Flyers Defensive Issues Not for Lack of Spending, Thats for Sure

Flyers Defensive Issues Not for Lack of Spending, Thats for Sure

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What’s more depressing than the Flyers’ glaring deficiencies
along the blue line? The fact that only one club in the NHL has more money
invested in the position – and that doesn’t even include Chris Pronger’s salary.

Fred Poulin of The Hockey Writers rounded up a list of the most
expensive defensive brigades
in hockey, and even with Pronger excluded because
he’s on long-term injured reserve, the Flyers’ have the second-most expensive top
seven in the league. Have a look:

2. Philadelphia Flyers – $23.708 million

Kimmo
Timonen – $6,333,333

Braydon
Coburn – $4,500,000
Andrej
Meszaros – $4,000,000
Luke Schenn
– $3,600,000
Nicklas
Grossmann – $3,500,000
Kurtis
Forster – $950,000
Bruno Gervais – $825,000

With the exception of Foster, all seven plus Pronger are
signed through at least next season, too, which makes you wonder how much of this
picture is even open to change over the next six months or so. Timonen’s small decrease
in pay for 2013-14 ($333,333K) won’t provide much relief, either.

Is anybody out there going to willingly take on that figure
for Meszaros, even if it is just for one more year? Coburn, Schenn, and
Grossmann are all under contract until 2016, and the latter two have generally
played well this season – is moving any one of them going to be an option?

I know this opinion is in the minority, but I still believe
they should be able to “get by” with this group plus some of their prospects.
There’s no doubt it isn’t working at the moment though, but the real question
is how do the Flyers go about fixing it?

>> The Ten Most Expensive Defensive Brigades In The NHL [THW]

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Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP