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Report: Flyers, D Ivan Provorov Agree to 6yr, $40.5m Deal

Russ Joy - September 12, 2019

Yowie Wowie! On the eve of training camp officially opening Friday in Voorhees, the Flyers have reportedly inked their #1 defenseman Ivan Provorov to a 6-year, $40.5m deal. Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Assuming Provorov can rebound from an up-and-down 2018-19 season and return to his 2017-18 form, this deal will go down as an absolute steal. The Flyers have relied heavily on the young defenseman to the tune of just over 25 minutes per game. Is he a legit stud to lean on PP1? No. Does he do virtually everything else? Absolutely. With a new CBA negotiation on the horizon and a lucrative new TV deal likely, the NHL’s salary cap should rise. In that case, the cap percentage Provorov’s $6.75m will occupy should represent a major coup for the Flyers.

UPDATE: Per Pierre LeBrun, Provorov has some significant guaranteed money coming his way:

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Flyers Announce Their Local TV Schedule

Russ Joy - September 12, 2019

We learned just over a month ago that the Flyers will be appearing on national television an impressive twenty times. Then NBC announced the Orange and Black will be featured on a four-part behind the scenes show on NHL Network titled Behind the Glass: Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp. Now we know the breakdown of the local TV schedule, namely the NBC Sports Philadelphia/NBC Sports Philadelphia+ splits:

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Snow The Goalie: A Fresh Start with Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault

Russ Joy - September 12, 2019

Anthony and Russ are joined by Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault for an exclusive face-to-face interview. Topics include:

  • Assessing the roster
  • Vision for how the team will play
  • Observations of Carter Hart and Sean Couturier at IIHF World Championships
  • The importance of giving players a clean slate
  • Having two former head coaches as assistants
  • The role of analytics in coaching
  • Lessons from the1992 Ottawa Senators
  • Off-season hobbies
  • Hockey in Canada v. the US
  • The difficulty of making a Stanley Cup Final
  • Thoughts on the media

Anthony and Russ then reflect on the interview and make a big announcement about their coverage for the upcoming season.

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Hockey Roundup: Flyers Hire More Analytics Staff and Boucher to replace McGuire

Russ Joy - September 4, 2019

We interrupt your evening Phillies/Reds game and fawning over the Eagles’ impending Week 1 game for some hockey action, yo.

Flyers make some Analytics Department hires

Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher came to Philadelphia with a reputation for building a solid analytics corps around him from his time with the Minnesota Wild. In fact, in the interviews Anthony and I did with Paul Holmgren and Bob Clarke, both men spoke extensively about Fletcher’s ability to best utilize cutting, modern day analytics trends along with traditional metrics to make balanced decisions. With that in mind, today’s announcement that Fletcher has added to an already impressive analytics department.

Internal Promotions

Ian Anderson received a promotion to the position of Director of Hockey Analytics. Originally hired under former general manager Ron Hextall, Anderson has served as the Flyers’ Manager of Hockey Analytics since 2014 and is the second-longest-tenured analytics staff member in the entire NHL.

Joining Anderson in the promotion club is Jacob Hurlbut. A 2015 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Hurlbut worked with the men’s hockey program in an analytics role and was part of a research fellowship that sought to develop analytical ratings of NHL players. That experience led to Hurlbut joining the organization as a Hextall hire in 2016. He’s now been promoted to the hockey analytics department’s Lead Developer.

New Hires

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Snow The Goalie: Where the Flyers Stand with Jason Myrtetus

Russ Joy - August 30, 2019

Anthony and Russ are joined by Jason Myrtetus of 97.5 The Fanatic and the Stick2Hockey podcast. They discuss:

  • The Kevin Hayes story
  • Player over/unders
  • Where the team will finish in the Metropolitan Division
  • Can Carter Hart live up to the hype?
  • The impact of the new coaching staff
  • Konecny/Provorov updates
  • NHL Network’s “Behind The Glass: Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp”
  • The battle for the 3RW
  • Claude Giroux’s NHL 20 rating
  • An update on the NHL/NHLPA’s CBA negotiations

*This episode of Snow The Goalie is brought to you by Cynch propane delivery service. They’ll exchange your propane tank for a brand-new, full tank for just $10 with the Crossing Broad promo code “CrossingBroad”. Just enter your address, leave the tank on your porch/driveway, and Cynch will do the rest.*

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Claude Giroux’s NHL 20 Rating Has People Crying Foul

