December 7, 2010 |
ON SUNDAY in Atlantic City, Michael Leighton said he thought he was ready to return to the NHL. Yesterday, Leighton met with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and goaltending coach Jeff Reese and left the meeting convinced that he is not 100 percent after October back surgery and needs more time to rehab. As such, the Flyers asked for and received an extension from the NHL for Leighton to continue his conditioning assignment with the Phantoms for another two games.
July 15, 2010 |
Though it's not an official transaction and it took three years to complete, the 76ers and Nets, two of the three worst teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference last season, effectively have swapped general managers. New Jersey on Wednesday hired Billy King, the man Ed Stefanski replaced in Philadelphia in 2007, to be its general manager. The Nets' new owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, said he and new coach Avery Johnson interviewed several candidates for the position held by Rod Thorn, who decided last month to leave the team that finished the 2009-10 season with an NBA-worst 12-70 mark.
July 3, 2010 |
Left winger Simon Gagne's days as a member of the Flyers could be numbered. Gagne, 30, the longest-tenured current Flyer, has waived his no-trade clause, an NHL source confirmed Friday night. The Flyers and Los Angeles have been talking about a deal, but the Kings have said they want to keep Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick, two goalies that interest the Flyers. If the Flyers sweetened the deal, they might convince the Kings to trade one of the goaltenders. Goalies Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov are still available in the free-agent market, but the Flyers would need to trade a huge salary - such as Gagne's - to fit one of them under the $59.4 million cap. Gagne could not be reached for comment.
July 1, 2010 |
The landscape of the NBA's Eastern Conference is about to change dramatically, though your local team will most likely be left standing on the sidelines while rosters change and superstars get new addresses. At midnight last evening, the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became unrestricted free agents. If that isn't interesting enough, consider that such high-profile organizations as the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are in good monetary positions to land one, or two, of the big names, which could lead to a franchise turnaround.
February 28, 2010 |
When you last saw the Flyers (remember them?), they were one of the NHL's hottest teams. They had won four straight, climbed into the Eastern Conference's sixth spot, and started to show why they were expected to be strong Stanley Cup contenders. Then came the Olympic break, which means when they resume play Tuesday in Tampa Bay, the Flyers will be playing for the first time in 17 days. The layoff has left a host of questions: It shouldn't. For one, the schedule is favorable - five of their next six games are against teams that have more losses than wins.
December 2, 2009 |
The Eagles' recent spending spree made Brent Celek a wealthy man yesterday. Exactly one week after giving offensive tackle Winston Justice a four-year deal worth nearly $18 million if he finishes the contract, the team put together a six-year extension for its starting tight end that could be worth as much as $33 million if he earns the incentives. The contract includes slightly less than $11 million in guaranteed money, a league source said. It will keep him with the team through 2016.
October 30, 2009 |
The Flyers tried to push defenseman Randy Jones through reentry waivers, but one of his former coaches wouldn't let it happen. Jones, 28, was claimed yesterday by the Los Angeles Kings, whose head coach, Terry Murray, was a Flyers assistant in charge of the defense when Jones was part of the team. The Kings and Flyers will share Jones' $2.75 million cap hit - $1.375 million apiece. Jones spent parts of five seasons with the Flyers and is in the final year of a two-year, $5.5 million deal.
September 26, 2009 |
The Flyers are contemplating putting high-priced defenseman Randy Jones on waivers as early as today, a club source said yesterday. "It hasn't happened, so why think about it?" Jones said after yesterday's practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Jones, who had off-season hip surgery, has had an up-and-down training camp. The Flyers could free $2.75 million in cap space if they placed him on waivers and tried to send him to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms. The New York Rangers, who need a defenseman, could also make a deal for Jones.
June 9, 2009 |
Though all signs point to the Flyers signing controversial goalie Ray Emery, general manager Paul Holmgren yesterday said both sides are still negotiating. Because Emery played in Russia last season, the team that signs him can announce they have an agreement before July 1, when the free-agent signing period starts. Holmgren isn't prepared to make that announcement. "We're still talking," he said. "I can't say we've decided 100 percent yet. " Holmgren said he has talked with potential free agent Marty Biron and his agent "at length," and he was not ready to close the door on signing him. But the door seems to be almost shut, and if you read between the lines, Emery looks to be the Flyers' guy. For one, he is expected to sign a one-year deal for about $1.5 million, significantly less than Biron, who is seeking a four- or five-year contract that figures to land him about $4 million per season.
April 14, 2009 |
James Harrison isn't one of the NFL's biggest bargains any longer. The Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker reached terms yesterday on a $51.75 million, 6-year contract that will make him the second highest-paid player in franchise history. The contract set to be announced today will pay the NFL Defensive Player of the Year a guaranteed $20 million - more than any other player in team history except Ben Roethlisberger. The quarterback signed a $102 million, 8-year contract last year that will pay him a guaranteed $36 million.