We’re officially off and running at the AT&T National. Two men, Adam Scott and Hunter Haas, are tied for the 18-hole lead at 4-under-par, while a whole host of others are in contention and in red numbers.
As reported by all the beat writer bros, the Flyers have announced that they will not be sending an offer sheet to restricted free agent Steven Stamkos. They won’t get him, they won’t try to get him and they’ll hang on to their next four first round draft picks in the process — at least for now.
It’s a brave, strange new world around here. Or something.
Nothing like kicking off your July 4th weekend with a little baseball in Canada. The Phils are up in the Great White North for a three game set against the Toronto Blue Jays. The big story of the weekend will be Roy Halladay’s start on Saturday, but they’ve got a game today before that highly-anticipated homecoming takes place. Kyle Kendrick 4-4, 3.23 will make a spot start and have the unenviable task of dealing with Jose Bautista. He’ll take on Ricky Romero 7-7, 2.74 who has held current Phillies to a .206 BA and a paltry .235 slugging percentage.
One of the Phillies aces took a liner to the glove hand in the fourth inning and did not return for the fifth after finishing out the frame. While it’s unfortunate that Hamels had to leave the game and that the Phils subsequently lost to the Red Sox in the final game of the three game set, the good news is that Hamels’ X-rays were negative.
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A fantastic pitching matchup in Philadelphia this afternoon as the Phillies Cole Hamels takes on the Red Sox Jon Lester. Boston will look to avoid the sweep at the hands of the first place Phils.
Phillies rookie Vance Worley held his own against the potent Red Sox lineup on Wednesday night. He also asked a clubbie to get him Dustin Pedroia’s autograph but was denied.
One angry Flyers fan has put his team loyalty up for auction on eBay… and people are actually bidding on it.
Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes…
- Stamkos Stamkos Stamkos Stamkos Stamkos Stamkos: [BSH] [SB Nation Philly] [SBNation.com] [In The Room] [Frequent Flyers] [Daily News] [Philly Sports Daily] [CSNPhilly] [Broad Street Buzz] [Inquirer]
- Ian Laperriere was interviewed about Mike Richards, and he had some interesting (okay, maybe just to me) things to say: [MayorsManor.com] [Part II]
- An argument for keeping Kris Versteeg: [Philly Reign]
- Hey, remember Pavel Brendl? Good times: [Flyers Faithful]
- Going back in the vault for Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, where the Flyers beat down the Rangers in 2004: [Flyers Faithful]
- Live chat at 2 p.m., follow this link: [Philly Sports Daily]
- Christian Ehrhoff is this year’s Dan Hamhuis. He refused to sign with the Islanders and was traded to Buffalo: [Puck Daddy]
- Semyon Varlamov will not re-sign with the Capitals, instead opting for the KHL: [Washington Times] [Puck Daddy]
- The Predators may or may not have pulled a Tallon and failed to give their RFAs qualifying offers by the deadline: [On the Forecheck] [Puck Daddy] But the NHLPA filed a grievance alleging they did: [On the Forecheck]
- Sad news, Paul Kariya announced his retirement. He also threw a parting shot at the NHL: [Puck Daddy]
- A great look at shot recording biases using handy and colorful graphs. Philly’s scorer looks pretty good: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
I think the funniest part about the press’s rush to hype this week’s Phillies-Red Sox series as a “possible World Series preview” was that the current series is already so great on its own. Even subtracting out each team’s division implications, which are significant, this series doesn’t have to mean anything other than a few nights of baseball between two great teams.On Wednesday night, the Phils won their second game of the three-game series, and with it their first series win over the Red Sox since 2003 per T-Mac on the post-game show. Through 18 innings, Phillies pitching has allowed all of one run to one of the most potent offenses in either league. After Cliff Lee shut out the Sox on Tuesday, Vance Worley allowed one run over seven before Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo closed it out with a pair of scoreless innings.Raul Ibanez led the way at the plate, giving the Phils just enough to beat John Lackey and the Red Sox by a 2-1 count. It was also a historic night for Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired tired tired of watching the Phillies lollygag their way through the first half of the season. ONLY 20 GAMES OVER .500?? GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND FIGHT, FIGHTINS.Fortunately, motivational speaker and champion pugilist Bernard Hopkins was brought in to give them the what-for before Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox.
