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Chase Utley, “Rick,” Orders a Hoagie at Tony Luke’s

Kyle Scott - September 29, 2014

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Giveaways that you’re a notable person:

1) Sunglasses anywhere other than in direct sunlight.

2) Jeans that actually fit with hipster shoes to match.


I can only wonder which other establishments are frequented by a good looking rich man named Rick

I got recognized a few months ago doing (assisted) dips at the gym while wearing that first-run Geezus shirt that we sold, like, 20 of. Felt like a real loser. So, I get it. I feel Chase’s Rick’s pain. This celeb life ain’t easy no one, that’s for damn sure.

pic via Jason Wolf of Delaware Online

Rangers Trade for Rick Nash

Kyle Scott - July 23, 2012

Well, better keep those fingers crossed for Shea Weber, because the Rangers just got better. 

No, Henrik Lundqvist didn’t secure a 10-year sponsorship deal with Sebastian Shaper* allowing for unlimited use of their products. The Rangers acquired Rick Nash in exchange for Brandon Dubsinky and his puffy cheeks, Artem Anisimov and his air gun, Jan Erixon, and a first round pick:


Yikes. Oddly, the Blue Jackets wanted a massive haul from the Flyers for Nash, yet they accepted a hodgepodge of nonsense from the Rangers. And Brandon Dubinsky.

Now, #WeberWatch continues, because if the Predators match the offer, we’re left with what's currently on the Flyers' website:

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*Don't worry, midlings, I had to look that reference up.

H/T to (@TheRealPetrocs)

Matt Carle Gets His Payday And Returns to the Lightning

Ryan Gillon - July 4, 2012


Tell me if you've seen this before…

…in which you take a look at the Flyers four days into free agency, and see that their biggest signing to date is Michael Leighton.


After missing out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to the Minnesota Wild, Matt Carle has pledged his allegiance (get it?!) to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he'll sign a six-year, $33 million deal. At $5.5 million per year, you'll hear many say that Carle was overpaid for his future services, but he was the second-best defenseman in a relatively thin free agent class. This is the kind of shit that happens.

Even with the acquisition of Luke Schenn (and Danny Syvret, if that's worth mentioning… it's not), the loss of Carle really makes things shaky for the Flyers at defense. Kimmo Timonen was absolutely wiped at the end of last season and may not be able to give the minutes he did in the past. Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that the Flyers will sign defenseman Bruno Gervais tomorrow, but he only played 50 games last year and doesn't show any signs that he can give the ice time that Carle does.

Some will tell you the Flyers defense isn't so bad, and they're not, but in addition to the changes this offseason, health is an issue. Andrej Meszaros was a big loss in the latter part of last season and the unfortunate situation with Chris Pronger doesn't need any elaboration. His career is probably over.

There is still plenty of time to make moves, but the names the Flyers are connected to include forwards like Anaheim's Bobby Ryan and Columbus's Rick Nash. No defensemen are linked as of this writing.

Carle's signing with the Lightning will begin his second tour with the team. He was dealt from Tampa in the 2008-09 season to the Flyers.

And yes, Shea Weber is a restricted free agent, but Nashville Predators GM David Polie will match any offer sheet for his star defenseman… especially considering that Polie is on suicide watch after Ryan Suter packed up for Minnesota…

…not even Homer, his whiskey, and his shotgun will be able to pull off such a move. But, there's always next year.

Your (Almost) Daily JVR-Rick Nash Rumor

Kyle Scott - June 21, 2012

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Pic via reader Kody, who ran into JVR and his big grey hat at the movies

Never trust a reporter who hasn’t made it out of Columbus, Ohio. But, we’ll take Blue Jackets beat writer Arron Portzline at this word when he says… 

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Why, Riemer? Seriously, why?

JVR doesn’t have a no-movement clause (Canadian for no-trade) in his contract (yet– it kicks in after next season), but, at least for the Blue Jackets, it’s a good sign that, if he wound up in Ohio, he wouldn’t whine and pout and cry and carry on and force a trade to the Kings so he could win the Stanley Cup (zing).

What would be more important is if current Blue Jacket Rick Nash – who does have a no-movement clause – would be willing to accept a trade to the Flyers. One hockey rumor-mongering Twitter account (@HockeyBreak) seems to think so. Last night, they tweeted that the Flyers are on Nash’s list, and would be the team’s haul in a trade that sent some combination of JVR, Matt read, Sergei Bobrovsky and a first-round pick to Columbus. 

One or two of those things sound reasonable, but all four of them would be ridiculous. 

Hockey Break is one of a dozen or so Twitter account that hides behind the walls of the intertubes, using only a pro-looking avatar and a Gmail account for credibility. Their 16,000 followers make them just legitimate enough to perpetuate rumors, but their reliability is unknown. Of course, CSN hockey man John Boruk passed their report along like it was gospel… so, interpret that how you want:

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Let’s rumor monger!

Holmgren’s Got a Gun: Killing Season is Here and JVR is, Of Course, on the Trading Block

Kyle Scott - June 11, 2012

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"I'm going to fucking kill you one day, Junior"

The days are long and the weather is hot, and that can only mean one thing: The NHL summer rumor mill is here and we can’t wait to see what sort of reactive and organization-shifting moves the Flyers make this year! (!!!)

First up – and we’ll consider it a soft launch – JVR trade rumors… because, really, what would any Flyers rumor mill be without James van Riemsdyk discussion and Ed Snider’s blind intuition?

Not much, Bob. Not much.

Anyway, last night on Sports Final – which, surprisingly, isn’t yet hosted by Sheena Parveen in a strapless two-tone belted club dress – Howard Eskin reported that the Flyers are interested in JVR's fellow trade rumor veteran, Rick Nash:



Basically, JVR continues to hurt the Flyers even while he’s not lying in a hospital bed somewhere. Or something like that. And that's pissing the Flyers off.

