Flyers Extras: Snider the Newspaperman? Lavvy the Fisherman?

Flyers Extras: Snider the Newspaperman? Lavvy the Fisherman?

The wounds from yesterday's 6-4 loss to the Devils are still fresh, as should be expected after we had to endure Ilya Kovalchuk posting a Gordie Howe hat trick. Here are a few stories to distract us from that, and perhaps one to add a little salt.

First, how's this for a possible business partnership? Former Mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of Pennsylvania and Flyers owner Ed Snider are among a group folks interested in possibly buying the Inquirer and the Daily News. [AP/Delco Times]

Meanwhile, the February 12th episode the NBC Network show "Charlie Moore: No Offense," featuring the Mad Fisherman, will showcase the rod and reel talents of Flyers bench boss Peter Laviolette. The pic at above-right looks nothing like the Lavvy we saw ready to hold someone's face up to the skate sharpener at the end of yesterday's first period, eh? [Flyers.com]

Zac Rinaldo's agitation may have helped the Flyers turn the tide of yesterday's game, but it also cost him $5,000. After the game, Rinaldo was issued two separate fines of $2,500, one for a late hit on Jacob Josefson and another for the trip of Zach Parise that led to the third period melee also including the Schenn/Kovalchuk fight. Still awaiting word on whether Parise was fined for slashing Jaromir Jagr and possibly breaking his finger, or Anton Volchenkov for hitting him at every opportunity. I guess Volch had to find another skill player to pick at, with Danny Briere still sidelined with the concussion he gave him. [CSN Philly]

Interested in a closer look at the SABR-like side of hockey analysis? Eric T. digs through some zone entry comparisons for the Flyers and Rangers. Uh huhghuhh huh. He said 'zone entry.' [Broad Street Hockey]

Did Corey Davis reveal he wants to be drafted by Eagles?

Did Corey Davis reveal he wants to be drafted by Eagles?

We finally know who the Eagles will select this Thursday in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

No need to tune into the draft broadcast, or even visit the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to partake in all of the festivities. Just look at Corey Davis' Twitter feed:


Done deal. Get him a cheesesteak and a midnight green uniform.

But in all seriousness, Davis made an appearance Monday on ESPN and retweeted this tweet to Trey Wingo.

Davis would certainly make an immediate impact on the Eagles' offense. He would join a receiving corps already bolstered in free agency with the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

But the Western Michigan product might not be on the board at the 14th overall pick, and the Eagles could look elsewhere on Thursday night.

The700Level's Andrew Kulp wrote about Davis at length here.

h/t to bleedinggreennation.com.

Place Your Bets: NFL draft first-round odds

Place Your Bets: NFL draft first-round odds

So, you think you know where every player will be selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft?

Well, here are some odds, courtesy of Bovada, to help you gauge your early predictions for the draft in Philly this week.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
We start with McCaffrey, probably the most talked about prospect in Philadelphia entering the first round on Thursday.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz compared McCaffrey to Darren Sproles. Stanford head coach David Shaw thinks not only would McCaffrey be a good fit in the Eagles' offense, but would also be a great fit in the city of Philadelphia.

Bovada has 2/3 odds of McCaffrey being selected over the 9.5 pick, and has 11/10 odds of him being selected under the 9.5 pick.

CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zangaro has McCaffrey being selected at No. 15 overall by the Indianapolis Colts -- the pick after the Eagles, who are slotted at No. 14 -- in his mock draft.

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette has consistently been in the top 10, or sometimes even the top five, of mock drafts.

Many teams covet Fournette for his combination of strength and speed. The LSU product is 6-foot, 240 pounds and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine.

Bovada has 2/3 odds of Fournette getting selected over the fourth pick and 11/10 odds of him getting drafted after the fourth pick.

How many RBs/WRs will be selected in first round?
Since Bovada has the same odds for the number of running backs and wide receivers going in the first round, we combined the two.

If you're living under a rock and haven't been following NFL mock drafts since the season ended, there have been three running backs and wide receivers consistently selected in the first round -- WR Mike Williams, WR Corey Davis, WR John Ross, RB Dalvin Cook, RB McCaffrey and RB Fournette.

Here are the identical odds for both position groups:

Over 2.5 with 1/5 odds.
Under 2.5 with 3/1 odds.

How many defensive players will be selected in first round?
This one can get tricky, because you'll have to bank on a few teams getting desperate and drafting some quarterbacks to hit the under.

Over 18.5 with 1/1 odds.
Under 18.5 with 5/7 odds.

How many Alabama players will be selected in first round?
Alabama is the gold standard for NFL players. Every year, the university churns out first-round talent on the opening night of the draft.

In Zangaro's afformentioned mock draft, he has five Alabama players being selected.

Here are the odds:

Over 4.5 with 11/10 odds.
Under 4.5 with 2/3 odds.