The Flyers could be making another move. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers have inquired about the availability of veteran Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote. Foote is currently sidelined with a quadriceps injury and hasn’t been very healthy over the past few seasons. He just starting practicing today so he is getting closer to returning to live action. Foote would provide depth and leadership to defensive unit that is already missing Sean O’Donnell and Oskars Bartulis. He has no goals and eight assists in 41 games this season for Colorado. In his career, he has scored 66 goals and notched 242 assists.
I think this would be a solid move for the Flyers. No matter how long O’Donnell and Bartulis are out of the lineup, it never hurts to have an insurance policy. Foote is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer so the orange and black wouldn’t have to part with much more than a late round draft pick to get him. He would provide significant leadership and has playoff experience with the Avalanche. I think it’s a move that the team should make unless they’re content with Matt Walker as their seventh defenseman.
Despite his offensive potential, the Flyers have decided to part ways with Zherdev. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Nikolay Zherdev experiment has come to an end. The Philadelphia Flyers placed the disgruntled forward on waivers today. The Flyers did try to find a trading partner per the request of Zherdev and his agent Jay Grossman. Unfortunately they were unable to ship out the Russian playmaker in a deal. Zherdev had 15 goals and 4 assists in 47 games.
Zherdev has been in Peter Laviolette’s doghouse for most of the season. It has been indicated that Laviolette did not like Zherdev’s work ethic. Laziness was always the knock on Zherdev and was one of the main reasons he had to play last season in the KHL. It looks like the final straw for general manager Paul Holmgren and the front office was last Friday night in Raliegh. Mike Richards was a last second scratch due to an illness and Zherdev was no where to found. The Flyers could not get ahold of him so they inserted enforcer Jody Shelley into the lineup instead.
This isn’t the way that I thought this experiment would work out. After being exiled to Russia last season, I assumed that Zherdev would’ve gotten the message that he has to work harder and be a team player. Obviously that was a message that he never received. It’s a shame because he has a tremendous offensive skillset and can be a huge goal scoring threat in the NHL. I can’t say I blame the Flyers organization for wanting to dump Zherdev like a bad habit. However it wouldn’t be the worse idea to hang onto him. If a forward were to go down after the trade deadline, Zherdev would be an immediate upgrade over anyone on the Adirondack Phantoms. He would be a great insurance policy but you really can’t blame the Flyers for making this decision. It’ll be interesting to see if they pick up another foward before the trade deadline. I really doubt Shelley will be active during the postseason.
Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Winston Justice will have knee surgery tomorrow in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. James Andrews will be doing cleaning out Justice’s knee. There have been reports that he could need microfracture surgery later in the offseason and could potentially miss all of next season. These reports are just speculation at this point and is simply getting his knee cleaned out this week.
Even if Justice is back to 1oo% for the start of training camp, the Eagles still need to upgrade the offensive line throughout the draft and possibly free agency. An improved offensive line would make Michael Vick’s life a lot easier when football is played again. One potential draft prospect that could be available when the Eagles pick is Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. Carimi is 6-7 and weight 327 pounds and is highly touted as one of the best offensive tackles in this draft. It could be a nice pickup for a team that badly needs some help on the line.
The Golden State Warriors reportedly called the Sixers about Andre Iguodala
in the hopes of making a trade. The Warriors have also called teams about Danny Granger, Nene, and LaMarcus Aldridge among others. They were turned down by the Sixers who don’t seem like they are going to make a big move before Thursday’s trade deadline.
The only Warriors I’d be interested in would be Andris Biedrins and Monta Ellis. Obviously the Warriors wouldn’t be interested in trading Ellis who averages 25.3 points-per-game. If the Sixers truly want to ship out Iguodala, I think they could get a more significant return from another team. I’ve been behind trading him all along because I just don’t he fits with this team. He has stunted Evan Turner’s minutes and ability to grow as a basketball player. I’d be very comfortable with Thaddeus Young taking Iguodala’s spot in the starting lineup. If a trade is made, a center would be a huge help for the Sixers since the Spencer Hawes experiment has clearly failed.
