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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Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

You probably remember Emmanuel Acho more for his Twitter exploits than for anything he ever did on a football field. That was the case once again over the weekend when another former Eagle had a huge game for the Patriots in their win over the Houston Texans in the AFC playoffs.

Oh, and former Philadelphia Eagles decision maker Joe Banner was also involved.

All of it started because Dion Lewis, a one-time Eagles running back drafted in the 5th round in 2011, scored three TDs in a variety of ways on the Patriots way to another AFC title game.

The joke here is that Banner -- then with the Browns -- was on the winning end of the Lewis-for-Acho trade and was himself eventually fired from his job in Cleveland. But hey, at least Acho got out of that awful city.

Lewis has battled injury for much of his career and hasn't exactly been the second coming of LeSean McCoy but he's yet another case of the Bill Belichick Patriots finding a player who had floundered with other teams only to flourish in big moments in New England.

And Joe Banner may have seen that potential early on.

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was originally scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. in Miami on Tuesday for the beginning of his trial on a felony battery charge. 

Now, that trial won't be until April. 

A motion for continuance was filed and the new trial date is set for April 10, according to the Miami-Dade State State Attorney's Office. Eagles OTAs will begin in May. 

The felony charge stems from a July 25 incident in Miami, when the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham allegedly assaulted a hotel employee. The altercation reportedly arose from the length of time it took 50-year-old hotel employee Jean Courois to bring Bradham's group their beach umbrella. 

Bradham pleaded not guilty and has said he "most definitely" expects his name to be cleared from this incident.

This was the first of two arrests for Bradham since July. He was arrested coming home from Miami from the bye week after he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun in his backpack. 

After the second arrest, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz famously said, "You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass." 

Bradham, 27, signed a two-year deal to join the Eagles last offseason and proved to be a good investment on the field. He played 97 percent of the defense's snaps and played at a high level as the team's starting SAM linebacker. He will have a base salary of $3.5 million this year, with a cap hit of $4.25 million.