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Flyers Should Still Sell At Deadline Despite Their Recent Hot Play

Anthony SanFilippo - February 13, 2019

So, you’re on board with the Flyers getting back in this playoff race, eh?

I understand why. The team is 11-2-1 in their last 14 games. They shrugged off a pivotal home loss to Pittsburgh and a terrible first period the next night in Minnesota to come back and beat the Wild.

They are once again just six points behind Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with just 25 games to go. Pretty remarkable since a month ago they were the worst team in hockey.

But the odds of making the playoffs remain long.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself:

Odds of the Flyers making the playoffs as of 2/13/19 

  • HockeyReference.com – 3.4%
  • SportsClubStats.com – 1.5%
  • The Athletic – 9.0%
  • PlayoffStatus.com – 8.0%
  • MoneyPuck.com – 5.1%

So, unless your name is Lloyd Christmas, your focus should be on the 2019-2020 season already.

The reason being, it’s really hard to expect the Flyers to maintain the level of the Tampa Bay Lightning (they’d have to finish the season roughly 14-7-4 in those last 25 games, making it 25-9-5 over the final 39 games of the season) AND have three of four teams falter to the tune of .500 records or worse the rest of the way (Columbus, Pittsburgh, Carolina and/or Buffalo).

It’s really asking a lot. That’s why their odds are so long no matter where you look.

So, with the trade deadline now less than two weeks away, General Manager Chuck Fletcher needs to concentrate on next season.

This Flyers team is close. You are seeing what kind of a difference a consistent goaltender can make. You are seeing what kind of a difference good team defense can make. Fletcher doesn’t need to tear it down, he just needs to fine-tune it.

Which is why he wasn’t lying when he said the Flyers will be both buyers and sellers at the trade deadline.

Fletcher could move players on expiring contracts. He could move players that may have term left but could bring valuable return. And he could put the Flyers in a great position heading into the draft and free agency with extra picks, a stocked cupboard of prospects and plenty of cap room.

So, who could go? I’ve been sniffing around as best I can and I’m hearing some things that are interesting some things that are not a surprise and am being left to speculate in other areas. So let’s tackle this after the jump:

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The Associated Press is Expanding its Use of Artificial Intelligence

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2019

At some point in the not-so-distant future, all of us will be replaced by robots.

Some already have, like camera operators and master control technicians who work in television news. Now the cameras are controlled via joystick and everything else is automated, so why would you pay a human being a fair wage to do the job when you can just use machines instead? It’s like “Skynet” from the Terminator movies, only without the nuclear holocaust.

In 2019 we’re taking it a step further. We’re looking at automated WRITING, which seems crazy to me, but apparently the Associated Press is taking a dip in that pool, according to Sport Techie:

The Associated Press is automating all previews for NCAA Division I men’s basketball games following successful tests of the technology for MLB-affiliated minor league baseball games.

The news platform is deploying natural language generation from Automated Insights to automatically turn data from STATS into narratives, eventually without human input. While the AP has typically provided previews for all NCAA Tournament games, this marks the first time it will offer previews for over 5,000 regular-season games. Automated stories previewing the matchups will begin appearing on the wire the week of Feb. 11.

“We’re pleased to deliver significantly more content of value to our customers,” said Barry Bedlan, AP’s director of sports products. “Given the large number of college games played each season, using automation as a tool to more thoroughly cover this sport makes sense.”

The AP has been experimenting with artificial intelligence for its news coverage since 2012. In 2016, it deployed Automated Insights’ technology to expand its coverage of Minor League Baseball via automated recap stories on games not previously covered by the news organization using MLBAM data.

If the automation is for “expanded coverage” and human beings are actually still employable and/or necessary, then I guess this makes a lot of sense.

But let’s not beat around the bush. You know as well as I do that this is a slippery slope, and eventually the mechanical scribes will develop a mind of their own and break free of their bonds. There will be no override code. They will be out of control and they will begin writing their own previews and recaps of Eagles and Sixers games.

