thanks to everyone at the network and, of course, the Flyers. Third period ends. Overtime next.
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 28, 2017
It’s looking more like these are network decisions rather than personal decisions. Keep in mind the current sports media environment: ESPN just laid off a whole bunch of its talent (mostly writers and reporters), FOX Sports just went all-in on an almost exclusively video strategy, and now CSN has just jettisoned its leading Flyers and Sixers reporters.
The industry as a whole is losing subscribers due to cord cutting. Social media is dominating. It’s becoming harder to monetize online text. And news and highlights on TV aren’t really needed anymore. This comes in the wake of many networks, including CSN, paying large broadcast rights fees to leagues and teams. You see the problem there.
I don’t want to dance on anyone’s grave, but if there was one person I would do that to, it’s Panaccio, who once emailed the Flyers and demanded that I be removed from their press distribution list because I was an asshole who worked in his mother’s basement. More relevant: He wasn’t good at his job, was the leader of a group of troll beat writers who continually mailed it in with small-minded and predictable content, and wrote useless game recaps in one-sentence paragraphs. Flyers coverage will be better off.