Flyers Ride Wave of Momentum into Toronto, Face Opponent Riding Wave of Momentum

Flyers Ride Wave of Momentum into Toronto, Face Opponent Riding Wave of Momentum

If the Flyers are looking to the future in their crease,
they have a funny way of showing it. Despite trading for Steve Mason on Wednesday,
Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start the second half of a back-to-back against
the Toronto Maple Leafs, bringing his streak of consecutive starts to 22.

One would think Mason might get the opportunity to prove his
worth right away given the circumstances. If he was acquired for no other
reason,
it was to give Bryz a breather, one he could surely use tonight.

I suppose this Mason guy might be tired from being on the
road a lot recently, flying into Philadelphia from Columbus so he could join the
team on their trip to Toronto. All Bryzgalov has been doing in the meantime is
PLAYING 22 GAMES IN A ROW.

In all seriousness, there are probably several reasons why
Peter Laviolette sticks with Bryz tonight, one of which is Mason hasn’t even
had a chance to practice with his new teammates yet. Broad Street Hockey has
some troubling numbers on goalies playing both parts of a back-to-back though.

Bryz hasn’t exactly had success against the Leafs this year,
either, posting a 0-2 record, 4.98 goals against average, and .800 save
percentage. Yikes.

Elsewhere on the ice, two more recent additions should be
making their debuts in Orange & Black. Jay Rosehill was brought in so guys
like Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux won’t have to drop the gloves, while
journeyman forward Adam Hall was claimed off waivers to fill the void left by
the injury to Max Talbot.

Talbot is out for the year with a broken leg suffered in the
win over Washington on Sunday.

The Flyers are finally on a roll having won their third in a
row for the first time all season, but a tough task awaits them in Toronto. The
Maple Leafs are 5-0-3 in their last eight, with all three overtime losses
coming in shootouts. They’re also fresh, not having played since Saturday.

Consider it a test. Are the Flyers really clawing their way
back into postseason contention, or are their seven points out of the last
possible eight just a cruel tease? We shall see.

Previously: Obligatory Check-in: James van Riemsdyk Goes Cold

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Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Wentz had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

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Eagles to receive just under $8 million in salary cap carryover for 2017

Eagles to receive just under $8 million in salary cap carryover for 2017

The Eagles are getting salary cap help. Just not quite as much as they expected.  

The NFL Players Association announced the official 2017 salary-cap carryover figures on Wednesday, and the Eagles will receive $7,933,869 in extra cap space this coming year on top of the unadjusted salary cap figure that every team begins the offseason with.

The NFL’s official 2017 salary cap figure hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s expected to be somewhere in the $166 to $170 million range, up from a record-$155.3 million in 2016.

Under terms of the CBA, teams can receive credit in each year’s salary cap for cap space that went unused the previous season. This creates an adjusted cap figure that can vary by tens of millions of dollars per team.

The Eagles under former team president Joe Banner were the first to use this once-obscure technique in the late 1990s. Today, every team uses it to some extent.

The more carryover money a team gets, the more it has to spend relative to the combined cap figures of players under contract the coming year.

The NFLPA originally estimated in the fall that the Eagles would receive $8.25 million in carryover money, so the new figure is about $316,000 less than originally expected.

It’s also the ninth-highest of the 32 teams, although below the average of $9.18 million. That’s because the top few carryover figures are so much ridiculously higher than the average (Browns $50.1 million, 49ers $38.7 million, Titans $24.0 million).

According to salary cap data tracker Spotrac, the Eagles have 52 players under contract for 2017 with a total combined cap figure of $158,040,710.

With an $168 million unadjusted cap, the Eagles would have an adjusted cap figure of $175,933,869.

They have $7,055,933 in dead money, mainly from trading Sam Bradford ($5.5 million) and Eric Rowe ($904,496) but also from departed players such as Andrew Gardner ($250,000), Josh Huff ($138,986) and Blake Countess ($98,678).

Subtract the 2017 contract obligations – the $158,040,710 figure – along with the dead money – the $7,055,033 figure – and that leaves the Eagles with roughly $10.84 million in cap space.

That figure may not include some 2016 bonuses that have not yet been made public. And it doesn’t include, for example, a $500,000 pay raise Peters got by triggering a contract escalator.

So that reduces the $10.84 million figure to $10.34 million.

From there, about $4 ½ million or so will go to the 2017 rookie pool.

So that leaves the Eagles currently with somewhere in the ballpark of $6 million in cap space.

Now, the Eagles will obviously be able to increase that number by releasing players.

They would more than double their cap space just by releasing Connor Barwin, who has a $8.35 million cap number but would cost only $600,000 in dead money for a cap savings of $7.75 million.

Jason Peters ($9.2 million), Jason Kelce ($3.8 million), Ryan Mathews ($4 million), Leodis McKelvin ($3.2 million) and Mychal Kendricks ($1.8 million) would also clear large amounts of cap space.

So for example by releasing Barwin, Kelce, McKelvin and Mathews, they would increase their cap space by a whopping $18.75 million. 

Of course, then the Eagles have to think about replacing those players with cheaper versions while still trying to build a playoff roster.

Whatever happens, the Eagles are in a unique position as they enter the 2017 offseason, with far less cap flexibility than other years.

“Yeah, it's unusual, certainly since I've been here, to have a more challenging situation,” vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said earlier this month.

“But part of our job in the front office is to look at this over a long period of time. So as we sit here today, it isn't like the first time that we are looking at that situation, and we'll do whatever's best for the football team.”