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Snow The Goalie: An Unexpected Turnaround

JoyOnBroad - February 13, 2019

Anthony and Russ reflect on the play of Carter Hart and Anthony Stolarz, a potential deal for Brian Elliott and Wayne Simmonds, the team’s chances to make the postseason, the Flyers’ chances of contending in 2019-20, Jake Voracek’s play and contract, the concerning play of JVR and Ghost, plus “Who’s That Flyer?” and five new 5 star reviews.

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Wells Fargo Center To Get Massive New Kinetic 4K Scoreboard Next Season

BWanksCB - February 11, 2019

The Wells Fargo Center is getting a LARGE upgrade that is expected to be completed by the fall.

Comcast Spectacor announced this morning a partnership with ANC that will bring the 22-year-old building “the world’s first kinetic 4K center-hung scoreboard” in time for the 2019-2020 season.

According to Comcast Spectacor’s press release announcing the news, the anticipated 6,660 square foot 4mm LED screen means “65% more LED screen real estate than the Wells Fargo Center’s current center-hung model and features an unprecedented ability to transform and be configured in a variety of formats to best highlight the action below.”

That’s tech-speak for “this screen fucks.”

More from the release:

The new in-arena entertainment system is a headliner within the next phase of the Wells Fargo Center ‘s multi-year “Transformation 2020” initiative, a $250 million multi-year transformation of the arena that began in 2017. The next chapter of the advancements embody the largest investment in the arena to date and will provide significant upgrades to multiple levels of the venue. Details will be announced over the coming weeks.

Behold its majestic grandeur for yourself:

Flyers Trade Dale Weise to Montreal, Recall Philippe Myers

Coggin Toboggan - February 9, 2019

The Flyers announced earlier this morning that the franchise acquired defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Dale Weise and defenseman Christian Folin:

In 42 games this season, Weise scored five goals, tallied six assists, and had a -6 +/- on the year. Folin appeared in 26 games this season and only notched two points on the year.

According to the Flyers, Schlemko appeared in 18 games for the Canadiens this year and recorded 2 assists.

Froese currently serves as the captain of the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate where he has 30 points in 46 games. He leads the team with 14 goals. Last season, Froese appeared in 48 games for the Canadiens and scored three goals and eight assists.

The Flyers didn’t stop there. They also recalled defenseman Philippe Myers from Lehigh Valley:

My hockey knowledge stops at the PS1 classic NHL Faceoff 98 (the Coyotes were an absolute juggernaut in that game, Keith Tkachuk was unstoppable), so I’ll let the excellent Flyers guys on this site, Russ and Ant, give their opinions on the deal later.

Gritty, Being Borderline Inappropriate

Kevin Kinkead - February 8, 2019

Apparently this video was deleted off the NHL Twitter feed.

It shows Gritty interrupting the LA Kings broadcasters last night by blasting them with silly string, but he’s doing it in a… somewhat sexual way:

Gritty does a bit of twerking at the end of the video clip, for good measure.

I did some sleuthing, a bit of investigative journalism, if you will. And by “investigative journalism” I mean scrolling through Twitter.

Another guy saved this video clip, which features a timestamp of 10:45 this Friday morning:

Sure enough, nothing on the NHL Twitter feed featuring that video, so it looks like it was deleted. I thought they might have caught on to the suggestive nature of the clip and erased all traces of it, however, it’s still posted to the NHL Facebook page and exists on the NHL’s official website as well.

Full writeup on the NHL site, after the jump:

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There’s Going to Be a New Office Building at the Sports Complex

Kevin Kinkead - February 7, 2019

Press release just hit the inbox.

There’s going to be a big ass office tower built at the Sports Complex.