Russ Joy - August 28, 2019

EA Sports began to unveil their NHL 20 Top 50 list on Tuesday, leading Flyers fans to wonder how many of their favorite players would make the list. Not a single Flyer made the #50-41 list on Tuesday, setting the stage for Wednesday afternoon’s reveal of the #40-31 list. The first and only member of the Orange & Black to make the Top 50 thus far is captain -and recent father– Claude Giroux, who came in at #32 on the list:

An 89 overall rating seems a bit low, though some would argue the drop to 85 points might have had something to do with Giroux not breaking the 90 overall threshold. The better argument for Giroux being underrated was truly warranted when he debuted with the same rating in NHL 19 coming off a 102 point season.

Fan reaction to his overall rating and top faceoff rating of 95 made for some good old fashioned back-and-forth between league fans:

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Flyers to be Featured on NHL Network’s “Behind The Glass” Series

Russ Joy - August 28, 2019

Remember back in 2011 when the Flyers and Rangers were featured on HBO’s 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic? We were treated to some absolute gems from former net minder Ilya Bryzgalov, who gave good news and great news to reporters, told us about the humongous big universe, and compared dogs to “hot blondes”. Then, this past season, the Flyers and Penguins were featured on NBCSN’s Wired, where we learned that Travis Konecny thinks Evgeni Malkin is a “******* nerd”. It should come as no surprise that Wednesday’s announcement that the Flyers will be the focus of the NHL Network’s four-part Behind the Glass series has led to rejoicing in the Delaware Valley.

In a press release, Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center said:

We are thrilled to be working with the NHL and NHL Network to showcase a different, all-access side of the Flyers organization.

This is an incredible opportunity to give our fans and the hockey community a never-before-seen look at our club and to spotlight the promising young talent we are developing that will bring the Flyers to the next level.

The official series title –Behind The Glass: Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp– shed some light on when and where the cameras will be shining the brightest. Will Morgan Frost or Joel Farabee grab the 3RW opening and take it as his own? Will Carter Hart be able to build off a solid rookie season?

The all-access piece will include some international flavor as filming is set to take place in the Czech Republic, where the Flyers will be led by Kladno native Jakub Voracek. He’s always a good quote and an entertaining player to be around, so I’d say it’s safe to assume he’ll be quite the star while abroad.

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Seravalli: Kevin Hayes Told Another Player He’d Only Go to the Flyers if They Overpaid

Russ Joy - August 14, 2019

When TSN’s Senior Hockey Reporter and former Philadelphia Daily News writer Frank Seravalli joined Anthony San Filippo and I on Tuesday night’s Snow The Goalie, we expected he’d provide some of the hard-hitting insight that made him a favorite in the local market and a target of Canada’s top sports network. We didn’t expect the bombshell he dropped on us regarding the Flyers’ top offseason signing, center Kevin Hayes.

Per Seravalli, Hayes had no intention of signing with the Flyers, who had traded for his rights, unless they opted to overpay him:

“I don’t understand why (the Flyers) felt the need to spend a pick in order to go out and (trade for Kevin Hayes’ rights). I don’t think there was a team that would’ve come close to the Flyers’ number, because if there were, Kevin Hayes would’ve just waited until July 1, and I have that on good authority. I was with a current NHL player the night before Game 7 in Boston who – five minutes before seeing me – ran into Kevin Hayes outside of somewhere in downtown Boston, which is obviously his hometown. He goes, ‘Oh yeah. I just ran into Kevin Hayes.’ He said Kevin Hayes told him the only way he’s going to the Flyers is if the Flyers overpaid to get him. And how much did they overpay by? It’s hard to answer that specifically, but I would say at least $600k-700k a year times seven years.”

Take a minute to let that sink in. That’s absolutely staggering. It’s Kevin freaking Hayes. This is a guy who’s surpassed 50 points ONCE in his career. He’s regarded by many in hockey circles as a 2.5 C. He’s a decent enough two-way player, but come on. He’s an upgrade over an underwhelming Nolan Patrick and nowhere near a top-tier 2C with a legitimate shot at moving to the top line. This is the guy saying he’d only play for the Flyers if they overpaid? Seriously? Have the Flyers fallen this far as an organization? I remember a time when players went out of their way to come to Philadelphia. Sure, some would point to Ed Snider’s willingness to throw copious sums of cash at stars when the NHL had no salary cap, but this is different. An overpaid, mid-tier player essentially trashed the team he eventually signed with.

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