July 4, 2015 |
For those expecting general manager Ron Hextall to continue his magic and quickly make the Flyers a contender, well, reality struck when the first day of free agency arrived Wednesday and the team was able to add only a backup goaltender. In other words, it's going to take Hextall time to climb out of the salary-cap hole he inherited. The Flyers have about $4.5 million in cap space and still need to re-sign restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto. The Flyers made a $1.3 million qualifying offer to the defenseman, but a much heftier, multiyear deal is being discussed.
June 30, 2015 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The acquisition of Sam Gagner has either given Ron Hextall the top-nine forward he coveted or the salary-cap relief he desperately needs. Clarity will come when the free-agent market opens on Wednesday, but it sure sounds like Gagner need not bother looking for local real estate agents just yet. Hextall on Saturday acquired Gagner from Arizona for defenseman Nick Grossmann and the contract of Chris Pronger, who was still on the Flyers' books despite not playing since 2011 because of a career-ending concussion.
May 25, 2015 |
Gov. Christie vowed to rein in government spending when he took office in 2010, and one of his most controversial first-term initiatives was setting a cap on salaries for school district superintendents. Anecdotes of seemingly exorbitant pay for school administrators became a symbol of the government excess Christie had pledged to rid from Trenton. Four years after Christie set his own salary - $175,000 - as a maximum base for superintendents, Democratic lawmakers and school boards say the regulation has resulted in high turnover and made the state less competitive in attracting the best administrators.
March 14, 2015 |
We are seeing now what Chip Kelly truly believes, and what he is willing to do to get the football team that he wants, and it is utterly enthralling. The Eagles on Thursday signed DeMarco Murray - the NFL's leading rusher in 2014, arguably the most valuable player on the Dallas Cowboys last season - and they signed former San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews even after speculation that they had scuttled a handshake deal with him to create room for Murray on the roster and under the salary cap. This is fun. This is fascinating.
March 10, 2015 |
THE GOOD NEWS is the Eagles have more than $45 million in salary-cap space heading into tomorrow's 4 p.m. start of the free-agency signing period, which is the fifth most in the league. The bad news is, thanks largely to the $20 million increase in the salary cap over the last 2 years, they aren't the only team with a significant amount of spending room. As of yesterday, 12 teams were sitting with at least $30 million in salary-cap space, according to spotrac.com. Nineteen had at least $20 million in cap room.
March 6, 2015 |
THIS MAY come as a shock to all of the people who have been reading my uplifting stories and columns in the Daily News for the last 33 years, but I'm not the cockeyed optimist I seem. I'm actually a glass-half-empty kind of guy. Where others see promise and opportunity, I see pestilence and famine and a swarm of locusts. I'm the kind of guy who texts his grown children when it rains to warn them to be careful driving. I did that this week when it started to sleet and got back this smart-ass reply from my youngest daughter: "And there's the cautionary text I've been waiting for all day. Actually, I'm gonna see how fast I can go. I hear the ice helps you go faster.
March 1, 2015 |
The Eagles officially released offensive lineman Todd Herremans on Friday, one day after news initially broke that the team was moving on from one of its longest-tenured players. Herremans, 32, played 10 seasons with the Eagles after the team drafted him in 2005. He met with coach Chip Kelly on Friday about the decision. "Todd has been the ultimate professional during my two years in Philadelphia with him," Kelly said in a statement. "He is a tough player and I wish him all of the best as he moves forward in his NFL career.
February 19, 2015 |
NEW YORK - About 10 months ago, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the overly optimistic statement that he had "no expectation" that the National Basketball Players Association would opt out of the 10-year collective bargaining agreement the two parties agreed to in 2011. "I think it's premature, frankly, for either side to be making determinations about how well this deal has or hasn't worked," Silver said last April, "and I think especially given that [the NBPA] leader hasn't even been installed yet, which is something that they, of course, are freely acknowledging.
January 30, 2015 |
KIMMO TIMONEN has worked out almost every day since September, mostly at the Flyers' practice facility. Some days, he's played tennis locally. His possible return to the ice after being diagnosed with multiple blood clots in August took one step further yesterday, when he was fitted for a new pair of skates. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall offered no real update on Timonen yesterday, though meetings about his return continued with team brass, doctors, lawyers and league headquarters.
January 28, 2015 |
THE STATISTICS and analytics matched what Dean Lombardi's eyes were witnessing. He could see the drop-off in Mike Richards like everyone else, but didn't want to believe it. Managing a dynastic Stanley Cup enterprise isn't always black and white, after all. Not when people are involved. Lombardi had one final opportunity last June to buy out Richards' contract, but was swayed by the conversation he had with the player who made the Los Angeles Kings' 2012 Cup possible. He decided against it. It was a decision the general manager clearly regrets now, after placing the former Flyers captain on waivers yesterday.