Good seats. Wonder if he knows what icing is.
The Flyers start tonight – as some commenters, who apparently would like me to write a post about the LUKE SCHENN CONTROVERSY*, have pointed out – and that means Tim Panaccio has to work, or at least pretend to, for the next
nine six months.
The CSN hockey staff put together their 10 predictions for the season, and where Tom Dougherty and Tim Riday offered up well-thought-out opinions and analysis, Tim Panaccio was sure not to break the character limit in the text message through which he likely sent in his answers.
So as to not copy and paste the entire article, here’s an example of the effort disconnect in the piece:
7. Which Flyers prospects do you expect to see in action for the big club this season?
Panotch: Taylor Leier and Shayne Gostisbehere.
Dougherty: The hot pick is going to be Gostisbehere, but I think Robert Hagg is a little further along in his development and had a solid camp. General manager Ron Hextall had some high praise for him, and I think it’ll be better suited for Gostisbehere to play more games down in the AHL with Sam Morin. I see Hagg being the first defenseman coming up. Injuries will happen, so I could see Nick Cousins coming back up. And as Panotch said, I wouldn’t be shocked to to see Leier making his NHL debut this year.
Riday: I’m with Tom. Gostisbehere played only seven games between the Phantoms and Flyers last season, so I’d like to see him get as much time in the minors on the top pair as possible. But I can see him blowing away the Flyers’ brass and earning a call-up sometime in December. Wouldn’t be surprised if winger Danick Martel, whose speed and tenacity really stood out at rookie camp, get a look if injuries begin to pile up on offense, either. Cousins and Leier would likely get the first look, though.
8. Which Flyer is most likely to be traded by the deadline?
Dougherty: I’m going to go with Luke Schenn. He’s not as bad as people make him out to be and he’s in his final year of his contract at an affordable cap hit. In the right situation, he can be an effective D-man. That situation is a team with a formidable top-four, where he can play in the final pair. He’ll get moved at the deadline. Teams need defense, and he can help someone.
Riday: I can see a team selling high on Streit at the trade deadline. He’s still an extremely valuable defenseman on the PP, can skate with the puck, has tremendous vision and comes with a very manageable $5.25 million cap hit for the next two seasons. He’d be a great addition to a contender looking to make a deep playoff run. Braydon Coburn was worth a first-rounder last year. If Hextall can swing a similar trade involving Streit, expect him to jump on the opportunity to bring more assets to the organization.
Read. He couldn’t even bother typing the first name.
But if you’re a visual learner and prefer to view your laziness in color-coded form– Panotch is in red:
Almost ran out of steam at the end.
words per response 1. 10 2. 11 3. 4 4. 3 5. 2 6. 13, but only one word with more than 4 letters 7. 5 8. 1 9. 1 10. 4 https://t.co/D28BncisGp
— Chris Olley (@ChrisOlley2pt0) October 8, 2015
*No one cares about the battle for the sixth defenseman spot. No one. The fact that Philly Sports Talk, John Boruk and his (only-)two patterns spent, like, 10 minutes on this last night blows my mind. And for real– why the fuck do we send John Boruk to broadcast outside the team hotel in Tampa? Really, what purpose does this serve? This trip had to lose money for CSN.
The day after Todd Fedoruk spoke of local cops taking care of partying Flyers, there’s Mike Richards news.
Richards and the Kings may be nearing a settlement in what would’ve become a long and drawn out legal process following the Kings’ decision to cut Richards for a breach of contract after he was found with painkillers at the Canadian border. [This really does sound like one of my satire pieces from when Richie and Carts went to see Becks but Becks wasn’t there.]
No one – not the Los Angeles Kings or Mike Richards and his representatives want to even acknowledge it due to the sensitivity of the subject matter – but there continues to be intense efforts to reach a negotiated settlement over their differences.
It sounds like talks are far enough along that it could possibly get wrapped up today, but that is by no means guaranteed.
A negotiated settlement makes sense for both parties. If it goes to arbitration, the arbitrator would rule in favor of one party or the other. So the Kings would either be free and clear of Richards’ contract or they would be fully on the hook for the balance of the deal. Likewise, Richards would end up with either nothing or everything he’s owed. So there’s considerable risk for both sides in an arbitration.
If a settlement is reached, there’s no word yet on what salary cap penalties the Kings would still face. There’s bound to be something, but not likely as onerous as the full value of Richards’ contract, which carries with it a cap hit of $5.75 million. If there’s a settlement, Richards would undoubtedly become a free agent though there’s no telling at this point what monies he would be entitled to from the Kings in a settlement.
Epic flame out from Richards. Truly historic. From Captain to Gold Medal winner to Cup champ to narco fighting for shards of his big-time contract. Sniffle.
The Flyers are apparently playing hockey games already. Preseason ones. You may or may not have known this. Anyway, it’s September hockey, quite possible the least exciting and most meaningless version of professional sport that there is.
Randy Miller is drawing sweeping conclusions.
In what borders on a Buzzfeed parody, former AFL China sideline reporter Randy Miller, now with NJ.com, wrote a real, actual column with the headline: Is Flyers’ preseason choke to Rangers a bad omen? Here are 5 reasons to worry:
There usually a lot of celebs at Madison Square Garden for Rangers games, and it would have been fitting if Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell had been in the crowd for Monday night’s exhibition.
After all, it was Groundhog Day for the Flyers.
If that wasn’t hacky enough, it gets worse when you consider that the Flyers had just won three-straight (Streit?) games, one of which was against the Rangers.
2. Mason again showed that he can be as good as just about any goalie in the league … while again showing breakaways are his Achilles. He was terrible last season in shootouts and burned Monday by Keith Yandle on an overtime penalty shot. Mason was beat high blocker side, a spot he’s been burned a lot in the past.
