Posts Tagged ‘Offseason’

A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make

April 29th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports
 Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Welcome to the part one of my Philadelphia Flyers offseason preview. Over these four parts, I will take a look at trades that should be made, free agent signings that need to happen, prospects that could interest the Flyers, and I’ll also project their offensive and defensive lines come opening night. Without further ado, let’s get right to part one. 

The run of luck has finally come to an end, as the Flyers season has closed in what some may consider to be disappointment. On the other hand, I tend to look at the glass half-full. Yes, they lost in the playoffs. Although, it was at the hands of the league’s best team in the Washington Capitals. This is a team that wasn’t even thought of for a playoff spot back in September, yet they fought their way to the postseason. It goes to show the heart that this team has, and that the future is bright for the Flyers Organization.

With that said, there are some negatives to take away from this postseason. The main takeaway was their power-play. Any time a team goes 1-23 on the man advantage, they’ll have a hard time finding a way to win. While their struggles on the man-advantage was well-documented, they did find a way to almost force a game 7. Following their 6-1 defeat in game 3, Dave Hakstol decided it was time to give Michael Neuvirth a shot between the pipes. From there, Neuvirth stopped every shot he faced, except for two. Who would’ve figured that the one goal he allowed would be the series-clincher. That said, none of the blame can fall on anyone for their game 6 loss. Braden Holtby just stood on his head, and stopped the Flyers on every shot he faced. They gave it a great effort, but came up just short in crunch-time.

Another major takeaway from this series, was the fact that Philly was physically dominated by the Capitals. Sure, the hits may tell a different stat, but Washington was able to bully their way past anyone on the Flyers team. The Flyers severely lacked in the physicality department, and that’s simply because they are an undersized team. There’s not one offensive player aside from Sean Couturier that is taller than 6’2″. Making matters worse, there are only five players that are north of 200 lbs. While both of those facts weren’t in the Flyers favor, there was really only one reason why they fell to the Caps. This team lacks offensive talent. There’s a fair amount of talent back on the blue line, but up front we’re severely depleted. We were clearly out-played from a talent aspect.


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NFL Mock Draft: Version 3.0- Final Call

April 15th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on NFL Mock Draft: Version 3.0- Final Call | Filed in Eagles, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly


The NFL Draft is exactly two weeks away, and things are beginning to heat up in a big way. Rumors are flying everywhere, and the first trade of the draft has already been agreed to. Earlier this morning, the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans agreed to a deal that would send the Rams up to the top pick in the draft, while the Titans drop back to 15th overall, while picking up an addition first rounder in 2017, a pair of second round picks this year, and a third round pick in both the 2016 and 2017 draft. With the draft being turned on its’ proverbial head, so has my mock draft. Due to that fact, I am here to do my third (and final!) NFL Mock Draft. Let’s get right down to business..

1.) Los Angeles Rams (via Tennessee Titans)- Jared Goff [QB/California]

Not even 12 hours after Kobe Bryant’s retirement game went final, the Rams stunned us all by making this move. Depending on who you listen to, it’s either Goff or Wentz going to L.A. After thinking about it, my money is on the Rams taking the homegrown talent.

2.) Cleveland Browns- Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)


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Filling Holes in the Phils’ Offseason

December 17th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Filling Holes in the Phils’ Offseason | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Welcome to Philadelphia, Michael Young.

By Amy McGinnis

Rogers Hornsby once said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”  I’d like to add that I also count down until the day that pitchers and catchers report in Clearwater (countdown is currently at 57 days for those of you fellow baseball nerds who also consider it an early Valentine’s Day gift).

Luckily, Ruben Amaro, Jr., is doing more than sitting around and waiting.  During this offseason, he has uncharacteristically made a few modest (and necessary) moves.  It’s been nice to see him address the team’s needs without throwing money around and making noise.  Ben Revere, as we know, will play center field.  From Texas, we’ve acquired Michael Young, a 36-year-old (still younger than Polanco) righty who hit .277 (20 points higher than Polanco) with 67 RBIs (Polanco had 19)  in 156 games (more than twice as many as Polanco played) last season.  In addition to these two position players, RAJ made a one-year deal with LHP John Lannan from Washington and righty reliever Mike Adams from Texas.  Lannan, 28, went 4-1 last season with a 4.13 ERA; in my opinion, he’ll be a good addition to the back end of our rotation.  He’s what’s known as “low risk, high reward,” and I’m glad that the spot left open by Worley won’t have a big question mark.  Mike Adams, 34, will be the setup man we’ve needed since Madson left.  I’m excited to see Adams in the 8th inning; he posted 7.7K/9 last season.  At a $12M/2 years price tag, I think Philadelphia made a quality deal.

As of right now, the Phils seem to be in far better shape than they did a few months ago (Chooch’s suspension notwithstanding).  Our starting rotation, of course, includes Halladay, Lee, and Hamels.  The back end will have Lannan, a third lefty, and


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Flyers Offseason

May 13th, 2011 by Ryan Reis | Comments Off on Flyers Offseason | Filed in General

Will Brian Boucher be back?

