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March 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers picked a good time to be a stumbling hockey team. If they had been entrenched in a playoff spot, first-year general manager Ron Hextall may have been a buyer - in a seller's market. Instead, Hextall made his second move before Monday's trade deadline that conjured memories of the most successful general manager in Flyers history. It was the late Keith "The Thief" Allen whose shrewd moves helped build the Flyers into Stanley Cup champions in 1974 and 1975. Hextall has a while before the Flyers can compete for a Stanley Cup, but his latest moves - getting four draft picks and a serviceable defenseman for an almost-40-year-old defenseman on the verge of retiring, Kimmo Timonen, along with underachieving Braydon Coburn - were a good start.
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March 4, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE DEAL wasn't yet complete. Ron Hextall and Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman agreed to terms just after dinnertime on Sunday, but Hextall wanted doctors to review medical files. It had been in the works for days, since Yzerman expressed interest. With doctor approval, Hextall and Yzerman needed to wait for league staff to hustle back to the office in Manhattan in the middle of the night to register the trade. Before it was even finalized, Hextall tried to get Braydon Coburn on the phone.
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March 3, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
History shows that trading up for one player in the NFL draft is not favorable for the team that must surrender significant resources, Howie Roseman says. That was one of the topics the Eagles executive vice president of football operations addressed Saturday while he spoke on a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The debate about trading up in the draft is relevant in Philadelphia because the Eagles would likely need to part with valuable picks and/or players if they want to acquire Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
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March 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds doesn't want first-year general manager Ron Hextall to make any deals before the 3 p.m. trade deadline Monday. Truth be told, Hextall can't make any major moves unless he unloads some hefty salaries because the Flyers are close to the $69 million salary-cap limit. "I like the team we have," Simmonds said. "We've been playing pretty well. . . . Everyone likes each other, and if we can succeed, as is, I think that would be great. But I'm not the general manager, and I can't say what goes on. " The Flyers, crippled by a 9-17-6 road record, have 19 games left and are six points behind Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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March 3, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - The night before Howie Roseman's third draft as the Eagles' general manager in 2012, the deal with the Seahawks was already done. Once the Eagles were on the clock, Roseman picked up the phone and completed the trade, moving up from 15th to 12th overall to nab Fletcher Cox. "The trade was done 9 minutes before we picked," Roseman said on Saturday. "There was so much time on the clock that we then got another trade offer. Trade chat is nice, but moving up is really player driven.
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March 2, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
IN AN EARLIER column, I said 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie was either a mad genius or just mad. After the deals he made at the NBA trade deadline, I am now convinced he's not only mad, he's completely insane. The result of trading Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels is that our remaining lineup is surely the worst in the NBA, and our two most interesting players to watch are gone. As a result, the Sixers could have four picks in the first round and five picks in the second round of this year's draft, plus Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid will most likely both be healthy next season.
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March 1, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimmo Timonen, one of the best defensemen in Flyers history, said he wanted a chance to win a Stanley Cup in the final season of his superb NHL career. On Friday night, the Flyers gave him that opportunity, sending him to the powerful Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round pick in the June draft and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2016. "The only thing I'm missing from my hockey career is a Stanley Cup," Timonen, sidelined all season because of blood clots, said in a conference call Friday night.
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February 26, 2015
LET'S TALK about Pennsylvania and Illinois. They have plenty in common. Both have brand-new governors from the private sector: Democrat Tom Wolf in Harrisburg, Republican Bruce Rauner in Springfield. Both capitals are in relatively small towns. Springfield is Illinois' sixth-largest city; Harrisburg is Pennsylvania's ninth-largest. Both are roughly in the middle of their states. Both governors are dealing with legislatures of the opposite party: Republicans control Harrisburg; Democrats control Springfield.
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February 25, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The 76ers have to reclaim their identity. Before the trade deadline, they were a solid defensive squad that gave teams fits regardless of the outcome. These days, the Sixers are a three-point-taking and seldom-defensive-stop-making squad. Their latest example was Monday's 119-108 loss to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. "That's not who we are," coach Brett Brown said. "That's not even close to who we are. You have a luxury of shooters coming in and the punishment of having to regroup and reclaim identity, which has been defense.
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February 23, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers said all the right things about Michael Carter-Williams. Brett Brown raved about the point guard's improvement. Nerlens Noel said Carter-Williams was his brother. And Hollis Thompson called him a cool dude with whom he enjoyed playing. But the Sixers (12-42) are better off without Carter-Williams, just as he is better off without them. That's why his being shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday less than two seasons after being drafted made sense. Carter-Williams is not a good shooter, holds on to the ball too long at times, and commits a lot of turnovers.
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