Miller, who likes to hear himself write (I imagine it sounds like damp Cheetos being sifted through worn belt notches), ticked of reasons to WORRY such as the Flyers’ poor defensive play, Steve Mason – who played brilliantly, stopping 41 of 44 shots – getting beat on a penalty shot in overtime, Vinny Lecavalier, and – my favorite – how Sean Couturier’s and Michael Raffl’s reportedly very minor injuries could get worse because “minor issues can turn into something more.”
4. Two of the Flyers’ top-6 forwards are banged up, as second-line center Sean Couturier is sidelined with an upper-body injury and top-line left wing Michael Raffl left Monday’s game with an upper-body injury. It’s believed these injuries aren’t serious, but minor issues can turn into something more. Couturier, officially listed day-to-day, has sat out two games in a row. It’s believed Raffl was injured during the second period Monday when he was checked hard into the corner boards by Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
Miller is everything that is wrong with sports writing.
Romo no surgery
According to Pro Football Talk, Tony Romo will not have surgery on his fractured clavicle, and he’ll miss around 8 weeks. With the Cowboys having a bye week during that stretch, Romo is set to return with six or seven games left in the season.
With their QB and star wide receiver now out for a majority of the season, the Cowboys’ odds to win the division certainly haven’t increased. And with the Giants and Redskins basically existing, the Eagles, incredibly, remain favorites [editor’s note: Vegas always knows]:
All eyes were on the offensive line yesterday, and they earned the glare. Lane Johnson knows why:
“It felt like everything was going wrong. When it rains it pours. I felt like we had a great week of practice. Just got out there and pissed on our leg — I don’t know what to tell you.”
The Eagles offensive line has been a highly-hyped mess through two games. It’s been quite the opposite in our national’s capital. The Washington Post has already issued an apology of sorts, noting that though they mocked the o-line in the preseason, the unit has actually played quite well so far. Here are some of their accomplishments, as pointed out by the Post:
“Helped Washington rack up consecutive 150-yard rushing games to open a season for just the third time since 1950.
Helped Washington hold the ball for at least 37 minutes in consecutive games for the first time since 1992 — which is generally considered the last season of the Hogs.
Allowed a total of three sacks in the team’s first two games. Against two of the NFL’s most imposing defensive lines. While starting a rookie and a barely-used second-year player.”
Taking it off of the gridiron, Steve Mason’s new mask turns Flyers legends and teammates into
The Eagles The Walking Dead.
Hey, it’s almost hockey season.
There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. I just assumed that Car Bomb would either get kicked out of the league or announce his retirement through an Instagram video of himself riding on a jet ski with two tiny-bikini-ed blondes and the caption “I’m on a boat, m*therfucker.”
Carcillo, who inexplicably attendant two Stanley Cup parades on moving vehicles, said the death of friend Steve Montador, who, like Carcillo, also suffered from substance and alcohol abuse problems, deeply affected him and will steer him going forward.
Here’s what Car Bomb ticked off on The Players Tribune— one of the best sports websites on the planet:
In April, when I decided to sit down and talk about how Monty and many other players have struggled to transition to life outside of hockey, I was nervous about how it would be received. The unspoken sentiment is that you don’t talk about this kind of stuff in the hockey world. It can be seen as a “distraction.” When I reached out to my teammates on the Blackhawks to tell them what I was doing, I was really surprised by the reaction. They couldn’t have been more supportive. After the video came out, I had a number of current and former NHL players reach out to me to say that they’re struggling with the same issues.
Today, I’m retiring from the National Hockey League. My immediate goal is to help athletes transition to the next phase of their life — whether it’s continuing education, finding internships with companies, or networking with other athletes who are dealing with the same issues. My mission is to help guys who are dealing with anxiety, depression, and uncertainty about their future. Not down the line, not next week, but right now.
Here’s the earlier video to which he was referring:
After 14 years in the NHL – 11 of those with the Flyers – Simon Gagne has officially decided to call it a career. “Today, I want to thank my trainers and teammates,” Gagne said in a retirement press release. “You inspired me to surpass myself … I also wish to thank my fans. Every evening, you energized me and inspired me to perform.”
He tallied 535 of his 601 career points in orange and black, and ends his career in the top-ten in Flyers history in games played (10th), goals (9th), points (10th), and game-winning goals (6th), among others.
Some career highlights, after the jump. Continue Reading
Flyers press release:
Former Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere, whose six seasons with the club included some of the most prolific playoff performances in franchise history, announced his retirement as a player on Monday after a 17-year professional career that included 973 NHL games.
“After taking a few weeks to think about it, it’s time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family,” Briere said. “I’ve been very, very fortunate to have a chance to play with some great organizations, but at this point the family becomes a priority. The Flyers are where I played the bulk of my career. I’ve had a great time in Philadelphia and have been very, very fortunate to have the chance to play here. I would like to thank Mr. Snider, Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko along with the coaches, staff, the fans and all my teammates. It’s been a great ride in an area that I still call home.”
Not sure I can recall a time where a retiring non-hall of famer got the immediate press release (and conference!) treatment from his former team. Danny’s got Flyers employee written all over him.
Which position does he get?
A) Broadcaster (closest comparison: Keith Jones)
B) Ambassador (Todd Fedoruk)
C) Postgame Live (Brian Boucher)
D) Assistant coach (Ian Laperriere)
E) Front office or scout (like so many before him)
F) Flyer emeritus (Chris Pronger)
I go E.
Side note: I’m not making fun of Briere– love Danny B. I’m making fun of the Flyers for their predictability.