Here’s the info, cut and pasted specifically for that one idiot in the comments section:

Comcast Spectacor and The Cordish Companies announced new details today for Pattison Place, an $80 million, new construction Class-A office tower in the heart of the Philadelphia Sports Complex. Adjacent to Xfinity Live!, Pattison Place will offer an incredible office location amid the home venues of Philadelphia’s beloved professional sports teams, and stands in close proximity to The Navy Yard.

Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle and Philadelphia-based BLT Architects, Pattison Place will boast 200,000 square feet of new construction, Class-A office space featuring a grand 4,000 square foot lobby with expansive 35-foot ceiling heights, including 20,000 square feet of premier ground-floor retail. With 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, Pattison Place will offer one-of­a-kind panoramic skyline views of downtown Philadelphia, the surrounding Sports Complex and neighboring Navy Yard.

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Pattison Place will be within walking distance to SEPTA, close proximity to interstates I- 95, I-76 and I-476, and minutes away from both Center City and the Philadelphia International Airport. The tower will feature unparalleled, first class amenities including exterior signage, roof decks, fitness facilities, and on-site parking.

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Details for Pattison Place arrive at an exciting time as the Wells Fargo Center is in the midst of an extensive, $250 million multi-year transformation. The office tower adds $80 million of new development, complementing the world-class arena and creating a vibrant new construction, Class-A office presence in the heart of Philadelphia’s Sports Complex. In addition, Pattison Place will create 1,670 new jobs and generate $295 million in economic benefits to the City and State over a 30-year period.

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Pattison Place is the first of several announcements for the expansion of Xfinity Live!. Since opening in 2012 in partnership between Comcast Spectacor and The Cordish Companies, Xfinity Live! has been the prominent dining, entertainment and hospitality anchor for the region, dramatically changing the fan experience for Flyers, Eagles, Phillies and 76ers fans, as well as out of town guests. Welcoming millions of visitors a year, Xfinity Live! has energized South Philadelphia and the surrounding sports complex via year-round events and experiences including concerts, festivals, family fun days, community functions, charity events, and watch parties.

More photos and a video walk through, after the jump:

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Mike Missanelli Explains Why Nobody Talks About the Flyers

Kevin Kinkead - February 7, 2019

I totally missed this on Tuesday, but Flyers fans didn’t seem happy with Mike Missanelli. I saw some Twitter arguments and some scraps and scuffles here and there, but was not initially aware of the source.

They weren’t happy with Mike because he began his show by basically dismissing the Flyers’ eight-game winning streak before going on to explain why your team, your town, your Orange and Black aren’t worth talking about on 97.5 the Fanatic.

Mike opened Tuesday’s show with a primer, and said this, in part: 

“Flyers fans do not understand why they are always put at the bottom of the pecking order, and they have a legitimate question. And only the people in this business can answer the question. And we’re going to try to answer that question today. The Flyers have won eight in a row and the kid saved 40 shots (Monday) night, right? 41. They beat the Canucks. I watched a lot of the game and the kid stood tall. Now, here’s the thing we are told in radio – play the hits. Right? We’re told to play the hits. People who play music, they have to play the songs that their audience likes most, because if they’re not playing those songs, they’ll switch the station. It’s the same thing with sports talk subjects. We have to try to figure out what is most interesting to the majority of the fan base to talk about…”

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Here’s my theory; there are more natural basketball fans in this city than there are hockey fans, which leaves hockey, unfortunately, at the bottom of the pecking order, and when you’re talking about playing the hits, you gotta play the ones atop the pecking order. The Eagles are always atop the pecking order. We’ll talk about the Eagles today, the Wentz/Foles situation and how he answered this Philly Voice report. Then you go to the Sixers, the Sixers have taken over the #2 slot because they’re a good team, and that makes them talkable. The process was talkable in that they were pursuing these better players to build a foundation and get better. And so Flyers fans do have a legitimate beef… the fact of the matter is that there are just more basketball fans here than there are hockey fans.

Some thoughts, in no real order, after the jump:

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