Whoa. Talk about a splash. The Sixers have reportedly traded Jrue Holiday and their 42nd overall tonight for Kentucky's Nerlens Noel and the Pelicans 1st round pick in 2014, according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski.
We answered half of your questions in the first mailbag this week (see story).
But there are plenty more to go.
With free agency just around the corner, let's not waste any time jumping into today's questions:
I don't think so.
Yeah, moving on from Connor Barwin is going to be tough. He's a great guy and has been a tremendous asset in the community. His foundation is amazing. But on the field, his production dropped while his price tag soared. That's a problem.
Barwin has said publicly that he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philly. He's a smart guy and knew there's no way the Eagles are going to keep him around with an $8.35 million cap hit, especially when they can save $7.75 million of that if they cut him. ... So maybe they would keep him at a reduced rate. There's logic in that, but it's time to move on. I don't think Barwin would really want to stay for the pay cut it would probably take.
Right now, Barwin is blocking Vinny Curry from seeing significant playing time. And while Curry didn't have a good year in 2016, he's getting paid a lot, so it's time to see if he can live up to that contract.
And for Barwin, while he loves Philly and has made this his home, he deserves to be in a defense that fits him better.
@DZangaroCSN when do you expect the eagles to make more cuts— Daniel Tashman (@Tashy906) February 21, 2017
I'm a little surprised more haven't come already. To me, this likely means the Eagles are trying to exhaust any trade options first. Why cut a guy if you can get some kind of return, even a late-round or conditional pick?
There's no real harm in waiting right now, and maybe the team will find a trade partner for one of their players on the chopping block.
@DZangaroCSN If there was an expansion draft and the Eagles could only protect 5 guys, which 5 guys would you protect?— Drew (@DrewTweetsNow) February 21, 2017
I always like these hypotheticals from Drew. Basically, I'd keep the youngest and most-talented players:
Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, Jordan Hicks, Malcolm Jenkins.
Wentz, Cox and Johnson were pretty easy. Then I really struggled. Jenkins is the oldest guy on the list, but he's so important to the team. I left off Brandon Graham and Zach Ertz and Brandon Brooks and Jordan Matthews, which I'm not so sure about. This was harder than I anticipated.
@DZangaroCSN Will A.Barbre be ready to play in the fall?— (((@peacebw/u))) (@lbridges1212) February 21, 2017
I guess you're talking about Allen Barbre's hamstring injury. Yeah, barring something I don't know about, he should be completely healed and ready to go.
Here's something to think about, though: Barbre will be 33 when the 2017 season starts and I wouldn't put him down in pen as the starter at left guard next year. If Jason Kelce is still on the team, he'll be the center, but why not let Isaac Seumalo battle for the left guard job?
If Seumalo wins the spot, then Barbre is still a relatively inexpensive and really good backup option.
@DZangaroCSN Are people underestimating how important Jason Kelce is in calling the protections at the line?— Jason Peders (@JasonPeders) February 21, 2017
I honestly think Jason Kelce is better than most fans in this city think. People see him get blown up a few times in a year — really blown up — and think he's an awful player. He's not. No, he can't go 1-on-1 with nose tackles, but he's still great at getting downfield and into the second level.
And then there's the importance of the center. I don't know exactly how important he is in terms of calling the shots on the line, but he didn't miss a single snap in 2016. I know cutting or trading Kelce would save significant cap space, but I wouldn't do it. The Eagles have shown they'll do whatever it takes to develop Wentz; I think keeping his veteran center for a second year would help.
The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. next Wednesday.
Two clubs that have been in Philadelphia quite a bit this month are the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.
The Avs, who are dead last in the NHL, have been trying to move Gabriel Landeskog and/or Matt Duchene for quite a while. They would love to do a deal with the Flyers, according to an NHL source.
Colorado is looking for a top forward and defensive help. A number of NHL clubs realize the Flyers have a slew of young upcoming defensemen and not all of them are going to be able to play here, certainly at the same time.
The Kings are in search of a left wing who might be a nice fit with Anze Kopitar, but the Flyers don’t have a left wing they can part with and, frankly, would love to have a scoring winger themselves to pair with Claude Giroux.
Some of the 10 clubs here on Wednesday night are in need of a backup goalie for a playoff run. Perhaps even the Kings, if Jonathan Quick doesn’t return soon. L.A. waived Jeff Zatkoff on Wednesday.
Scouts say there is a market for Michal Neuvirth right now if the Flyers want to move him. He’s been playing a lot and he’s been very sharp and healthy, which is always a factor when talking about him.
Neuvirth made his fifth consecutive start in Wednesday’s game against the Capitals and is expected in net Saturday night at Heinz Field for the Stadium Series game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Flyers need a goaltender under contract to expose in this summer’s expansion draft and both Neuvirth and Steve Mason can be unrestricted free agents.
Zatkoff could be that guy if the Flyers claimed him and moved one of their goalies now.
If you’re general manager Ron Hextall, the Flyers' numbers offer a compelling reason to be a seller: 3-6-1 since coming out of the All-Star break and 9-15-4 since the club’s 10-game win streak in mid-December.