Steven Stamkos could come to Philadelphia. He could be a Flyer. Like, it could actually happen.
We’ve been silent on the issue all week because there was so much information back and forth that it just seemed crazy, but we’re starting to get a clearer picture of things now, with both Frank Seravalli and Anthony SanFilippo reporting similar things this afternoon.
So, first: the basics. Both reporters have said that if the Flyers do indeed decide to send Stamkos an offer sheet, it would be a $115 million deal over 12 years. That’s about a $9.5 million cap hit until 2023 with a no-trade clause that would, by rule, not be able to kick in until 2017.
The Lightning can match the offer sheet, for starters. There are plenty of reports out there, most notably from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, saying that Bolts owner Jeff Vinik will certainly match any offer sheet on Stamkos. He only paid $110 million for the team when he bought them before last season, so it’s pretty funny that this could be worth more than that — but at the same time, he’s a bazillionaire and has the money to match any offer.
There are a ton of pros and a ton of cons, so let’s get right into them.
- It’s Steven Stamkos. Come on now. Picture him on a line with Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk. Like, do it. It makes you cry, doesn’t it? Happy, happy tears of joy.
- It’d be pretty funny if NHL 12 had to change its cover just a week after unveiling it.
- Even if the Flyers don’t get Stamkos, the Lightning would be forced to match the offer, running up the price on Stamkos to an ridiculous number.
- Money? Whatever.
- He doesn’t get that NTC until 2017, so if push came to shove, he could be traded if the Flyers were against a wall and things didn’t work out. It’s not as painful as the Chris Pronger trade in that regard, where it won’t almost inevitably bite the team.
- Holy shit, that’s a lot of money.
- Excuse me, but again, the Flyers can only spend $64.3 million on their team next year. If you’re giving Stamkos more than $9 million of that and you’re giving Ilya Bryzgalov $5.6 million and you’re giving Danny Briere $6.5 million and you’re giving Kimmo Timonen … I mean, there’s a point where the numbers just don’t work. Again.
- You’re giving up four first round picks to the Lightning as compensation. Four of them. One in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Yes, believe it or not, the Flyers have all of those picks to give, too.
- You’re probably giving up a whooooole lot to get him. Not just the money, not just the picks. Current roster players. There’s a cap, and somebody would have to go. Danny Briere? Some mix of a bunch of different players? Either way, you’re probably opening up a hole somewhere else (defense, somewhere else up front), and you likely won’t have the leftover cash to fill that hole.
- Say you go through the process, Tampa matches and you don’t sign him. The process is going to drag out past July 1. The Lightning can mull the offer for seven days before matching, and seven days after July 1 is July 8, and in that case, with such a thin UFA market this year, the Flyers might not have any more options when it comes to filling out the holes they already have on the roster — let alone any holes created by the moves necessary to get Stamkos.
That means that, in theory, the Flyers could send him an offer sheet, be stuck without the ability to do much for eight days because all of their eggs are in the Stamkos basket, and then he could just sign in Tampa anyway and we’d be screwed.
The bottom line is simple: every player has a price. Is this one worth it for Steven Stamkos?
Vance Worley will try to follow up Cliff Lee’s gem last night with a strong performance of his on this evening as the Phillies take on John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox.
Charles Barkley was up in Toronto to participate in Joe Carter’s golf outing and talked about the Phillies.
After managing only two hits against the Phillies on Tuesday night, the Red Sox will get some added pop to their lineup this evening. Terry Francona has opted to give slugger Adrian Gonzalez the very rare start in right field in order to make room for David Ortiz at first base. Tito talked to Boston radio this morning about the decision,