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Quotable: Rick Tocchet's Shootout Specialist

Quotable: Rick Tocchet's Shootout Specialist

Plenty of press focusing on the Flyers' shootout woes lately, a pretty full spectrum of opinions. Here's one we hadn't really considered before though—Rick Tocchet on the idea of rostering a shootout specialist rather than a goon. Per Frank Seravalli:

"Shootouts killed me with Tampa Bay. We were terrible at it. I was just talking to Brett Hull about this the other day, and if I ever were to get into coaching again, I think I'd rather have a specialty shooter on my team - someone that you can bring off the bench - rather than a fourth liner that might fight. Few players can have as much of an impact on your overall standing as a shootout specialist."

Where have you gone, hockey of my youth…

It seems a little crazy, but at the same time, how many of us really see the goon slot continuing to be filled? It's already tapered off, with more emphasis on guys who can fight, but must do much more.

I'd be interested in what kind of player exactly fits the shootout specialist mold though, if it exists. A lower-priced Nik Zherdev? If a trio of Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, and Danny Briere can't excel at it, the proposed position seems hard to pinpoint. Unless we're talking about the hockey version of the And 1 guys?

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White House communications director criticized for citing Joe Paterno quote about honor

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White House communications director criticized for citing Joe Paterno quote about honor

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- President Donald Trump's new communications director is getting sacked on social media for quoting Joe Paterno while making a point about honor and dignity.

Anthony Scaramucci mentioned the late Penn State football coach's oft-cited line "act like you've been there before" during a CNN interview Thursday about his push to stop leaks to the press.

Penn State fired Paterno in 2011 over his handling of child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. A university-commissioned investigation concluded Paterno and others hushed up the allegations for fear of bad publicity.

Paterno, one of college football's winningest coaches, died of lung cancer in January 2012 at 85. He was never charged with a crime.

When Paterno died, Scaramucci tweeted he'd met the coach twice and considered him an "honorable man."