Archives For Writer/Editor: Kyle Scott

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This comes via the folks at Pens Blog, who spotted Evgeni Malkin hitting Sidney Crosby in a spot that most hockey players carry their manhood during a jersey ceremony on Sunday. Assuming this didn’t really hurt Sidney.

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Photo credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It wouldn’t be springtime in Philly if were weren’t talking about who will play goal in [insert Flyers playoff game]. This time, however, the discussion isn’t about who’s more deserving, it’s about Steve Mason and his health.

Mason suffered some sort of an injury against Pittsburgh on Saturday. It could be whiplash. It could be a concussion. It could be fatigue from the pollution in the Pittsburgh air. But it’s for sure an upper-body injury.

Mason only participated in a portion of practice today, according to reports, and will do so again tomorrow. Craig Berube said he wasn’t sure if Mason would play on Thursday.

This is most likely just the Flyers just being coy the way so many teams are around playoff time. But the fact that Mason didn’t participate in the full practice today hints that there is an actual injury and not just general soreness or whatever.

Paul Holmgren, fresh off doling out $30 million to defenseman he’s seen play for a month, told reporters: “We’re at a critical point of our season. I don’t feel the need to divulge what his injury is at this point.”

That, plus the fact that Mason isn’t speaking to reporters, makes said reporters snarky:

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Playoffs, baby.

Local-ish actor and comedian Chris Perillo (@ChrisPerillo), who is literally tweeting out this video to everybody, nailed Flyers fans with this. I’m usually worried when I see these sorts of videos, because they are almost always a disaster, but the production quality, jokes and deepening story arc are, for the most part, very good. I lost it when the guy with the Terry Carkner jersey came in sans pants.

Playoffs, baby.

Photo: Flyers

Photo: Flyers

Newly rich Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald explains what it’s like to do business with Flyers Savings and Humongous Loan:

“We kind of hashed it out a couple different ways. Ended up finishing on 6 [years]. I felt like a good, long-term commitment was great for me and they agreed with it.”

Paul Holmgren, always playing hardball. You want four years, Andrew? Don’t think we can do that. How about six?

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It’s OK– I grew up in Delco, I can make these jokes.

Email from reader Matt:

This clown decided to stand up on the bar at McFadden’s last night, right after the back-to-back-to-back home runs, pull his hood on, and propose to his girlfriend.  Then right afterwards orders 6 shots of fireball for him, his [fiancée] and [fiancée]‘s friend.

Now that’s class. Waiting until the quiet moment in the bar, after B.J. Rosenberg fat fat fatties the game away, to pop the big question. Baggy cargo shorts for maximum flexion. The hood… for God knows why. And the shots of Fireball, because that’s the way to kick off the nuptial process. Here’s to avoiding the other 50% of unions.

Commenter Delco Jorts is going to be all over this one.

Photo credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Flyers have signed defenseman Andrew MacDonald to an extension. Dave Isaac reports it is for six years, $30 million.

My God.

MacDonald, who is 27, has played very well since being traded to the Flyers last month(!), and in typical Paul Holmgren fashion, he has been given a massive, potentially crippling, extension based on a very small sample size.

Signing MacDonald to an extension was the right move. Doing it for that much, however… gah.

Kevin Christmann of Broad Street Hockey put together what has to be the best breakdown that exists in the world on MacDonald… and it was just posted an hour ago. An excerpt:

From a defenseman’s perspective, it’s pretty simple. If you breakup the rush before it comes into your zone, that’s ideal. It’s hard to generate a shot or a scoring chance if you can’t get in the offensive zone. If you force your opponent to dump it in deep, they now have to go get it back, which may or may not happen. The worst case scenario is allowing them to carry the puck into the zone where they are free to take a shot.

What Eric found was that MacDonald was the worst on the team in all three areas among the regulars. He was targeted the most at 47.6%, he allowed carry-ins the most often at 78.1%, and he broke up the fewest rushes at 4.7% (Erik Gustafsson had a lower percentage, but in only 31 games).

If we compare that to Braydon Coburn, who was the best in all three categories, it’s quite a difference. Coburn had a target percentage of 21.1%, a carry-against percentage of 62.8%, and a break-up percentage of an impressive 11.7%.

This gets real heavy on advanced hockey analysis, but it’s steeped in actual observation rather than in metrics that mean little to the average fan. Real good read if you want to learn more about MacDonald.

UPDATE: Here is Inquirer Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi’s detailed and nuanced take on the deal. Three full sentences.

UPDATE 2: Puck Daddy on why handing out a massive deal to a guy who blocks shots is a bad idea.

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This ESPN-captured moment will quickly make its way into Philly webternets lore. The trifecta of infamy: there’s a Vine, a slow-mo video set to melodramatic music, and a GIF.

Now we just need someone to instantly gram the heartbreak on Chunk’s face using the Amaro filter. Wait, done:

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Being a Philly sports fan in a nutshell.

GIF via Barstool