Posts for Flyers Category

Your Newest Flyers Goaltender

Kevin Kinkead - January 4, 2019

Could be wrong, but I believe this is the 500th goaltender they’ve brought in since 1997:

He’s 35 years old and played for 13 different teams.

Apparently “Neuvy” didn’t practice today.

Stunner!

Let’s Improve Ourselves in 2019, Philadelphia

Coggin Toboggan - January 4, 2019

Ahhh it’s a New Year in Philadelphia. The sky is brighter. The people are friendlier. The puke stench from New Year’s Eve is finally dissipating from the 8th and Market PATCO stop, but the urine funk is still holding strong. It’s 2019. It’s a new year with new horizons and new opportunities to better ourselves and our city.

This is the year, Philadelphia. Can you feel it? This is the year we pull ourselves up from this stink hole and really make a difference. I’m not saying this city isn’t already great, or its denizens pitch perfect, but we can all stand to improve and better our lives for the benefit of us and the loved ones we hold so dear.

Even the best of us can improve. Take the venerable John Middleton, for instance. Maybe this year he can resolve to stop saying stupid shit before the opening of free agency that gets everyone’s hopes up for the signing of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, while it becomes increasingly obvious that neither of them want to play here. Maybe don’t show your hand before the chips are pushed into the pot, John? And hell, maybe have the doors ready and open to Citizens Bank Park when your #1 target actually deems you worthy of a visit and not leave him and his pissed off wife outside in the cold to be accosted by South Philly electricians, right? What do I know, I’m just spit balling here.

Or hey, even Carson Wentz should have a resolution. He has room for improvement, right? Maybe in 2019 he can resolve to stop getting hurt and force us into this never ending quagmire of a discussion on whether he or Nick Foles is the future of the Eagles franchise. I’ve fucking had it. Carson, either get healthy and take this city by the balls or stay hurt and let Foles and his massive genitalia lead us to the promised land. Mother of God.

But it’s time to look at ourselves in this city, starting first at this site. What can we do better, as people and as fans? What are our resolutions for a better 2019 at Crossing Broad?

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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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Your Complete NFL Championship Weekend Betting Guide

Another weekend is here and with it comes two fantastic NFL championship games featuring rematches of memorable regular season shootouts. The action is also in full effect across the NBA, NHL, and college basketball. With Super Bowl Sunday looming just two short weeks away, start building your bankroll now by getting in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action. Enjoy all of the different great games on tap across multiple sports this weekend and take

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Your Complete Patriots and Chiefs AFC Championship Game Betting Preview

New England and Kansas City will meet at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line in a rematch of the Patriots’ wild 43-40 win over the Chiefs back in October. The Patriots are showing up for their yearly reservation in the AFC Championship Game, appearing for the 13th time since the 2001 season and the eighth year in a row. They will face a Chiefs squad that

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Snow The Goalie: Core Four and Several Years Later… and Still Nothing

JoyOnBroad - January 3, 2019

Anthony and Russ reflect on the end of 2018 and turn the page to 2019. They discuss the team’s four game losing streak (6:40), if Chuck Fletcher can salvage this season with trades (9:20), the need to dismantle the core of the team (13:00), whether the Flyers should entertain offers for Ivan Provorov (20:00), how underrated Claude Giroux is locally (23:00), the case for a race to the bottom (25:00), the case for a turnaround this season (30:00). The guys finish with iTunes reviews.

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Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row! The show streams on Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page and Periscope via Anthony’s Twitter account.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Crossing Broadcast: Gearing Up for the Bears, Waiting on Free Agents, The Bottom Dropping Out

JoyOnBroad - January 3, 2019

Bob, Anthony, and Russ address the media-driven narrative around Nick Foles and Carson Wentz, potential playoff scenarios, and when Carson Wentz could be cleared to play. They then react to the delay on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper signings (22:00), Scott Boras’ impact on free agency (44:00) and whether or not Gabe Kapler and Matt Klentak are causing players to question signing with the Phillies (52:00). The guys finish up with a short-term and long-term view on what’s happened with the Flyers to this point and what they could possibly do to get better (55:00). Also, some sports betting tips for this Sunday’s Eagles v. Bears game (1:09:00).

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @JoyOnBroad @AntSanPhilly @BWCrossingBroad

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, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

For more Flyers content, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row! The show streams on Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page and Periscope via Anthony’s Twitter account.

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This Break Up Shouldn’t Be Hard to Do – Thoughts After Another Bad Flyers Road Trip

Anthony SanFilippo - January 2, 2019

This quote hasn’t aged well:

“The bottom line is we thought we needed to make more progress. For me, it boiled down to one question: did I think we could do better as a team now, not two years form now, but now, and the answer to that question was yes.”

