Unsurprisingly, the Sixers' Offseason Cracks SI's Most Puzzling List

Unsurprisingly, the Sixers' Offseason Cracks SI's Most Puzzling List

Maalik Wayns! At some point over the last few days the Sixers added the former Villanova star to their bizarre roster. It was just the latest in a very strange summer. Their offseason has induced head scratch after head scratch. Clearly, they're not built to make huge strides in 2012-2013 and they fittingly landed on Sports Illustrated's list of most concerning offseasons.

Zach Lowe does a nice job running through all of the moves and pointing out that they didn't exactly get any better. But the kicker... the kicker is that they're flexible and probably (hopefully!) have some sort of longer term plan in place. After mentioning their potentially limited cap space next summer, he concludes:

That could change if they dump Iguodala between now and then, and I
suspect the Sixers have a few possible next steps in mind. They’ve
replaced Brand’s single massive contract with several mid-sized ones
that might be easier to fit in package deals, and mostly expire after
this season anyway. Let’s see what they do.

Yes, let's see what they do next. But we have to watch them until they do whatever is next. That may be painful-ish.

Lowe's conclusion basically goes along with the idea that the next season or two are going to be a real test to see if Jrue and Evan are worth building around to form a legit contender for the future. If not? Well, then we've got to come up with another plan.

>>Offseason has left a number of potential contenders at risk of disappointment [SI]

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth has a new mask — let's hope it helps him stop more pucks.

Neuvirth will debut a new lid Saturday night, when the Flyers return to game action after their five-day bye week against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center.

The new mask pays tribute to Flyers goaltending greats, such as Bernie Parent (two Stanley Cups), Ron Hextall (current GM, 1987 Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner) and Roman Cechmanek (why not?). Neuvirth will get the start tonight over Steve Mason.

In 13 games — 10 starts — this season, Neuvirth is 6-3 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. Don't read too much into Neuvirth's start tonight, however.

The Flyers have a back-to-back beginning tonight, against New Jersey and the New York Islanders. The safe bet is to see Mason in net on Sunday night in Brooklyn.

But tonight, keep an eye out to see if Neuvirth can make a Cechmanek-esque head save.