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Claude Giroux No Longer the Flyers’ Number One Center… for a Day, Anyway

Anthony SanFilippo - September 19, 2017

VOORHEES, N.J. – Sean Couturier has been teammates with Claude Giroux for six years. And other than the odd shift here and there, the two have never played together on the same line with any regularity.

Until now. Maybe.

For one day at least, Giroux was shifted from the center spot he has played exclusively for almost his entire professional career, to the left wing, with Couturier in the middle and Jake Voracek on the right wing.

It was one practice. In training camp. And as Giroux said afterward, “I don’t want to talk too much about it because I may not see one shift on left wing.”

Got it. Don’t read too much into it. Except, it’s an interesting notion.

First of all, for all you analytics geeks, that combination would be a puck possession monster. Couturier was superb last season. Voracek’s possession numbers were down a little bit last year, but were still decent – and normally he’s excellent. And Giroux is always above average.

So yeah, that’s good stuff.

Secondly, the real intriguing concept of this combination is putting both Giroux and Voracek on their off-hand wing.

“So, you always like to play on your off wing because you can see so much more of the ice,” Voracek told me. “When you have two guys who are doing that, and one of them is a guy like G who has elite vision, it can be really tough to defend.”

Defensemen would be on a swivel as there would be additional passing lanes created by two off-handed wingers.

Thirdly, last season, one of the disappointing aspects of the top line was that it wasn’t very good defensively. And no matter how good your possession numbers are (and they were down across the board last season) you still have to play defense 45-50 percent of the time. Putting Couturier on that top line would immediately change that for the better.

So there are a lot of positives here.

But, it is definitely something that could have a ripple effect down the line. Would moving Couturier change the defensive strength down the lineup? Is he a productive enough player offensively to merit top-line minutes? Does moving Giroux to the wing impact his production? Continue Reading

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Craig Carton Is Going To Jail (Probably)

Kyle Scott - September 6, 2017

WFAN morning show host Craig Carton, formerly of WIP, was arrested this morning. From NBC New York:

Craig Carton, co-host of WFAN’s morning sports talk show “Boomer & Carton,” has been arrested on investment fraud-related counts in connection with an alleged fake ticket scam.

The FBI arrested Carton, 48, at his home in Manhattan early Wednesday, the sources said. He was allegedly involved in an investment scam through which he and another man claimed to be running a discount ticket broker business that never existed, according to the sources.

Carton makes a healthy living. Salary estimates through a quick Google search indicate that he makes $250k per year (I bet it’s much more than that) and is worth $2 million. An investment scheme reported to have netted him more than $2 million would explain that huge delta between salary and worth. [UPDATEThe Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel estimates that Carton makes at least $2 million per year.]

There aren’t many other details to the story yet, but I’m guessing this was a fairly well-organized scheme if the FBI showed up at his door and arrested him. They don’t do that without significant evidence.

You may recall that Carton got WIP sued in 1997 when he reported that Eric Lindros missed a Flyers-Penguins game due to a hangover:

Eric Lindros finally got the apology he asked for a year ago from talk radio station WIP, 610-AM.

Craig Carton, a former personality on the entertainment talk radio station filed a report in February of 1997 that Lindros missed a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins because he was nursing a hangover.

Infinity Broadcasting Corporation of Philadelphia, owners of the station, as part of the settlement, will make a contribution to Children’s Miracle Network, for which Lindros is a spokesman.

“In a broadcast on February 28, 1997, a former WIP personality stated that Philadelphia Flyers captain Eric Lindros was unable to play a Feb. 15, 1997 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins,” the letter of apology begins. “Although Eric suffered from an injured back sustained against Ottawa on Feb. 13, 1997, it was stated that he did not play because he was `hung over` from an excess alcohol consumption the prior evening. WIP’s personality also stated that the Flyers organization reported that Eric was injured to cover up his inability to play.

“After an investigation into the facts underlying its Feb. 28 broadcast, WIP executive management has concluded that the sole reason Eric did not play on Feb.15 was because of his injured back and not for any other reason. The entire management of WIP regrets this unfortunate incident and wished to apologize to Eric Lindros, the Flyers and their fans for the broadcast.”

