Eagles Shaking Things Up

The Eagles have been relatively quiet this offseason with their plans for the future like most NFL teams are until after the draft. The Eagles decided to be different than other NFL team, just like they have been since being under the leadership of Chip Kelly. They decided not to wait until the draft to start shaking things up and making fans emotional.

The Eagles first move was to release offensive lineman Todd Herramans. This was definitely a tough release for the higher-ups in the Eagles organization as Herramans was the longest tenured player on the Eagles roster. Although Herramans was injured for a little bit this past season, he was a part of the Eagles athletic offensive line. This isn’t huge, but it is nothing to sneeze at as the Eagles need to find another quality guard to fill in his spot. Good luck to the Toddfather on wherever he lands in the NFL.

Then on March 2nd, the Eagles added some much-needed linebacker depth in Brad Jones. Jones signed a 2-year contract with the Eagles. Jones was a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft, made 36 starts in 76 appearances, made 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 6 passes defended, and 186 tackles in his 6 year tenure with the Green Bay Packers. Just like the Herramans move, this doesn’t seem like a big move but it is due to fellow linebackers Demeco Ryans coming off of a torn Achilles and Casey Matthews being a free agent. This is a smart move to add depth to the linebacking core.

On March 3rd, the Eagles released both linebacker Trent Cole and cornerback Cary Williams. Cole has been on the Eagles for 10 years and is a 32 year old veteran. The reason for this release is due to Cole and the Eagles not being able to agree on restructuring Cole’s deal for Cole to receive more money. The Eagles also releases cornback Cary Williams on March 3rd. The release comes a year before Williams’ 3 year contract was set to expire. It seemed clear that the Eagles were ready to get rid of him after this season as his play wasn’t up to the standard he was held at when he came in. The only good thing I can say about Cary Williams is that he was durable through he 2 years in Philly as he started 32 games for the Eagles.

These moves are just the beginning of what is expected to be a crazy offseason for the Eagles. With Chip Kelly in charge as head coach and as the head of the player personnel department, the Eagles team we know now will be very different come opening kickoff of this upcoming season.

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Eagles Blockbuster Trade

Holy shit, that really happened. The Eagles just turned the NFL on its ear with the reported trade of star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. First off, this trade was indeed shocking due to the timing of it, the team, and the even-keeled scale of the trade. This trade is a straight up deal, it is a one for one player which is shocking due the caliber of LeSean McCoy.

The trade is not official due to NFL free agency not starting until March 10th. The first person to report this trade was ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is done but McCoy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has other things to say about this move. Rosenhaus tweeted, “There is no trade for LeSean at this time. There have been discussions but nothing finalized.” The Eagles have also become quiet after this was reported, but the deal is expected to be official next week.

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LeSean McCoy was first drafted as a Philadelphia in the 2009 NFL draft. McCoy had quite a career in Philly as he started 76 games, with 1,461 attempts for 6,792 yards and 44 touchdowns during a 6 year career. Shady McCoy also was no scrub in the passing game as he caught 300 passes for 2,282 yards and 10 touchdowns. This move is also a good thing because McCoy’s contract had 2 years left on his and between those 2 years the salary added up to $14.5 million. Also, the trade will save the Eagles $7.5 million in 2015 and $50 million in salary cap. The replacement for starting running back can be either Darren Sproles, Chris Polk, or starter by committee. This is bitter sweet to say goodbye to McCoy for me as he is my favorite player and I did meet him. To make this short, thank you LeSean McCoy for your tremendous play as a Philadelphia Eagle.

Linebacker Kiko Alonzo is a solid pickup as he adds another possible top-notch linebacker along with Mychal Kendricks, Alonzo is no stranger of Chip Kelly as he is yet another Oregon alum added to the Eagles roster. The one down thing about getting Alonzo is that he is coming off an ACL injury that forced him to miss the entire 2014 season. Before the injury, Alonzo had an outstanding 2013 season as he started and played all 16 games in 2013, made 159 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions.

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The trade certainly should be a wake-up call to the whole Eagles roster that no one has a secure long term spot. The trade also shows that we are officially in the Chip Kelly Era of Philadelphia Eagles football.

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Goulbourne signs ELC

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed forward Tyrell Goulbourne to a 3-year entry level contract.

photo credit: nj.com/flyers

photo credit: nj.com/flyers

Goulbourne was the Flyers 3rd round selection in the 2013 entry draft, 72nd overall. He is currently playing on the league leading Kelowna Rockets of the WHL where he has 17 goals and 21 assists this season.

Hockey’s Future has described his game as a player who “plays an abrasive style and uses his strength to advantage” and that he has “shown some scoring ability on one of junior hockey’s highest scoring teams”.

