Tag: general managers

Philadelphia Flyers search for General Manager continues

Per TSN Insider the reports that Philadelphia has been actively shopping a new GM is very true. The Flyers fired four year general manager Ron Hextall. Hextall walked into an absolute mess in 2014, he was left with some terrible contracts like Mark Streit, Michael Del Zotto, Andrew MacDonald, and Steve Mason. Hextall managed to shed all these players contracts expect MacDonald. Well things did get better for the Flyers they made the playoffs two years under Hextall and posted an above .500 record every season he was in charge. Hextall was pressured year after year to go out and get a goalie. Well not much happened, the team has been struggling in between the pipes and it seems that the higher ups had enough. They noticed the team struggling early on this season, partially due to goaltending again and cut ties with Hextall. 

Who lands in the GM job next for Philadelphia?

But who is going to be the Flyers new GM? There have been many names thrown around but it is said that the Flyers do have four main targets and one of those names is Chuck Fletcher. Who has a long history of Assistant General Manager and General Manager jobs since 1993, his longest run is with the Minnesota Wild where he was on and off General Manager/ Ex. VP of Hockey Operations from 2009-2018, Chuck is now the Senior Advisor for the New Jersey Devils. Another name on the list is Steve Yzerman, who stepped down from the Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager job to be the Senior Advisor. Yzerman spent four season with Detroit after playing with them and eight years with the Lightning as well he was General Manager for Team Canada. Ron Francis the Carolina Hurricanes recent GM was on this list as well. Another name thrown around due to his relationship with Daniel Briere was Chris Drury. 

https://www.tsn.ca/video/insider-trading-rumours-swirl-as-nylander-deadline-draws-closer~1550478/insider-trading-rumours-swirl-as-nylander-deadline-draws-closer~1550478

The next GM is clearly going to be a tenured, experienced person who has many years under their belt. If the Flyers go with experience it seems that Chuck Fletcher may be the guy if not but if they do another route they have spoke to Mark Hunter as well. As for now, we will wait and see…

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NFL: Football is back.

The time where being a slob on Sundays is acceptable to the world. A time of pushing off family, friends, obligations, girlfriends, wives to sit back and watch football is acceptable. Painted faces, hundred dollar jerseys, and tailgates in below freezing temperatures is acceptable. Fabricated thoughts of teams, through all the good and bad times it is all okay because NFL Football is back. And the time to be an “NFL Analyst” is back.

Think about it, we as fans sit back and watch every little move that goes on in games, we shout our frustrations on Twitter and Facebook. We yell at the TV, we get into arguments with colleagues and friends, that we may not even realize we are doing. We associate ourselves as “us” when speaking about our favorite team, we think we can be a general manager, head coach, offensive coach, defensive coach, WR, QB, RB, all at once. After watching the same team for so many years, growing a relationship and connection with players, coaches and fans, may seem odd or ill advised by some, but don’t listen to those people. Because it is impossible not to associate oneself as “we” with the team.

At times we may actually be completely wrong but we shall never admit it, never admit defeat and always stay true and loyal to our word, predictions, and team. To continue this on going fantasy of believing we can be general managers and or coaches, we satisfy our needs by creating fantasy football teams, continuous research, listening, reading and dissecting news to create the perfect team. To be the perfect manager to be the general manager/coach of the year and win the league.  

Once our fantasy team fails mid way through the season, we shall never stop supporting the guys on the field that we have grown to love. If our frustrations are not laminated enough on social media, we revert to blog spaces to critique our teams and fans. We continue to fuel this NFL Analyst fantasy, by thinking we our experts because we write a 500-word article about our favorite team’s mishaps, blunders and what can be done differently.

This time, this short gap where all this comes together and is deemed acceptable and normal by the public(most people), cherish it because, as sports may seem to stray some people apart it simply brings us together as one. The love we all share for our teams, cities, and players, bring us together. It allows people to come together as one and share one common goal, the love for football and to always think we are NFL Analysts.