Why the Flyers Traded Harry Z for Jay Rosehill

Why the Flyers Traded Harry Z for Jay Rosehill

While the Flyers are still believed to be exploring a trade
for San Jose’s Ryan Clowe,
Paul Holmgren has already pulled off one notable
move before the deadline, sending Harry Zolnierczyk to Anaheim in exchange for
Jay Rosehill. At first the move seemed like a bit of a head-scratcher, but
there was most certainly a method to the madness.

Since Jake Voracek’s fighting career is likely over – at
least for the rest of this season – the Flyers needed a tough guy to prevent
opposing players from bludgeoning Claude Giroux, or any of their players
really. Specifically they needed a “legitimate NHL heavyweight” as Tim Panaccio
puts it.

Or in other words, an enforcer.

The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Rosehill
replaces Jody Shelley as the only enforcer on the Flyers' roster. Shelley is
recovering from hip surgery. Sestito was waived last month and claimed by
Vancouver.

It's a little unusual to look at a
Flyers roster without a true heavyweight, no?

Unless you consider Jakub Voracek
that, as he stood up for Claude Giroux in taking on Washington’s Steve Oleksy
during Sunday’s 5-4 Flyer overtime win.

“It’s a little different,” Rosehill
said. “I think they got a lot of guys on this team that are playing right now
who are tough and can handle things. I know they like to have a few guys out
there who can do that thing. That’s kind of always been their tradition here.
I’m happy to be here and be one of those guys.”

Sure, toughs like Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, and Zac
Rinaldo are always willing to drop the gloves, but then that’s taking those
guys off the ice sometimes in situations where the Flyers might not want to. In
that sense Rosehill is a bit more expendable, nor do any of those other players
have quite as imposing of a presence. Don’t let the name fool you.

Harry Z was a nice try-hard with some upside, but
ultimately proved to be expendable as well.

Rosehill’s first game in Orange & Black is expected to
be on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the only team he’s played for
at the NHL level. Maybe he’d like to get reacquainted with one or two old
teammates.

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Penn State not going to College Football Playoff, likely headed to Rose Bowl

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Penn State not going to College Football Playoff, likely headed to Rose Bowl

Penn State's wild comeback win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship was not enough.

The Nittany Lions were not selected to the four-team College Football Playoff, finishing fifth in the rankings.

Undefeated Alabama takes the top spot and will play No. 4 Washington. No. 2 Clemson will face No. 3 Ohio State.

Penn State earned its signature win of the season, handing felllow Big Ten member Ohio State its only loss of the season. 

However, Penn State sputtered in the beginning of the year, losing to unranked Pittsburgh and was thrashed by Michigan — who finished sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings — 49-10.

The Nittany Lions likely will play in the Rose Bowl, facing either USC or Colorado. The official announcement will be made later Sunday.

Dario Saric halts slump with 'best game as a 76er'

Dario Saric halts slump with 'best game as a 76er'

Dario Saric came into the NBA knowing his rookie season would be one of ups and downs. He would have successes based on his talent and struggle because of the newness of the league and matchups.

Saturday’s performance against the Celtics was one of those highlight nights. Saric scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both tying career-highs, for his third double-double. He was efficient in his performance, playing 27 minutes off the bench in the Sixers' 107-106 loss.

“I thought that was his best game as a 76er,” Brett Brown said.

Saric had struggled the night before against the Magic. He barely made a dent in 16 minutes, posting just two points (1 for 5 from the field) without a single rebound. The poor showing was on his mind Saturday, as he got ready for the second game of the back-to-back. He went in early to get up extra shots, met with coaches, studied film and thought about the matchup throughout the day.

“I prepared a little bit more for this game,” Saric said. “After I have some bad rhythm of five or six, maybe, games. Now I concentrate more. I try to give my best, try to play my best, try to think before everything happens.”

Saric showed his aggressiveness in crunch time in the fourth quarter, when he scored seven points and five rebounds in eight minutes. He nailed a three to cut the Celtics' lead to 92-91 with 4:28 to play. Then with 1:09 remaining, Saric’s free throws cut the Celtics' lead to two points. On the other end of the court, he snagged the rebound off an Isaiah Thomas miss and scored a game-tying layup from Jahlil Okafor.  

“He played great,” Okafor said. “He’s working hard every day, getting used to the NBA process. It was good to see hard work paying off for him.”

Saric has been adjusting to new roles throughout the season. He was thrown into the starting power forward spot when Ben Simmons was injured, and then moved to the bench when the team acquired Ersan Ilyasova. On Saturday, Brown also played Saric at small forward in Robert Covington’s (knee) absence, a shift the Sixers may try again.

“He’s a good teammate,” Brown said. “He’s biding his time. He understands he’s a rookie. Incrementally, he’ll be given these opportunities. Tonight he did and he responded and you’re seeing continued growth.”

Saric still is early in his NBA career, and Saturday's showing was a game he can look back on and study for the rest of the season. 

“I feel like tonight … you’d walk away and say, ‘Shoot, that’s a hell of a player for playing 20 games in the NBA and he did what he just did against a hell of a team,’” Brown said. “I’m proud of what we saw all over the place from Dario.”