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CSN Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio yet Again Falls Victim to Fake Twitter Account

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It just wouldn’t be silly season without Timmay being a dope. That Tweet – from Andy Strickland – is fake. It was retweeted by over 100 people, including Panaccio (who impressively figured out how to delete his RT).

Of course, Tim has done this sort of thing before:

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Happy anniversary, Tim.

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An AHL Reporter Is Fueling a Fire He Created about a “HUGE” Deal Between the Flyers and the Blues

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Here, join me in pairing this post with a grain of salt. Nightingale has 1,200 Twitter followers and is currently podcasting on a live show with… carry the 2… six listeners (one of them is me) and has somehow managed to light Flyers Twitter ablaze.

But this is all part of my new pledge to post completely unsubstantiated rumors because the last time I didn’t do so I had the Dave Hakstol scoop sitting in my inbox. Seriously, I’ll read anything on the prompter right now. Let’s get nutty today.

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Flyers Sign Backup Goalie Michal Neuvirth

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Boomshakalaka. And we’re off with free agency.

Neubirthththththth (not even gonna make an attempt) comes as a cheap backup who has spent time with the Capitals, Sabres and Islanders. He has a .912 career save percentage. He was reportedly seeking a starting deal, but obviously the market wasn’t there for him, so the Flyers now have an upgrade behind Steve Mason. Good signing.

Other news: Phil Kessel to the Penguins. Gulp.

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This Isn’t the First Time the Subject of Prescription Painkillers Has Come up Involving Mike Richards

May, 2011, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo take in a Union match at PPL Park. Richards had just had surgery on his wrist.

May, 2011, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo (not pictured) take in a Union match at PPL Park. Richards had just underwent surgery on his wrist. He and Carter would never play for the Flyers again. pic via anonymous tipster

Back in 2013, I had former Philly.com gossip columnist Dan Gross, who broke the Dry Island story, on the podcast, and he reprised comments he made on Puck Daddy Radio in 2011 that the real nut of the story involved prescription painkillers. Here’s what Gross told me [audio at 25:30 mark]:

“After [Richards and Carter] both left, we started hearing some things about why they were gone. And whether it had to do with excessive partying. And there was also a question that didn’t make my story, because it wasn’t to the level which we could say it definitively … it’s certainly accurate to say there were teammates of these guys who had believed that they were taking prescription painkillers in addition to drinking and partying. Now, were those painkillers prescribed due to injury? I’m sure they were– Carter had the broken foot and Richards had I’m sure other things going. So, I’m not about to say the guys were abusing drugs or anything like that. But I will say that there’s at least two teammates who were concerned that was the case.”

He also said that the Daily News was uncomfortable printing some of those details because they were unable to verify the claims, even though Gross felt they were at the heart of the Dry Island story:

“It was unfortunate that it didn’t get into the story. I kinda of thought that if you did have that in the story, it just made the whole thing sound a little more legit. Look, I knew it was legit, I knew what I reported was accurate. And there were people who were like ‘oh, we all know these guys drink but they don’t drink any more than this one or that one,’ and all of that seemed true. But what I think what was really instrumental in selling that story so-to-speak to the readers, was the idea of the Dry Island.”

None of this is particularly surprising, but it does demonstrate that these concerns regarding painkillers have swirled around Richards (and others…) for years now. It would make sense if the Kings had this as context for their decision to release Richards for a breach of contract following a border incident involving OxyContin.

Related: Here are more photos from that trip to PPL Park to see Becks, who wasn’t there

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Mike Richards’ Contract Termination: It Was a Border Incident

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Uh oh.

Katie Strang, reporting for ESPN about the Kings releasing Mike Richards for a breach of contract:

Several sources told ESPN.com the Kings were made aware of the situation Friday, approximately an hour after the first round of the 2015 NHL draft had begun.

The team was already in the process of trying to trade him — discussions were in place with both the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames — but Kings general manager Dean Lombardi immediately informed both teams upon learning about the situation that he had no prior knowledge of the incident and halted those talks, according to a source.

Oh, juicy. So, what do we got?