It’s hard to imagine a professional athlete would delay surgery for the sole purpose of not getting traded. But who knows? The mere fact that this is being brought up and somewhat believable – the Flyers angered at one of their key players, who was a major reason why the team felt comfortable trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, for blocking a potential trade – is sad. 

We’ll buy Eskin’s report, but also take it with a grain of salt, if simply because a JVR for Rick Nash trade rumor is about as expected as it comes, especially when you consider the Flyers' rodent-like propensity to kill their young: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, Patrick Sharp, Danius Zubrus, Johan Hedburg— all drafted by the Flyers, all traded. Incredibly, six of those seven are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, and Sharp beat them in the 2010 Finals.

If history is any indication, maybe it's better that JVR could be holding up a trade.

UPDATE: Paul Holmgren, of course, denies this report, telling CSN's Sarah Baicker that an infection in JVR's foot is the reason for the delay. Somewhere, Ruben Amaro doesn't think this is a setback.

Flyers Might Not Be Done: Still Want Nash, According to Multiple Reports

Kyle Scott - February 18, 2012

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Look out, Philadelphia– Paul Holmgren has a gun*.

According to multiple reports, the Flyers are very hard on Rick Nash. Howard Eskin, who has been impeccable with hockey stories over the last year, says that the team is not done and still trying very hard for Nash.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun says the same thing.

Both Eskin and TSN’s Darren Dreger believe that the trade could include James van Riemsdyk (more on his post-game comments about fans here) and Sergei Bobrovsky. Other names thrown out there by Dreger: Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. 

Tim Panaccio, however, says that it is Columbus pushing Nash on the Flyers, not the other way around.

There are two sides to this coin. Side one: Trading for Rick Nash might lead his teammate Jeff Carter to commit suicide, especially if the return includes Schenn or Couturier– both in Philadelphia as a result of the Richards and Carter trades. Moving one to get a goal scorer like Nash, who has an 8-year, $62 million contract, would essentially be reversing course on the Carter trade, since Nash and Carter are very similar players (that is to say "goal scorers") … with the slight edge probably going to Nash.

Side two: Now that the Flyers have added Grossman and Kubina – B- and B+ defensemen, respectively – adding a player like Nash would probably put them right back in the thick of things… you know, if Bryz and Bob can ever figure out how to stop a puck.

We shall see. We don’t know what’s going to happen, but we do know this– JVR may want to hide under a table, because Homer has that look in his eye.

*Paul doesn't actually have a gun (I don't want to get sued)– just a phone.

Did Somebody Say “Rick Nash?”

Kyle Scott - February 14, 2012

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I honestly think this would kill Jeff Carter. That’s not hyperbole– like, dead. Finished. The end… for Jeff to see his new teammate get traded to the Flyers, the team that still makes him sad.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Flyers, Rangers and Kings are all potential suitors for Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash, who has 18 goals and 21 assists in 56 games thus far this season: []

The Rangers, Kings and Philadelphia Flyers would make sense to me, although the math would be really tight in New York given the money already tied up in Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist. But no doubt Nash represents just what the Blueshirts need. And there are always ways to get creative cap-wise. The Rangers have some young pieces (led by Chris Kreider) that might entice the Jackets. Howson, after all, took in the Rangers-Flyers game over the weekend. 

Which brings me to the Flyers, whom I believe also have interest in Nash and certainly have the young pieces to get involved (Brayden Schenn, James Van Riemsdyk or Sean Couturier, etc). Can you imagine Rick Nash on a line with Claude Giroux?


Yes I can, Pierre.  

But the rumors didn’t stop there. Earlier, Boston Globe writer Kevin Paul Dupont (that’s soo pretentious) threw some shit at this wall:

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Here’s my thought on all this: GET A DEFENSEMAN!!!

The Flyers don’t need any more scoring– they are third in the NHL with 182 goals. What they need is defense or a better goalie, or perhaps some unknown hybrid of the two– THEY ARE 25TH IN GOALS AGAINST, 169. Does it sound like I’m shouting? Because I’m shouting.

To be fair, most of this is conjecture on the part of hockey columnists, and the last time we used a naming convention like we did in the title here (Did Somebody Say Stamkos?), it didn’t exactly come to fruition. But, for two years there was Jeff Carter-Blue Jackets smoke, and the fire eventually followed. So the above is certainly worth mentioning.

For all your shit-chasing, stop over to, where we have Number Two plugged into the rumor machine.

Jason Peters: Getting Cuffed for Getting Crunk

Ryan Gillon - March 26, 2011


Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters (right) was supposed to be a celebrity guest at a nightclub in Shreveport, Louisiana last night. Rapper Rick Ross (left) was performing. By the end of the night, both men were arrested in separate incidents.

The reason why? Well, Ross was busted for marijuana possession. Some people just can't stay away from that sticky-icky-icky… tisk tisk.

However, it wasn't the same case for Peters. He just didn't want to turn the music down his car. Apparently being mind-numbingly loud is worth being handcuffed… you can't make this stuff up, folks. You just can't.

Via the most trusted news source the world over… TMZ:

He was busted for a loud music violation and resisting an officer after cops asked him to turn down the music in his car and he refused. Police tell us they asked Peters for his ID several times, but he refused that too. Poor choice.

Poor choice? No shit… talk about pride fostering ignorance.

Nothing will probably come of this, so no worries. You can fully expect Jason Peters to be on the front line protecting Michael Vick… whenever the hell that may be.

H/T to longtime friend Mike Crowley, better known around these parts as "Mike from Somerton"