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]

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

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

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.