Brayden Schenn Skating on Giroux Line at Camp

Brayden Schenn Skating on Giroux Line at Camp





The question of who will replace Jaromir Jagr on the Flyers’
top line may be answered, and there is a good chance it’s not who you would
have first suspected. At Monday’s practice, 21-year-old Brayden Schenn skated
alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell in what would seem a likely preview of
one new pairing to come at the regular season opener this Saturday.

A popular line of thinking had Jakub Voracek joining Giroux
and Hartsy on the right wing this season. Whether it’s out of an unwillingness
to break up another line, or because head coach Peter Laviolette wishes to
maximize a young player’s promise, it’s Schenn that opened up camp with the big

“Lavy told me the day before. Just
had a meeting and he let me know. You know it’s just an opportunity for me to
go and play with one of the best players in the league and Hartnell is coming
off a great year. For me, I’m trying to blend in and find chemistry as
quick as possible and step up and fill that hole.”

What the Flyers can’t replace in Jagr’s veteran leadership,
they hope to at least duplicate on the stat sheet. He finished with 19 goals
and 35 assists in 73 games a season ago. Voracek had 18 goals and 31 assists in
78 games – very comparable totals – while Schenn put up 12 and 6 over 54.

Obviously a variety of factors are at work in these numbers
though, including health and supporting cast. Schenn missed some time due to
injury, and was skating on the weakest line of the three players.

Still, it’s a bold move on Lavy’s part, albeit not
necessarily the wrong move. A fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft, not only
might Schenn be beyond capable of skating on somebody’s top line – he could potentially
center one someday. If it allows the team to keep the Voracek-Danny Briere-Wayne
Simmonds line intact, it’s certainly worth exploring.

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The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

Philly fans have a bad reputation. This isn't going to change anytime soon.

Regardless of which side of the Philly fan debate you fall, you'd probably agree fans shouldn't give the double bird mere feet from the athletes who are playing in front of them.

You've almost assuredly seen it by now, the image and footage of a Sixers fan flipping off Russell Westbrook last night in the highly-anticipated season debut. He was subsequently removed from his seats by security.

The New York Post got to the bottom of it all and even tracked down the fan's response on Facebook:

Dr. Richard Harkaway, a Philadelphia urologist who is originally from Long Island, wrote that it was Westbrook who initiated the confrontation, which ended with Harkaway being tossed from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the 76ers’ season-opening loss.

“To all my FB friends who are seeing a picture of me on the Internet giving the finger to Russell Westbrook. Actually two fingers,’’ Harkaway wrote in a private post. “Not as simple as it seems. I love to scream at the players and anyone who has been to a game with me knows this. Part of my charm. What you may not have seen on any of the video clips is what started the whole thing, which was Russell Westbrook saying ‘sit down f—ing fat boy’ when I stood up to boo.”

Do two wrongs make a right? Probably not. Being rude is being rude.

Do you think this fan's actions were justified after reading his response on Facebook?

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Two Phillies are in the running for a 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis and centerfielder Odubel Herrera were named National League finalists at their position on Thursday. Winners will be announced on Nov. 9. Galvis and Herrera are both finalists for the first time.

Galvis joins San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, a Gold Glove winner in 2015, and the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell as finalists at shortstop.

Herrera is a finalist in center field along with Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte.

Galvis, who turns 27 in November, committed himself to improving his defense after making 17 errors in 2015 and he did that with a career season in the field in 2016. He led all NL shortstops with a .987 fielding percentage and made just eight errors in 625 total chances while earning praise from Phillies’ infield guru Larry Bowa.

Galvis led the NL with 153 starts at shortstop and had errorless streaks of 51 and 44 games. At the plate, he reached career highs in doubles (26), homers (20), extra-base hits (49) and RBIs (67). On the down side, Galvis hit just .241 and his .274 on-base percentage was the worst in the majors.

Herrera, who turns 25 in December, began his career as an infielder in the Texas system and completed just his second season in the outfield in 2016. His credentials for a Gold Glove are not nearly as good as Galvis’. Herrera’s nine errors were the second-most among major-league outfielders, but he had 11 assists, fourth-most among NL outfielders.

The Phillies selected Herrera in the Rule 5 draft in 2014. They selected Inciarte in the Rule 5 draft in 2012 and he opened the 2013 season on the Phils’ roster, but was shipped back to his original club, Arizona, during the first week of that season.