Flyers players talk about Laviolette’s firing, Berube to try new lines and defensive pairings

Flyers players talk about Laviolette’s firing, Berube to try new lines and defensive pairings

In the video above we have Cluade Giroux, Braydon Coburn, and Scott Hartnell discussing the departure of Peter Laviolette, who was ousted from his post as head coach of the Flyers on Monday. Obviously there are a lot of mixed feelings in the dressing room right now, but everybody seems to understand they weren't getting the job.

Moves like these are a side effect of efforts such as the ones the Flyers have given in their first three games of the season, all losses.

With that chapter behind them, now the players must move on with the Craig Berube era beginning Tuesday night against the the Florida Panthers, and the changes will run deeper that who's standing behind the bench. Berube will surely make some tweaks to if not overhaul Laviolette's system, but for starters he's mixing up the top three lines again and even the defensive pairings in his first game as an NHL head coach. Per Sarah Baicker:

Forwards

Hartnell-Giroux-Simmonds
Schenn-Lecavalier-Voracek
Read-Couturier-Talbot

Defensemen

Timonen-Schenn
Streit-Meszaros
Coburn-Grossmann

Regular readers know how I feel about taking Jake Voracek off of the Giroux line, but he may be battling a lower back injury still. Regardless of who's skating with who, G needs to step up.

Berube expanded on the defensive changes a bit.

“I didn’t see much from the pairings that were going on, so I made some changes with what I thought,” Berube said.  “Coby and Grossy is a shutdown pair, and Streit and Meszaros can both move the puck real well, and I thought that Kimmo and Schenner were good last year together.”

Will all of the changes result in the Flyers getting into the win column for the first time this season? We'll see. It sounds like the players are expecting some adjustment under Berube. But then I suppose that's the point.

>> Skate update: Flyers' D pairings, lines shuffled [CSN]

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.

Eagles Injury Update: Mathews and Matthews to return to practice

Eagles Injury Update: Mathews and Matthews to return to practice

If you're searching for some good news following the Eagles' dismal 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday afternoon, here it is. 

Jordan Matthews (ankle) and Ryan Mathews (knee) are going to return to practice this week, head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. 

Ryan Mathews, who suffered an MCL sprain against Seattle, has missed the last two weeks. The Eagles averaged just 77 yards rushing in those two losses, going with Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner. 

Jordan Matthews, who has been the Eagles' best and most consistent receiver this season, suffered an ankle sprain against the Packers and was inactive on Sunday against the Bengals. It was the first game he ever missed in college or in the NFL. 

Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, who injured his midsection and got X-rays during the game, has an oblique contusion, according to Pederson. Green-Beckham is sore and will be held from practice on Wednesday, but Pederson expects him to be "OK" for the Washington game on Sunday. 

Pederson said right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is "coming along," but isn't yet ready to return. 

"He's going to do a little more this week, not from a practice standpoint but from a rehab standpoint, and he's doing good," Pederson said. "But we'll see where he is again later in the week."

In Vaitai's absence, left guard Allen Barbre has shifted from left guard to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski has replaced him at left guard.