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Consensus Seems to Suggest the Flyers Overpaid for Kevin Hayes

Kevin Kinkead - June 19, 2019

Chuck Fletcher is wheeling and dealing, though I’m not sure if his moves are any good. Radko Gudas for Matt Niskanen? Seven million dollars a year for seven years of Kevin Hayes?

Anthony and Russ discussed all of that on this morning’s Snow the Goalie podcast.

Here’s some of the national reaction to what the Flyers are doing:

A handful of the guys in the same range as Hayes:

  • Ryan O’Reilly – $7,500,000 AAV
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov – $7,800,00 AAV
  • Ryan Kesler – $6,875,000 AAV
  • Patrice Bergeron – $6,875,000 AAV

All four of those dudes have posted multiple 50-point seasons. Bergeron is 33 and Kesler is 34, but O’Reilly is 28 and Kuznetsov is 27, so they’re more comparable in age to Hayes.

More 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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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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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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Boston Bruins Lose Game Five as Fans Clobber Each Other in the Stands

Kevin Kinkead - June 7, 2019

The Boston Bruins lost game five on home ice last night after a controversial no-call in the third period.

You just hate to see it.

Apparently their fans were so frustrated that they started beating the crap out of each other in the stands:

Strange, because I was told this only happens in Philadelphia.

The Blues are up 3-2 and headed back to St. Louis for game six. I personally believe the no-call is deserved karma after that idiot radio host hung up on the Carolina Hurricanes writer and made fun of his southern accent. The irony is that Fred Toucher, the idiot radio host, isn’t even a Boston native. He’s from Detroit.

Either way, let’s go Blues! Craig Berube is my guy.

Video of the missed call after the jump:

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Jori Lehtera is Reportedly Taking his Talents to Russia

Kevin Kinkead - June 5, 2019

Jori Lehtera is headed to the KHL to join SKA Saint Petersburg.

This comes to us via the RIA Novosti news agency in Mother Russia.

Crappy Google translation:

Source: Yori Lehterya will move from “Philadelphia” to SKA

MOSCOW, June 5 – RIA News.

Finnish striker of the club Philadelphia NHL Yori Lehter continue his career in the SKA Petersburg, told RIA Novosti source familiar with the situation.

Last season, the 31-year-old forward in 27 matches of the regular season NHL scored 1 puck and gave 2 assists.

In 2010-2011, Lehter played in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, in 2011-2014 he was a player in Novosibirsk Siberia.

Last season Lehtera was caught up in a cocaine ring investigation in his native Finland. I believe the last update we did for Crossing Broad was back in January, when he skipped a non-mandatory court appearance. In March, he was sentenced to four months of probation for possessing cocaine but apparently not selling or trafficking it. Lehtera went on waivers in February, cleared, and played five games for the Phantoms. He posted 11 points in 89 games for the Flyers over two seasons.

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Flyers’ Trade for Kevin Hayes has More Subtle Meaning for the State of the Franchise

Anthony SanFilippo - June 4, 2019

Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher made a savvy move Monday night by trading for the rights to pending unrestricted free agent center Kevin Hayes.

The cost of the move was a fifth round pick in the 2019 draft, and the pick was unconditional, meaning the Winnipeg Jets, who had acquired Hayes at the trade deadline, get the pick regardless of whether the Flyers sign Hayes or not.

A fifth round pick is an asset, yes, but hardly one the Flyers couldn’t part with as part of their three-week courting process of Hayes before he can start talking to other NHL teams and eventually become a free agent on July 1.

The Flyers had 10 picks in seven rounds coming into the draft and weren’t going to keep them all anyway. Parting with a lottery ticket pick for the chance to sign a guy you really like before anyone else has a chance to woo him is a worthwhile risk.

But is there a little more to it than that? Is it possible that this ploy by the Flyers is one rooted in a far deeper issue?

There used to be a time when the Flyers would go into free agency and be among the most desired destinations for players to go in the NHL.

People will argue that I’m just remembering the old days when the Flyers would simply outspend the rest of the league and sign whatever player they wanted, but Philly was a destination location after the the 2005 lockout, too. Danny Briere signed here. Jaromir Jagr signed here. These were elite players in the sport who chose Philadelphia over other towns that made a lot of sense at the time.

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Gritty Pours One Out for Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons

Kevin Kinkead - May 23, 2019

Remember when everybody thought Gritty was a terrible mascot? That he/she was a rip off Phillie Phanatic with crazy eyes who looked more likely to murder you in your sleep rather than get everybody pumped up for another .500 Flyers season?

That lasted about 10 seconds, then people realized Gritty was, indeed, a genius idea, as he/she went on a national publicity tour, appearing on pretty much every program imaginable.

He/she is even winning awards, and last night shouted out the late Daenerys Targaryen during his/her acceptance speech at the Sports Business Journal’s “Best in Sports” gala:

Gritty.

First of his/her name. Queen/king of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother/Father of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, etc.

h/t Jeff Blumenthal