I know what you may be thinking. Its way too early to be talking about the Flyers offseason, especially since the playoffs are still going on. I beg to differ, I think its a perfect time. The wounds of the season are still fresh in our minds, allowing us to reflect on what changes need to be made.

Ed Snider recently said, when asked about the goaltending situation, “never have the goaltending issue that we had this year”. Half of me wants to believe this statement, where the other half of me says that this is just the same song and dance. The Flyers haven’t had a legit #1 goalie since Hextall. In fact, the Flyers have had 11 goalies that have played in more than 25 games since Hextall. So clearly goalie is high on the off season wish list.

Looking at the available goalies, there really aren’t that much to choose from. Unrestricted free agent goalies are scarce. Tomas Vokoun and Ilya Bryzgalov are the top two goalies. Both goalies over the age of 30, with Vokoun 33 and Bryzgalov 30.

Perhaps 2-3 years is all the Flyers need in a goalie. Bobrovsky is their “goalie of the future” He is still adjusting to the North American style of play. Give him a year or two more and he could be ready to take on the role of a true #1 goalie in this town.


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Phillies Offseason Outlook

November 30th, 2009 by Johnny G | 33 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

As the Eagles make their run for the postseason, as the Flyers struggles continue, and the Sixers continue to play pitiful basketball, the Phillies’ offseason is officially underway. Tweaking a team that has already proved it is the best team in its league after reaching the World Series for a second consecutive season is not easy. By declining Pedro Feliz’ option, Ruben Amaro must now find a replacement in the free agent market. Luckily, this free agent pool is stocked with legitimate talent at the hot corner with Mark DeRosa, Adrian Beltre, Placido Polanco, and Chone Figgins. The best fit at third would be Adrian Beltre. He is an extremely slick defender at third base, who may not be as sure handed as Pedro Feliz, but has much more range. His power potential in this ballpark could bring back memories of his 45 homerun days in Los Angeles, which would trump the 12 homeruns from Feliz.

Replacing Feliz’ numbers will be much easier than expected on the offensive side as his numbers were mostly inflated due to an unusually high batting average with runners in scoring position. As a .266 hitter overall on the season, he led the team while hitting with RISP. That is an anomaly and is unlikely to be a continuous trend. His power decline over the last several years is also concerning. Figgins has been a popular pipe dream with Philly fans but in reality will most likely command a contract in the four year, 50 million dollar range. That is entirely too much money for a slap hitting leadoff man even with his extremely high on base percentage.

What is even more important to the Phillies will be solidifying their bullpen and starting rotation. At this point, the last spot in the rotation will be up for grabs between Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, and whatever other players receive Spring Training invitations. As we have seen in the past though, it is not enough to go into a season with only five or six legitimate starting pitchers. While the Phillies can most likely not fit a top tier starting into their payroll such as John Lackey, they can pick up cheap, low risk options with high upside. Justin Duchscherer is coming off elbow surgery last season and spent the final two months of the 2009 season rehabbing in the minors. He could be an effective option if he can be had on a cheap, incentive laden contract. Brad Penny would be another similar option, who struggled mightily in the American League with more talented hitters and then proceeded to dominate the National League like the Cy Young contender we all remember from several years ago.

As we move along to the bullpen, we get to the real question mark with this club. Brad Lidge had arguably the worst season of any reliever in the history of baseball. Ryan Madson pitched well out of a set up role but largely struggled when he was asked to close in the ninth. Scott Eyre had a phenomenal season but just had off-season elbow surgery and may be retiring. Chan Ho Park was a nice surprise and performed well above expectations in a sixth and seventh inning role but he is now a free agent. J.C. Romero missed the final months of the season and the playoffs with an elbow injury and it could be a lingering injury that has yet to be corrected. It is fairly clear that the Phillies cannot bring in another high profile and expensive closer, as they have already committed a large sum of money to Brad Lidge. The only option at this point is to bring in a legitimate set up man who can step in to close if Lidge’s struggles continue. There are several free agents who fit this description, starting with Brandon Lyon. A former closer for the Diamondbacks who was then traded to the Tigers, he has an 88-91 mph fastball but has one of the best curveballs out of the bullpen you will see in the game. He would not command a long term or expensive contract and would be a nice option for the Phillies. Mike Gonzalez, from Atlanta would be another interesting option because of the fact he is left-handed and if he stays in a set up role could replace one of the open spots for a situational lefty with Eyre and Romero being question marks at this point. Although he struggles with his command at times, which can be frustrating, he has some of the best stuff in the big leagues and could be a very low risk, high reward opportunity. Finally, there is Billy Wagner….., well I guess we don’t have to waste much time speculating on that.

As this team is currently constructed the Phillies are still clearly the best team in the National League East and they are at minimum a top three team in the National League overall. If Amaro can find a legitimate replacement at a reasonable price for Pedro Feliz, patch the bullpen together with cost-effective options who can fill in for Brad Lidge if he struggles, and possibly find another starting pitcher for the back end of the rotation, there is no reason the Phillies cannot reach the World Series for a third consecutive season.


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