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Flyers Acquire Defenseman Justin Braun from San Jose

Russ Joy - June 18, 2019

When news of Erik Karlsson’s 8-year extension with the San Jose Sharks broke yesterday, it became immediately clear that San Jose would need to cut salary with names like Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Joonas Donskoi, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Dylan Gambrell, Joakim Ryan, Gustav Nyquist and Tim Heed needing to be re-signed. Enter Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, who acquired yet another right-handed defenseman in Justin Braun:

Fletcher traded a 2019 second-round pick (41st overall) and a 2020 third-round pick for the defenseman. The Flyers’ acquisition of Braun makes sense on a few levels. Right-handed defensemen are a highly sought after commodity and while he’s by no means an offensive force -he’s only put up 154 points in 607 career games- he’s a defensively sound defenseman:

This marks the third trade of the month for Fletcher, who previously acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen and the exclusive negotiating rights of center Kevin Hayes. The latter has not yet signed a deal with the Flyers, though TSN reported yesterday that Philadelphia had made some headway in their negotiations.

For more Flyers coverage, be sure to check out our Flyers podcast Snow the Goalie ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter:@AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad

Erik Karlsson is Officially Off the Market

Russ Joy - June 17, 2019

At the end of the Flyers’ season, Anthony and I discussed a rumor circulating around the Flyers organization that San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson could be one of -if not the top- choice for the Flyers in free agency. Those hopes were dashed today first with a report by TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

We waited around for a few hours until a bombshell announcement from the team’s Twitter account, which included Karlsson thanking his teammates and expressing his excitement to re-up with San Jose for eight more seasons.

Video and analysis after the jump:

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Flyers Trade Radko Gudas to Capitals for Matt Niskanen

Kevin Kinkead - June 14, 2019

Look at the Flyers thrusting themselves into the news cycle on a Friday morning.

They’re swapping defenseman Radko Gudas for Matt Niskanen, a pair of veterans going opposite directions in the Metropolitan Division.

Niskanen is 32 years old with two more years on his contract at $5.75 million per. Gudas is 29 and had one year remaining on his deal at $3.3 million.

There’s also this to consider, after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: The Voice of the Philadelphia Fan

Russ Joy - June 13, 2019

Kevin and Russ hit on a myriad of topics including:

  • Whether the Blues’ Stanley Cup win should encourage the Flyers
  • The controversy surrounding the USWNT celebrating a 13-0 victory
  • If Malcolm Jenkins is doing the right thing
  • The Carson Wentz extension
  • Inside the Crossing Broad office
  • Sports betting update
  • Angelo Cataldi claiming he speaks for the Philadelphia fanbase
  • The first place Philadelphia Union

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify][Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @Kevin_Kinkead @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

Audio after the jump:
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50 More Hot Takes for the Philadelphia Sports Fan

Kevin Kinkead - June 13, 2019

The first “hot takes” article did well last October, so I figured I’d do another one. This will be 50 more hot takes for the Philadelphia sports fan, which brings us to 100 hot takes over the course of eight months.

Now, not all of these are “hot” or even “takes,” i.e. some are lukewarm and some are just observations or maybe even aphorisms. But since this is 2019, I feel encouraged and motivated to just say shit without really thinking it through, then we’ll get people all riled up and benefit from the fake arguments that ensue. That’s the strategy, right? Just fire off a bunch of outrageous claims and watch site traffic roll.

Right, so with that Pulitzer-worthy lede, here are 50 more hot takes for you and your mom, after the jump:

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If the St. Louis Blues Can Win the Stanley Cup, Surely the Flyers Can Do It

Kevin Kinkead - June 13, 2019

I had two thoughts when the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup last night:

  1. Hey, you know what, good for Craig Berube and Brayden Schenn
  2. It sure would be nice if the Flyers were close to winning the cup

Actually, I lied, there was a third thought. I did take pleasure in watching the Bruins go down 4-1 on home ice in game seven, because another Boston title would have made me (and hopefully you) barf, just a little bit of a vurp, since those spoiled brats have won something like 15 trophies in the last 15 years, or whatever it is.

It is, however, a bit disconcerting when you think about all of the former Flyers who have won the cup after leaving the team, be it trade or free agency. Joe DeCamara put together this list and shared it on Twitter:

Add Flyers draft pick Pat Maroon and Michael Del Zotto to the list. Dan Carcillo even won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks.

And yes, you can probably go through every NHL team and compile a list of players that went on to win the cup elsewhere, which Flyers fans were sure to remind Joe of, after the jump:

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Toronto Sports Fans Now Know What it’s Like to be Philadelphia Sports Fans

Kevin Kinkead - June 11, 2019

Did you hear that SOME Toronto fans cheered Kevin Durant’s injury last night? Raptors players had to tell those fans  to knock it off, because it was out of line and uncalled for.

Those fans are, indeed assholes. However, only SOME are assholes, because we wouldn’t want to let the actions of the few define the many, resulting in stereotypes being placed on an entire metropolitan area of millions of people. Let’s take a step back and use some common sense and nuance here:

As a general rule, we should skip Twitter every day.

But please join me in welcoming Toronto Raptors fans to the world of Philly sports and the battle we’ve been fighting since the dawn of creation – this corny idea that a few dumbasses represent our entire region.

For example:

  • SOME Eagles fans cheered Michael Irvin’s injury (but not all)
  • SOME idiots booed the selection of Donovan McNabb at the 1999 NFL draft (but not all)
  • SOME people threw snowballs at Santa Claus (like half a century ago)
  • SOME fans got into fights in the Veterans Stadium nosebleed section (but not all)
  • SOME people clobber each other in the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot (but not all)

The national media will tell you that these things ONLY happen in Philadelphia, despite the hundreds of examples of conflict taking place other cities as well. Just last week, Bruins fans hammered each other in the Boston Garden upper levels during the game five loss.

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Chuck Fletcher Says Kevin Hayes has been “Open-Minded” in Preliminary Talks

Kevin Kinkead - June 10, 2019

Let’s get it back to the Flyers.

Today GM Chuck Fletcher and assistant GM Brent Flahr discussed a variety of topics with the media, including the status of talks with free agent Kevin Hayes, whose rights were acquired by the Flyers last week in exchange for a 5th round pick.

Here’s what Fletcher had to say about Hayes, when asked where things currently stand:

“Nothing to announce at this point. We’ve had some good, I guess you’d call them preliminary, conversations with Kevin and his representation and this week I expect to follow up with Kevin and his camp and we’ll see where it goes. I don’t know how to characterize it other than we’ve had good conversations and we’re hopeful we can find a way to make something work.”

Follow-up question:

Does Fletcher have a “vibe” on Hayes’ current mindset? After the jump:

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