Is Ruben Amaro Jr. done assembling his 25 man roster for the 2014 season? I thought they’d pursue a late inning reliever such as Edward Mujica, who recently signed with the Red Sox for two years, $9,500,000. There are still some experienced late inning relievers on the market such as Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit and The Beard, Brian Wilson, but I’m getting a sense the major moves have all been made. Wait, what major moves? Resigning 35 year old Carlos Ruiz to a ridiculous three year deal for $26,000,000 and the almost as ridiculous signing of 36 year old Marlon Byrd, coming of a career year to a two year deal for $16,000,000. Is that it? I know they signed a couple of sub $1,000,000 players but is the winter meetings merely a formality for the Phils GM? Is it cocktails and bullshitting next week for one of the games worst GM’s? I’m beginning to think so. Continue reading
When you think about the Flyers success (or lack-thereof) in Detroit over the past two decades, it should come as no surprise that things looked pretty bleak when the good guys trailed 3-1 late in the second period. After all, this organization had pulled off just one victory at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit over the past 24 years; and the Flyers haven’t exactly been comeback kings this season. But Matt Read managed to cut the Red Wing lead to just one (3-2) with a late second period goal, and the orange and black never looked back. The Flyers came out firing in the third and were able to pull out their most unlikely victory of the season, 6-3.
Let’s take a closer look at this surprisingly high-scoring affair:
- The number of penalties called were completely disproportionate, but it was actually the Flyers who managed to take advantage of their few opportunities. Philly finished 3-3 on the PP, while Detroit only managed to go 1-7.
- The “third line”, if we can still call them that, had an absolute monster game. Sean Couturier led the way with two goals and two assists; Read finished with a goal and two assists; meanwhile, Steve Downie finished with a goal and an assist. But, quite possibly, the best part about this line is the way they play the two-way game. All three forwards are defensively responsible, especially Couturier (whom Pierre McGuire compared to Patrice Bergeron during the broadcast). It’s easy to see that Berube trusts these guys to shut-down the oppositions most dangerous players when it matters most. And the offensive production is just gravy.
- Wayne Simmonds continues his strong play but still can’t seem to get out of his scoring funk. He came out pointless once again despite being one of the Flyers most active and dangerous forwards. Sooner (hopefully) or later the puck will start going in the net for the hard-working power forward.
- It was nice to see Claude Giroux continue to fire the puck, especially when on the PP, as he managed to net the game-tying goal. For those who’ve seen my past post’s, one of my biggest complaints about this squad has been their aversion to take the best available shots, but that wasn’t the case tonight.
- Much-maligned first-line wingers, Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek, both had a productive game. Hartnell managed to score on one of his vintage one-timer’s from Giroux on the PP; while Voracek was noticeably active, despite being held off the score-sheet.
- Steve Mason wasn’t his usual dominant self, but he still came up with some huge saves when the team needed him most. There were plenty of close calls, but #35 still hasn’t allowed more than 3 goals as a Flyer (knock on wood) and we certainly hope that trend continues.
- I’m not going to complain about the officiating, as the Flyers certainly deserved most of the penalty calls, but there seemed to be some inconsistencies when it came to the play of the Red Wings. Maybe it’s just my “homer vision”, but I thought Detroit got away with quite a lot.
- This was just the Flyers second win at Joe Louis arena since 1989.
- The orange and black now find themselves tied with the Rangers for 3rd in the Metropolitan division with 28 points, and trail Washington for 2nd by just two points.
The Flyers will look to continue climbing up the standings on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.) in Dallas against a dangerous Stars squad. Tune in.
The title of this article is a little misleading. Yes the Phillies have been busy the past 24 hours, but the moves they’re making are of the unspectacular sort that’s not generating much, if any excitement with the fan base. Continue reading
The deadline was midnight last night for the Phillies to tender contracts to their five arbitration eligible players. The five were Antonio Bastardo, Kevin Frandsen, Kyle Kendrick, John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Revere. Ruben Amaro Jr. had already made his intentions known as it pertained to tendering Kendrick, who will receive the largest pay day of the group. Revere was a lock to get tendered, and Bastardo was as close to a lock as you can get considering his performance and the Phils lack of bullpen depth. Continue reading
These next two games will really tell us where the Eagles are at. It will tell us the progression they have made and the work that is still needed to be done. Of course we know they still need a better secondary and a linebacker on defense and on offense they still have a question at quarterback who could also use another receiver to throw to besides DeSean. Continue reading