When you're talking about Ryan Howard, it's always big news. When you're talking about that much money, it's ginormous news.
$18 million is nearly double the the figure he was awarded last year in arbitration, which would be some raise for the slugger. Cannot deny the numbers or the impact he has just from being in the lineup, but that's a huge jump for a hitter who was batting below .200 until June practically. The Phillies offer surprisingly didn't come in too cheap, but the $14 million price tag is quite a difference.
Howard's number was the third highest ever requested since the arbitration began in 1974.
(Update: Joe Blanton avoids arbitration with a 1 year deal worth $5.475 million.)
Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.
Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.
Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.
Get this guy season tickets! (Just kidding, we don't endorse this kind of behavior and almost don't find it funny at all)
A man who if you were kind of drunk could almost look like Larry Bird's second cousin was ejected from the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for showing a bit of negative emotion directed at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Kids, if you're reading at home, stop....
earmuffs ** He flipped him the double bird ** earmuffs
The fan was later removed from his seat and probably told to act like a decent human.