TSN’s Eric Macramalla, echoing other reports that it was a border incident:  Continue reading

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The Flyers Traded Zac Rinaldo

I’m falling in love with Ron Hextall. What, a gritty energy guy doesn’t win you hockey games in 2015? WHO KNEW?!

Flyers press release: The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from the Boston Bruins in exchange for C Zac Rinaldo, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Rinaldo’s two-year, $1.7 million contract was just about to kick in. Incredibly, Hexy found someone dumb enough to take it. Also, this:

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Mike Richards Was Released by Kings for Breach of Contract

Photo credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Not bought out. Straight-up released. Kings statement:

“The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team’s right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time.”

Whoa. Not sure the last time I’ve seen a player straight-up released for breach of contract. Wonder if it had something to do with his off-ice habits?

Now, the Kings were on the hook for a hefty $14 million buyout and cap hit. So they had the incentive to find an angle here, but me thinks Richie’s about to lawyer up.

Somewhere, Paul Holmgren has himself a good, maniacal laugh.

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I bet there’s about to be a lot more to this story.

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Explaining the Flyers’ Trade, Which Was Sort of Amazing

It's kind of remarkable that such brilliance came from this 1960s era-looking roundtable, pic via Flyers Twitter

It’s kind of remarkable that such brilliance came from this 1960s era-looking roundtable, pic via Flyers Twitter

I assume that only a subset of the most hardened OB Flyers fans understand the intricacies of the league’s cap and CBA. So, if you’re not intimately familiar with how it works – I’m not either, and I have to look it up every time the team pulls off some mathematical wizardry to undo the impulsive whims of madmen Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren – here’s a primer on why the draft day trade yesterday was so good. [All numbers are rounded off for ease of understanding… and because I really didn’t feel like being that precise.]

 

First, the trade

Flyers press release: The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired 5-11, 202 lb C Sam Gagner and a conditional 2016 or 2017 draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for D Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of D Chris Pronger, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

 

How, on Earth, did Hextall manage to trade a guy who hasn’t played in three years, works for the league, and is effectively retired, when Ruben Amaro can’t even figure out how to trade Cole Hamels or Ryan Howard?

That… is a great question. The simple answer would be Hextall is good at his job and Amaro is of questionable intelligence… but there’s more to it than that.

First, it’s important to understand the league’s goofy rules. Pronger has not officially retired because doing so would’ve, obviously, prevented him from getting collecting the ~$19 million he was owed after his career-ending concussion(s). Somewhat incredibly, he’s under contract through 2016-2017. What’s more is that Pronger retiring, while it would’ve saved the Flyers money, would’ve cost them a roughly $5 million cap hit every year. By staying “active,” even though he works for the league(!), Pronger was eligible to not only be placed on long-term injured reserve and collect salary, but also come off the Flyers’ cap at around the start of the season. It was a win-not loss scenario.

But Pronger is owed only ~$1 million over the next two seasons (cap hit remains ~$5 million). The Coyotes, in taking on a small portion of his salary, will not place him on LTIR, so they can count him against their cap because they need to hit cap floor.

 

So why bother trading Pronger if the Flyers could just place him on LTIR?

Well, there are a few reasons.

Yes, the Flyers could effectively go $5 million over the cap since they placed Pronger on LTIR every year. But getting him off the books completely has many benefits, because while you can go 10% over the roughly $70 million salary cap during the offseason, Pronger’s $5 million cap hit counted against the Flyers’ allotment until either the end of training camp or the start of the regular season, (the two times the Flyers could’ve chosen to place Pronger on LTIR) and limited what the team could do in free agency. The ways to realize the cap upper-limit using LTIR vary, and it’s really not worth going into detail over here, but it’s safe to say that doing so could create many headaches (pun not really intended). Now they can sign free agents without having to pull off all sorts of chicanery to avoid a penalty.

There are other fringe benefits as well, including the ability to prorate in-season acquisitions against the cap, more room in their total contract limit, and just the general ability to not have to find loopholes and spend important(?) brain capital to build a team around a guy on LTIR. In short– it’s better to have actual cap space than LTIR cap space. But yeah, trading Pronger probably helps Phoenix more than the Flyers. Continue reading

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