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Laviolette demotes Briere at practice, promotes Read

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Ugh, it’s about time.

Sam Carchidi of the Inquirer reported that at Friday’s practice, Danny Briere had been demoted from the second line to the third, paired with Scott Hartnell and Max Talbot. Matt Read was promoted to the top line. I’m praying that this change carries over to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Penguins. Despite the terrible fact that the average yearly salary of the three forwards on the third line would would be $4.15 million, this change should have been made a month ago.

In Laviolette’s defense, the delay is somewhat understandable: Despite netting a mere 5 goals in 26 games, Briere’s been getting about 2.6 shots per game on net, which is roughly in line with his career average, and he’s suffering from the worst shooting percentage of his career (7.8%, half his 14.8% career average). So there’s some bad luck involved on the offensive end.

But Briere, who always carried a reputation as a bit of a defensive liability, has recently become such a problem in 5v5 play that his time on the ice is doing more damage than good. Opposing teams consistently take more shots than the Flyers while he is on the ice (his Corsi rating is -5.57 despite facing mediocre opposing lines). If Briere were paired with two possession-driving players this might be surmountable, but pair him with Wayne Simmonds – who has similar issues (-2.06 Corsi) but provides a physicality that cements his spot on the 2nd line – and you have a recipe for failure. Brayden Schenn is good, but he’s not good enough to make up for the defensive deficiencies of both linemates. (Learn about Corsi here, stats via behindthenet.ca)

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Around the Cooler 03/22/13 – Weekly Recap

Here’s what we’re talking about:

Phillies: Roy-pocalypse and Total Dom-ination (2:00)
Flyers: Is making a trade at the deadline a smart move? (17:30)
Eagles: We talk more Eagles offseason, Vince has a crush on Chip Kelly (30:00)

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Around the Cooler 03/15/13 – Weekly Recap

Here’s what we’re talking about:

What’s up with the Eagles’ newest free agent acquisitions? (0:00)
Are the Flyers done? (17:30)
Ransom eulogizes the 2013 76ers (32:30)

UPDATE: We taped this podcast just before news broke that OLB Connor Barwin signed a 6-year deal with the Eagles.

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Around the Cooler 03/12/13 – Bryzaster

Here’s what we’re talking about:

Hank and Nick discuss what went wrong in the 1st half of the season, who is to blame, and who deserves credit in spite of the team’s failure.

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Around the Cooler 02/22/13 – Weekly Podcast

Here’s what we’re talking about:
The trade deadline: “What the $%@#, Sixers?!” (0:00)
Trades the Sixers should have made (18:00)
Flyers talk: Who’s performing? (25:00)
The Eagles at the Combine: What’s the best strategy? (39:00)

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Around the Cooler 02/19/13 – Discussion: NBA and NFL draft eligibility rules (are garbage)

Freshman C Nerlens Noel grimaces in pain after tearing his ACL on Feb. 12, 2013. Noel could have been a top pick in last year’s NBA draft if the current rules did not limit his eligibility

Did the NBA’s eligibility rules cost Nerlens Noel his shot at being the #1 overall pick? Should Jadeveon Clowney be playing in the NFL this year? In response to an excellent article by ESPN’s Tim Keown, Ransom and Hank discuss whether the NCAA’s amateur athlete designation and the rules that accompany it are fair, or even based in reality.

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Around the Cooler 02/10/13 – Discussion: Will the NFL exist in 30 years?

Here’s what we’re talking about: 

Bernard Pollard inadvertently creating the “Tom Brady rule” in 2008.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard: “Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it… Guys are getting fined, and they’re talking about, ‘Let’s take away the strike zone’ and ‘Take the pads off’ or ‘Take the helmets off.’ It’s going to be a thing where fans aren’t going to want to watch it anymore.” (ESPN)

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 02/02/13

Here’s what we’re talking about:
The Har-bowl! The Superbaugh! (0:00)
What’s wrong with the Flyers? (18:00)
Jrue Holiday is an All Star! (33:00)

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