Both Lindros and his father/agent Carl were happy with the settlement.

Now he’s going to jail. Probably.

The Flyers’ Broadcast Schedule Is Out

Kyle Scott - September 5, 2017

Every single game is on an NBC-owned network. The full thing is after the jump. Continue Reading

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Flyers’ Retirement of #88 Should Be the Last One for a Long Time

Philip Keidel - September 1, 2017

Without question, Eric Lindros’ career as a Philadelphia Flyer merits the retirement of his #88, which will happen this season. Even if he hadn’t been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Lindros’ contributions to the Flyers were numerous and significant. Hopefully it will be the last bit of “healing” between Lindros and the club; that narrative stopped being interesting years ago. Lindros’ jersey retirement promises to be a special event.

It also ought to be the last such ceremony until the Flyers win another Stanley Cup.

After three no-brainers (#1 Bernie Parent, # 7 Bill Barber and #16 Bobby Clarke) and one largely sentimental choice (#4 Barry Ashbee), in 2012 the Flyers retired Mark Howe’s #2. Was Howe a great Flyer? Sure. He also spent six seasons in the WHA and three seasons in Hartford before coming to Philadelphia, and he finished his career in Detroit.

Like Lindros, Howe had once-in-a-generation skills and was remarkable to watch in person. And also like Lindros, Howe came close to leading the Flyers to their third Cup. Close. Never did, though.

Howe and Lindros pass the eye test. Their numbers belong in the rafters. But when the franchise goes decades without winning a championship, they could be tempted to start reaching, just a little at first.

It’s a slippery slope. This is the franchise that in recent seasons brought you Danny Briere Retirement Night and subjected its fans to a video tribute to Kimmo Timonen’s 1000th NHL game. Timonen played eight seasons in Nashville before becoming a Flyer. Continue Reading

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The Flyers Are Retiring Eric Lindros’ 88

Kyle Scott - August 28, 2017

NOW WE SKATE WITH 88.

From the Flyers:

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they will retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88 jersey in a pre-game ceremony at the Wells Fargo Center on January 18, 2018, ahead of the club’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lindros, who was one of the greatest offensive threats in team history over his 486-game Flyers career, will become the sixth Flyers player so honored. He joins Bernie Parent, Mark Howe, Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber, and Bobby Clarke in the Wells Fargo Center rafters.

“Eric has made an incredible and lasting impact on the Flyers organization, our fans, and the game of hockey as a whole,” said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. “We could not be more proud to raise his number 88 to the rafters. We look forward to what is anticipated to be a historic night for the Flyers.”

“I am deeply humbled and honored that the Flyers are going to retire my jersey,” said Lindros. “I am so thankful to the entire organization for this incredible recognition. I look forward to sharing this moment with my family, friends, teammates, and of course Flyers fans, who mean so much to me.”

I can not imagine a more fitting player to have his number retired by any team. The number 88 has become synonymous with Lindros in Philly. No other player could wear it without eliciting thoughts of the Big E. The man who changed the game, and hockey for millennials in Philly, deserves to have his number retired. Good stuff.

Lindros will be on 97.5 today at 2:30.

Uh Oh, Jeremy Roenick and John LeClair Are In For It

Kyle Scott - August 14, 2017

Jeremy Roenick and John LeClair have bravely waded into the fray of the Marshawn Lynch debate. Let’s check and see how the comments are going?

Going well.

The Flyers Will Be All Over National TV Next Season

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2017

The big giant and colorful peacock housed by the overlords at Comcast do love them some Flyers. After all, they own the team.

From the Flyers’ website:

The National Hockey League and NBC today released the national television schedule for the 2017-18 NHL season. The Flyers are scheduled to play in front of a national audience 16 times this season, including four weekend games on NBC.

Four of the 16 games will be exclusively televised on NBCSN as its Wednesday Night Rivalry, which returns for a fifth season and will feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 23 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Sarah Baicker Throws Some Shade at CSN

Kyle Scott - July 21, 2017

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

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