Flyers Defensive Issues Not for Lack of Spending, Thats for Sure

Flyers Defensive Issues Not for Lack of Spending, Thats for Sure

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What’s more depressing than the Flyers’ glaring deficiencies
along the blue line? The fact that only one club in the NHL has more money
invested in the position – and that doesn’t even include Chris Pronger’s salary.

Fred Poulin of The Hockey Writers rounded up a list of the most
expensive defensive brigades
in hockey, and even with Pronger excluded because
he’s on long-term injured reserve, the Flyers’ have the second-most expensive top
seven in the league. Have a look:

2. Philadelphia Flyers – $23.708 million

Kimmo
Timonen – $6,333,333

Braydon
Coburn – $4,500,000
Andrej
Meszaros – $4,000,000
Luke Schenn
– $3,600,000
Nicklas
Grossmann – $3,500,000
Kurtis
Forster – $950,000
Bruno Gervais – $825,000

With the exception of Foster, all seven plus Pronger are
signed through at least next season, too, which makes you wonder how much of this
picture is even open to change over the next six months or so. Timonen’s small decrease
in pay for 2013-14 ($333,333K) won’t provide much relief, either.

Is anybody out there going to willingly take on that figure
for Meszaros, even if it is just for one more year? Coburn, Schenn, and
Grossmann are all under contract until 2016, and the latter two have generally
played well this season – is moving any one of them going to be an option?

I know this opinion is in the minority, but I still believe
they should be able to “get by” with this group plus some of their prospects.
There’s no doubt it isn’t working at the moment though, but the real question
is how do the Flyers go about fixing it?

>> The Ten Most Expensive Defensive Brigades In The NHL [THW]

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson, Wendell Smallwood back at practice

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson, Wendell Smallwood back at practice

Right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Wendell Smallwood were both back at Eagles practice Tuesday.
 
Johnson missed the Panthers game with a concussion he suffered against Cardinals, and Smallwood missed the last two games after hurting his knee against the Chargers.
 
Practice was closed Tuesday and the Eagles are not required to release an injury report until Thursday because of the long week, but a team official confirmed that Johnson practiced — which means he was cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol by an approved neurosurgeon.
 
Johnson was not in the locker room during the period it was open to the media, but Smallwood said he did practice without limitations and hopes to play against the Redskins Monday night.
 
"It's been coming along," Smallwood said. "Felt good these past couple days, since really after the Carolina game it started feeling good. I was full-go today, I practiced with the guys. ... I wasn't limited at all. It really didn't bother me much. I felt good today. Hopefully, later on in the week, I'll feel better as the week goes and I'll be playing Monday. I think I should be ready."
 
Smallwood rushed for 113 yards with a 3.9 average and caught seven passes for 56 yards in four games before getting hurt early in the Chargers game.
 
"Wendell obviously brings a lot to the table," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "He's that thrashing, downhill runner. He's got some explosiveness. He's a three-down back, he's good out of the backfield, he's really good in protection. It brings all those things."
 
Smallwood said he played "on adrenaline" with the injury but said his knee swelled up during the game.
 
Injuries have married Smallwood's career. He missed the last three games last year with a knee injury and missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury.
 
"I get frustrated a lot when I'm not in the game, not being out there to help and progress as the year goes on," he said. "So it frustrates me.
 
"But it happens. I've just got to suck it up and not pay attention to it. Just know I can bounce back and just try to get on the field as fast as I can."
 
Smallwood said he expects to be 100 percent Monday night in a huge divisional game against the Redskins at the Linc.
 
"I believe so," he said. "I'm not going to hold back any. I'm not going to think about it or get nervous. I have that confidence in myself. As the week's gone on, I just started feeling better about what I'm able to do."

Also, rookie cornerback Sidney Jones, who became eligible to practice Wednesday after spending the first six weeks on the reserve-non football injury list, said he did not practice. Jones has been out since suffering a torn Achilles at his pro day in March.