Look for Goulbourne to possibly join the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the end of the WHL playoffs, and then start next season either in the AHL on the Phantoms, or with the Reading Royals in the ECHL

Trade Deadline Recap

After seeing over 20 trades today, the focus has been moved to the playoffs and the draft. I’ll be going over some of the bigger trades over the past week, but first, we’ll start with the Flyers moves.

photo credit: @NHLFlyers twitter

photo credit: @NHLFlyers twitter

The first Flyers move was trading defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in return for two draft picks. This has been covered here, and our reactions can be found here. This was followed by moving Timonen’s usual defensive partner Braydon Coburn. Coburn was moved to Tampa Bay for 2 draft picks and Radko Gudas. This trade was also previously covered. The Flyers now have $4.9M in free cap space after these deals. It should also be noted that Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has signed a $1.425M 2-year extension with an AAV of $712,500.

To sum it up, the Flyers acquired Radko Gudas, a 1st round pick (TBL), 2nd round pick (CHI), 3rd round pick (TBL), and a conditional 4th round pick (CHI) for Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn.

Toronto trades Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville for Olli Jokinen, Brendan Leipsic, and a 2015 first round pick

It was an early trade but many still consider the Cody Franson trade as a deadline deal, so I will as well. Both Franson and Santorelli were former Predators and have returned to Nashville for a playoff run. Jokinen was then later traded to the Blues for a condtional 6th round pick.

Carolina trades Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles for Roland McKeown and a conditional 1st round pick

The Los Angeles Kings showed that they are 100% looking towards another late season playoff push by acquiring Sekera. The conditions on the 1st round pick is that if the Kings miss the playoffs, the pick is their 2016 pick. If the Kings make the playoffs, it’s their 2015 pick.

New Jersey trades Jaromir Jagr to Florida for two draft picks

The Panthers are trying to overtake Boston as the final wild card playoff team in the East and to help their chances they went out and got Jaromir Jagr. The 43 year old was more than ready to get out of New Jersey and the Panthers just had to give up a 2015 2nd round pick & 2016 3rd round pick.

Arizona trades Antoine Vermette to Chicago for Klas Dahlbeck and a 1st round pick

After acquiring Kimmo Timonen, the Blackhawks added another veteran in Antoine Vermette. Vermette had seemingly been the most sought after forward at the deadline and the Hawks moved a defensive prospect and a 1st round pick to get him. He’s slated to play on the 2nd line with a lot better wingers than he had in Arizona which should help his offensive production.

Arizona trades Keith Yandle to the Rangers for John Moore, Anthony Duclair, a conditional 2016 1st round pick, and a 2015 2nd round pick

This is probably my favorite trade of the deadline because both teams get what they need for where their seasons are. Duclair is a stud of a player who has shown great chemistry with Arizona prospect Max Domi at the World Juniors this past tournament and the Rangers also benefit by getting Keith Yandle, who was arguably the top available defenseman, for a deep playoff run.

Columbus trades James Wisniewski and a 3rd round draft pick to Anaheim for William Karlsson, Rene Bourque, and a 2nd round pick

Anaheim has added two good defenseman today, after acquiring Simon Despres from Pittsburgh for Lovejoy, they have now added Wisniewski. From the Blue Jackets perspective, they get a good, young forward in Karlsson and Rene Bourque who could maybe pick his game up all of a sudden like they’re hoping David Clarkson does. The 3rd round draft pick that the Blue Jackets traded was originally Detroit’s.

One trade I left out of this was the biggest trade this season, it just came a bit too early to be considered a “deadline” deal but it sure looks like one. The trade I’m talking about is the Evander Kane deal of course, which you can read about here.

Here’s a list of all trades completed today, as well as the whole season.

Breaking down the Braydon Coburn trade

Braydon Coburn has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lighting in exchange for Radko Gudas, a 2015 first round pick, and a 2015 3rd round pick

photo credit: spokeo.com

photo credit: spokeo.com

Chris Johnson had suggested that the Flyers were going to make a late night/early morning trade and he was definitely right. Almost directly after it was announced that the Lightning moved Brett Connolly to Boston, it became official that Coburn was moved to Tampa Bay.

In return, the Flyers acquired defenseman Radko Gudas, a 2015 first round pick, and a 2015 3rd round pick. Before I go any further into this, just be aware that we will probably not see Gudas this season due to knee surgery. Gudas, 24, has two goals and three assists in 31 games this season. The 2015 first round pick is Tampa Bay’s unless they miss the playoffs and win the draft lottery, which is unlikely. If that would happen, the Flyers would get the New York Rangers 1st round pick that they had traded last season to get Martin St.Louis.

With this trade, Claude Giroux is now the only player remaining from the 2010 playoffs. Ray Emery was also on the roster, but was injured

We react to the Timonen trade

Kimmo Timonen has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2nd round pick in 2015 and a conditional pick in 2016. Puttin Timonen in a position to win a Stanley Cup in his final games in the NHL.

