“The Philadelphia Flyers would like to announce that they do not understand the new CBA.”
Something in Elliotte Friedman’s always-excellent 30 Thoughts really caught my attention yesterday in a way that things in it often don’t. Not that the information isn’t always excellent, but it’s a lot of stuff like, “Oh, I’d never thought of it that way,” or “Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.” However, items Nos. 8 and 9 absolutely baffled me.
Both Vincent Lecavalier and Daniel Briere have gone from terribly disappointed to pleasantly surprised and excited by the amount of interest in them. All of that interest means both players will command a bigger dollar than expected. … That said, there are a couple of executives who said they wouldn’t be surprised if a team asks to bump [five-year demands] up to seven years with the last two at lower salaries to lessen the cap hit. It’s also expected that Lecavalier will ask for no-move or no-trade protection.
This made me sad and confused, but that was obviously before all the reports about Lecavalier settling on the Flyers for five years at $22.5 million total with a no-movement clause and everyone started getting their jokes about goaltending in. Now I’ve been pushed even farther into my confusion.
Here’s what is fundamentally difficult to understand about deals like the ones Lecavalier apparently commanded, and what Briere will likely pull as well: how silly they are. Read the rest of this entry »
It was over a month ago now, but the memory of the great collapse remains as fresh as ever in the minds of Toronto Maple Leafs fans. The Maple Leafs, of course, famously squandered a three-goal lead versus the Boston Bruins with ten minutes remaining in the third period of Game Seven. To be even more specific, they blew a two goal lead with under a minute and a half remaining in the game.
It was the type of sporting rarity that we’re unlikely to ever see again. The type of thing one doesn’t usually see in his or her lifetime. Hell, it’s the type of thing that may occur once in sixty lifetimes.
You can joke to your heart’s content about how the Leafs were this close to marching to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1967. Leafs fans aren’t laughing.
I took it upon myself to solicit stories from Leafs fans on their experiences from Game Seven. Not even trolling, I swear. I received scores of responses via email, Twitter, and even conducted a couple of old fashioned face-to-face conversations. The responses I received were reflective, sad, bizzarre, incoherent, and sometimes hilarious. Some names have been changed (when requested). Here’s a thorough sampling for your reading pleasure/despair. Read the rest of this entry »
Jakub Voracek walked away from an accident with a truck that saw his Ferrari incur the above damage.
From Broad Street Hockey:
Jake Voracek is thankfully not injured after a terrifying car accident in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The Flyers confirmed the news, first reported by Czech publication iSport, that Voracek collided his blue Ferrari with a truck on a road near Kladno, his hometown.
“I spoke with Jake this morning,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine.”
Alcohol was thankfully not a factor, but it does sound like the blame is on the Flyers’ young winger: Read the rest of this entry »