Ladies, he's a looker.
After they buy out Briere and Bryz, of course.
The Flyers, who just signed 35-year old defenseman Mark Streit to a four-year, $21 million deal, are reportedly the frontrunners to land Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier via trade. The Kings apparently have reached out to at least 10 teams about their interest in trading for the goalie, who has been Johnathan Quick's backup for the last few seasons. It makes complete sense given that Bernier's agent is the same agent as Claude Giroux's, who has begun negotiating a contract extension with the Flyers. The agent, Pat Brisson, also represents Mark Streit, who the Flyers signed to a pretty ridiculous contract, which won't be official until the team moves under the salary cap after amnestying Bryz and Briere.
Bernier will become a restricted free agent after this season, so whoever trades for him will acquire his rights to negotiate a new contract. The Flyers did the same thing with Ilya Bryzgalov two years ago before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent. Bernier will likely see a raise of his $1.25 million cap hit, but not nearly the same as Bryz's cap hit. The Flyers would likely have to trade Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, or Sean Couturier with prospects and/or draft picks to land Bernier. I think it's worth it.
Other teams interested in Bernier that have been made public are the Leafs and Islanders.
Common sense should've taken over for 790 The Zone's Stephen Shapiro, Nick Cellino, and Chris Dimino [those suspiciously sound like Italian names, bringing more shame indeed], but common sense flew out the window yesterday when these idiots had a segment in which they made fun of former Saints player Steve Gleason, who is currently battling the debilitating disease, ALS. The station released a statement on the firings: [790 The Zone]
"We deeply regret the offensive programming that aired this morning on “Mayhem In The AM” on 790 The Zone, related to former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment. 790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS."
You can hear the audio after the jump.
If you're not hot I don't care about you— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) June 15, 2013
I feel like I'm being punked by the amount of hate from ugly dudes and women. I don't know you and don't know what you're talking about!— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) June 15, 2013
Lohan Bynes was apparently wearing a dress with a security tag still hanging from her dress and smelled of alcohol. No shit.
I'm thinking that All That segment of "Dear Ashley" did Bynes more damage than we think.
Party on, rock star.
Yesterday, the Flyers acquired 35-year old defenseman, Mark Streit, in exchange for Shane Harper (awesome dude) and a 2014 fourth round draft pick. Streit is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5th (not July 1st), so the Flyers are going to try and lock him up to improve their defense for the next season before then.
One problem. While Streit would improve the team this coming season, the effects of signing him could not be in the best interest of the team or the fans. According to reports, Streit wanted at least $5.5 million a year commitment from the Islanders, a team in which he wanted to stay with, but the Islanders would only commit to a $5 million per year deal for three years. Streit's thinking is he can easily get that for four or even five years from another team. So, signing Streit would begin a domino effect that may not turn into gold for the Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]
If Streit thinks he can get that on the free agent market, though, he's going to try. He had loyalty to the Islanders -- he captained them and earlier expressed a willingness to stay -- and still left town because he felt he could get more money. He has no loyalty to the Flyers. He will not be giving Paul Holmgren a discount. That means the only way the Flyers are going to sign him is if they meet his demands.
His demands could prevent the Flyers from making other changes to bolster their team [which is immediately necessary], so signing Streit would almost immediately signify buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, a smart person would think. It'll be interesting to see how these negotiations play out, but I have a feeling they won't play out to the Flyers' advantage. Again.
Cool scouting report via Crossing Broad after the jump.
It's troubling for the PGA that almost half of the U.S. Open's regularly attending 40K-45K people will attend the U.S. Open this year. Concessions and merchandise are the biggest losers, expecting to incur a $10 million loss overall this weekend. [Golf Channel]
"I don't think we'll make up for the loss," said Sarah Hirshland, senior managing directors of business affairs for the USGA, according to the report. "Clearly these line items will look different this year."
But, wait! We have wicker baskets that could make up for it.
"There's sort of this mystique around that wicker basket that is driving incredible interest and demand on the merchandise side," added Hirshland. "We certainly could mitigate the loss."
People love them some logos.
Jason Leffler crashed earlier today at the Bridgeport Speedway in Gloucester County, and was pronounced dead a few minutes ago. [NBC Philadelphia]
Officials say 37-year-old Jason Leffler crashed during a sprint car race at the Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey on Wednesday. Leffler had to be extricated from his vehicle and was taken by medevac to Cooper Trauma Center where he later died from his injuries.
Not that Eagles flight, either. Good for Jason. USA Today reported it first.
The arresting officer wrote in his report that he observed two cars stopped next to each other at a red light take off at a high rate of speed when the light turned green, as if they were drag racing. The officer went to pull over both cars, and while one driver stopped immediately, the other driver (Peters) fled. The officer says Peters went more than 100 miles an hour during the chase, although he did eventually stop.
This begs the question, how many professional athletes actually get away with doing this? The answer is a lot.