That was Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Dave Scott at the November 27th press conference when the Flyers fired General Manager Ron Hextall. The team was 10-11-2 at the time of Hextall’s firing.

Here we are, 36 days later. The team replaced Hextall with Chuck Fletcher, also fired head coach Dave Hakstol and replaced him on an interim basis with Lehigh Valley Phantoms coach Scott Gordon, and has made one roster move of note – calling up 20-year-old wunderkind goalie Carter Hart to jump start his NHL career.

In those 36 days, the Flyers have gone 5-8-3, including a 4-0 loss on New Year’s Day in Nashville, the fourth straight loss (0-3-1) for the Flyers on a mostly disappointing road trip.

They now sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division, 13 points behind the third place Pittsburgh Penguins and 12 points behind Montreal for a final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

They are only one point ahead of Ottawa and St. Louis for the worst record in hockey. Their minus-29 goal differential is tied with Los Angeles for the third-worst in hockey behind only Ottawa and Chicago.

Special teams is minus 20 in goals for the season. That’s dreadful. The penalty kill, although it has been solid since Black Friday, killing at an 85.6% clip in the last 18 games, still ranks 28th in the league at 75.2% for the season. The power play is embarrassingly bad, ranking dead last in the league at 12.4%.

I gave you all that data to say this:

This team is nowhere close to being a better team now than two years from now. None.

A change in management didn’t help. A change in coaches didn’t help. What is painfully obvious, and has been for months with this team, is this group, as currently constructed, is not a good fit and is a bad hockey team.

That’s not to say there isn’t talent here, because there is, but they really don’t supplement each other well. There are pieces that don’t fit. There are players not living up to expectations, and the realization has finally set in that this team is still further away from being a contender than it thought.

The process of being the new Flyers GM has been eye-opening for Fletcher in his five weeks on the job. He has had an opportunity to evaluate what he has, what he needs, and has begun formulating a plan on how to get there.

That said, it isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to be painful. And the Flyers locker room, which despite all this team’s flaws and foibles is a remarkably tight-knight group, will finally have some much-needed upheaval.

Players are about to be traded. In two months, when looking back to today, there is going to be a whole new look for this roster.

No longer can the players hide behind the excuses of an oppressive GM or a voiceless coach. They are finally going to be held accountable for who they are and the fact that they can’t win together. Fletcher sees this. He knows this isn’t a “win now” team. He has to know he’s got to go into sell mode, and do so quickly.

But how should he begin his roster deconstruction?

After the jump is one suggestion:

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Crossing Broadcast: Making the Playoffs, Coaching Changes, and Cocaine Charges

JoyOnBroad - December 31, 2018

Kevin and Russ recap a wild Sunday, including the Eagles’ win and Vikings’ loss. The guys also touch on the Sixers’ blowout loss to Portland, the formal charges against Jori Lehterä, and Manny Diaz leaving Temple for Miami.

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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, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Jori Lehterä Formally Charged in Finnish Drug Investigation

JoyOnBroad - December 31, 2018

We interrupt your Eagles’ postseason elation for some real news: Flyers forward Jori Lehterä has been formally charged for his alleged connection to one of the all-time largest cocaine rings in Finland’s Tampere region.

While plenty of Flyers fans questioned how the team could have stood behind Lehterä in September when the original story broke – even allowing him to travel with the team and play at different periods of the season – they might have gotten the clarification they’ve been waiting for. The official charge against Lehterä wasn’t for being a drug kingpin or the Finnish Pablo Escobar. Per Tuomas Rimpiläinen of Aamulehti:

According to a preliminary investigation, Lehterä obtained eight grams of cocaine between early June and late July of 2018 in Tampere. According to the prosecutors he also tried to obtain one gram of cocaine in May of 2018.

Per the report, Finnish officials were in the midst of a wiretapping operation on three suspects, two of whom had phones in contact with Lehterä. Further along in the investigation, those two phones were pinpointed near Lehterä’s Lake Näsijärvi cottage.

Finnish law would typically treat a first offense like this with a fine, and while the maximum prison sentence could be up to two years, it appears the prosecutors are pushing for a five-month short suspended sentence.

Below is a video from the courtroom. One of the poor guys buried his face into his mittens, after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: The Philly/Boston Gap and Eagles Taking Flight

JoyOnBroad - December 28, 2018

Kevin and Russ break down the Sixers’ Christmas Day loss to the Boston Celtics, including the final play and Brett Brown’s decision to let Ben Simmons handle in the final seconds of regulation. The guys also discuss Brett Brown’s coaching style, systems, and adaption of each to his new lineup. They then hit the big talking points leading to Eagles/Redskins, cover the Phillies’ potential mess, and answer some Twitter questions.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [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, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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