Brind'Amour did get to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup in 2006. (Photo by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
The Carolina Hurricanes will be retiring former captain Rod Brind’Amour’s number before their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night. During his 20 seasons in the NHL, Brind’Amour spent nine with the Flyers and 10 with the Hurricanes. Brind’Amour was dealt by the Flyers in the trade that brought Keith Primeau to Philadelphia. The trade worked out very well for both teams. I think that it’s only fitting that his number is being retired on a night when the Hurricanes take on the Flyers. To show their appreciation, the Flyers will be sporting #17 jerseys during their pregame skate.
I think this is a very classy move by the Flyers organization. Brind’Amour gave nine years of service to the orange and black and was clearly a fan favorite around the city. I’d personally like to see the Flyers have a ceremony for the “Rod” in the future. Brindy scored 235 goals and recorded 366 assists during his time in Philadelphia. He was one of my favorite players growing up and I even rocked his jersey as a child. I was very disappointed the day that Brind’Amour was dealt and I still remember exactly where I was to this day. Rod Brind’Amour will always be a Flyer and a total class act. Enjoy tomorrow night Rod, you deserve it!
Lou Williams has been on a tear lately and has arguably the Sixers' best player. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
The Philadelphia 76ers host the surprising New York Knicks tonight and it is a very big game. The Knicks currently are in 6th place in the Eastern conference with a record of 25-23 and are three games ahead of the Sixers (23-25). The Sixers have been playing great basketball as of late, winning eight of their last 11 games. They are coming off of a 106-92 victory against the New Jersey Nets in which Jrue Holiday recorded his first career triple-double. Guard Lou Williams also played very well, scoring 26 points. Williams has been arguably the Sixers’ best player as of late. He is averaging 17.4 points-per-game off the bench over the last 10 games. Holiday and Williams will have to continue to play well if the Sixers want to keep on their winning ways.
As for the Knicks, these aren’t the Knicks that we’ve seen over the last couple of years. They’ve been known as the laughing-stock of the NBA. The Knicks were one of the teams that were a serious player for superstar LeBron James but ended up losing out to that team from South Beach. They did add Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton which have paid immediate dividends. Stoudemire is putting up MVP-type numbers in New York City this year. He is averaging 26.1 points-per-game and almost nine rebounds per contest this year. Stoudemire has carried the Knicks to a winning record and the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Felton is looking to be the point guard that they have been searching for. After failed experiments with players like Chris Duhon and Nate Robinson, Felton is quietly having a very good season, averaging 17.9 points-per-game and nearly nine assists per game. These are two players that the Sixers need to account for at all times if they want to win these two games against their neighbors from New York.
One thing that I would like to see is Doug Collins playing Mareese Speights more at center over Spencer Hawes. Hawes has little offensive game and doesn’t played tough-nosed defense or block many shots. Sure Speights doesn’t give you very much at the defensive end but his offensive skill-set is clearly superior to Hawes. Speights can put up some nice numbers on the offensive end when he is given the chance. I would like to see Speights starting once in a while. It’s clear what Hawes gives you and that sure isn’t much.
Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker John Bunting could be the next linebackers coach for the team. Bunting talked with head coach Andy Reid over the phone for about a half hour about the open position. The position became available when Bill Shuey was let go by the team on January 25th. Shuey had been with the Eagles for the past 10 years. According to sources, newly appointed defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will have the final say on if Bunting is hired or not.
Bunting played 11 seasons for the Eagles and was a member of the 1980 team that faced the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV. He also has significant coaching experience in both college and the NFL. He had coaching stints with the Chiefs, Saints, and Rams. Bunting was the defensive coordinator for the Rams from 1997-1999 and won a Super Bowl with the team in 1999. He also was a head coach in the collegiate ranks. He coached at Glassboro State College (now called Rowan University) from 1988-1992 and finished with a record of 38-14 including two New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships. He also coached at North Carolina from 2001-2006 and had a record of 65-59 at the school. He was fired after the 2006 campaign.