With the news, Flyers twitter erupted with emotional responses to the trade. Responses ranged from understanding of why Hextall made the move to calling Hextall more evil than Holmgren.

We here at Evening the Score can’t help but voice our opinions on the very emotional trade.

Brad- “Wow, Kimmo Timonen isn’t a Flyer…that’s just. That’s just crazy. Less than 24 hours before he was going to make his return, he’s traded to Chicago. I like the trade though, as much as I wish he could play again as a Flyer, I do like the trade. Kimmo gets a chance to play on a cup contender in Chicago, and we get a 2nd round pick. If Chicago makes the Stanley Cup Finals, that turns into two 2nd round picks (2015 and 2016). That’s actually a real good return for a guy who is going to retire after this year, and hasn’t played since last season. It really sucks, but at the same time it’s good for us, and Kimmo. Class act, wish nothing but the best for him – and Go Blackhawks”

Kathleen- I” honestly have no words right now. Kimmo was one of my favorite players ever. He was not only a great person and active in the community, but he was a smart player. Believe it or not, Brad was the one I found out from. As soon as I heard the news I was shocked. I expected it to be coming, I’d even told my dad I was expecting a trade tonight. But it didn’t feel like it would be Kimmo even though everyone knew it was a possibility. He’s Kimmo. No matter what, everyone rooted for Kimmo. We all were ready for 8 pm puck drop. We were all ready to be there, whether sitting with 20,000 others wearing orange or at our homes, we were ready. It seems so unreal still. Hell, I was about to buy tickets for myself and a friend before I got the text.

But no matter what, it’s the logistics of hockey. Kimmo more than likely had a role in initiating the trade. And while it hurts to see him go, we need to remember his goal. The Cup. And sorry to break it to everyone, but this year is not our year. It’s for the best. It hurts, but he’s healthy. That’s all that it boils down to. A healthy player getting his last chance at a Cup.
And hopefully he gets it. “
Aj- “I’m torn between hating it and not watching the rest of the season, and loving it just for Timonen’s sake. It’s good for everyone, even though Hawks fans seem to grossly underestimate Timonen’s ability which is annoying as hell. I’ve already said my piece, for the most part. Again I hope he wins the Cup with the Blackhawks, as gross as that sounds. Good Finnish God of Defense.”
There are also some of the best twitter reactions and initial thoughts.:

And of Course Timonen’s final words to Philly…  

The conditional pick is a 4th round pick but becomes a 2nd round pick if the Blackhawks  win two rounds and Timonen plays 50% of their games. If Chicago wins three rounds with Timonen playing 50% of the third series, it’ll become a 2nd round pick.

 

Flyers trade Kimmo Timonen

We’ve been talking about the possibility of Kimmo Timonen being traded away to a cup contending team ever since he announced that he would be returning this season. Now the predictions have come true and it’s much harder to accept than we could have anticipated. Timonen was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2015 2nd round pick and a conditional pick in 2016.

We waited intently every week for an announcement of Timonen’s status after receiving treatment for blood clots that kept him out most of the season. We rejoiced when he announced that he would definitely be coming back to finish the season, and we were also saddened by the news that this would be his final season, even though we kind of knew that before. We watched as the veteran defenseman skated on his own for weeks getting back into playing shape and then last week when he started practicing with his teammates again. Yesterday Timonen decided that his return date would be this Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center. We were all set to celebrate his return with a whole stadium chant. It was going to be amazing and heartwarming and it was gonna bring a tear to everyone’s eye and we would all be sad and happy; now we’re just sad.

We all knew that Timonen wanted to have a long last stretch of games, he wanted to go out in the best possible way and the Flyers were not going to get him that big final season that he wanted. We did hope that he would be traded to the Nashville Predators, where he began his career, under Laviolette for a nice neat ending to his career. Since the Predators have been a favorite to make it to the Stanley Cup, it would’ve been nice to see Timonen get there. Perhaps that trade would have happened had Timonen been healthy just a few days earlier, but the Predators acquired Cody Franson from the Leafs eliminating any defensive needs they may have had. Recently it’s also been a possibility that the Flyers could have pulled off a miracle and made a wildcard spot with amazing luck. Timonen definitely would have helped the Flyers run, but with their recent trend of losing to teams at the bottom of the League, making the playoffs has seemed more unrealistic.

Kimmo Timonen has been an amazing athlete for Philadelphia. He will be sorely missed by teammates and fans alike, especially fans. He may not be wearing orange and black anymore, but he will always be a Flyer. We hope that he comes back for a day next season to retire in Philadelphia, we hope that the Blackhawks can do for him what the Flyers never did. Although it is somewhat disgusting to say, I have never wanted the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup more than I do now.

Good luck Kimmo Timonen, Finnish God of Defense, we’ll miss you.

 

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