Flyers finalize roster, add Hal Gill—puck drops on Wednesday

Flyers finalize roster, add Hal Gill—puck drops on Wednesday

The Flyers had some hoops to jump through, but they managed to slip below the NHL salary cap just in time for Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline. With that hurdle cleared, the front office went back to work on adding the final pieces of the puzzle that is the club’s 23-man roster.

They wasted no time in placing Chris Pronger on long-term injured reserve as anticipated, freeing up the space to make some final moves ahead of their first scheduled game. With the cap successfully circumvented, the Flyers recalled Adam Hall from Adirondack, where the fourth-line winger was loaned until all the financial stuff could blow over.

The big news however was the official welcoming of defenseman Hal Gill to Philadelphia. Gill was with the squad during training camp on a tryout basis, and now is set to begin his 16th season in the NHL donning the Orange & Black for the first time.

Gill has always been purely a stay-at-home defender, but still a decent one considering he's 38 years of age. He should only further bolster a group of bluelines that's healthy and looks improved over last season’s unit.

Unlike Hall, Bruno Gervais was not recalled after his salary was dumped to the minors. He will remain with the Phantoms until further notice.

The other roster move of note was 19-year-old Scott Laughton making the team—for now anyway. Once again, the Flyers will have nine games to evaluate the 2012 first-round pick, after which his NHL contract will kick in. If he’s demoted before then, he’ll keep his junior eligibility.

It seems the plan is to have Laughton skate as a third-line wing, a job there was an ongoing battle over at camp. Chris VandeVelde and Michael Raffl were the primary competition, and both are currently stationed at Adirondack, so another move might be on the horizon eventually.

Here’s a look at the full roster as it stands now. How would you construct the lines?

Forwards (13):
Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Adam Hall, Scott Hartnell, Scott Laughton, Vincent Lecavalier, Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Jay Rosehill, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Maxine Talbot, Kakub Voracek

Defensemen (8):
Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Hal Gill, Erik Gustafsson, Andrej Meszaros, Luke Schenn, Mark Streit, Kimmo Timonen

Goalies (2):
Ray Emery, Steve Mason

The 2013-14 NHL season begins tonight in a handful of arenas across North America, followed by a few more on Wednesday—the Wells Fargo Center included. By Thursday evening, hockey season will be in full effect.

>> Flyers sign Hal Gill to one-year deal [CSN]

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Wizards 120, Sixers 115: Studs, duds, turning point and more

Wizards 120, Sixers 115: Studs, duds, turning point and more

The Sixers put on quite a show in the season opener before ultimately falling to the Wizards, 120-115, Wednesday night (see observations).

The biggest story, of course, was Joel Embiid playing 27 minutes after head coach Brett Brown said the 23-year-old big man would play "in the teens." Both Embiid and Ben Simmons shined but it wasn't enough.

After struggling in the first half, All-Star point guard John Wall took over in the second in leading Washington to the win. Wall finished with 28 points, but it took 28 shots to get there.

Despite the loss, there was plenty to like about the Sixers' performance. They'll start the season 0-1 but have plenty to build off of going into Friday night's home opener.

Turning point
With the Sixers battling back and down just two after a Simmons layup, Bradley Beal missed a three from the corner. If the Sixers could've corralled the rebound, they would've been looking at an opportunity to tie the game. Instead, Kelly Oubre Jr. timed it perfectly for a put-back slam to make it 106-102 with 5:50 left.

After getting a stop, the Wizards came right back down in transition and Beal threw a pretty alley-oop to Wall. It pushed the lead to six and got the crowd on its feet. 

The Sixers had three different opportunities to tie the game with less than a minute left, but two killer turnovers and a missed three from JJ Redick ended the comeback attempt.

Key stat
We all knew the Sixers' three-point shooting would be improved this season with the addition of Redick (4 of 8) and a healthy Jerryd Bayless (3 of 7), but my goodness. The Sixers shot 15 of 35 as a team. And that's after starting the game 2 for 9.

Offensive stud
Speaking of threes, Robert Covington was lethal from beyond. After getting off to a horrendous shooting start last season, Covington was on fire Wednesday. He led all scorers with 29 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including 7 of 11 from three.  

Embiid and Simmons also get an honorable mention here. Embiid dominated early and late, going for 18 points, 13 boards and dishing out three assists (see highlights). Simmons looked in control as the team's point guard, finishing with 18 points (7 of 15), 10 rebounds and five assists in his NBA debut. Most importantly, Simmons had just one turnover.

Offensive dud
For the most part, the team performed really well offensively. Amir Johnson had a forgettable stretch offensively with a couple of ill-advised post-ups in the third quarter. The Sixers' newest big man finished 2 of 7 and fouled out in the third quarter.

Defensive stud
T.J. McConnell did an excellent job leading the second unit on both ends of the floor. Including pestering Wall. Before Wall got into a rhythm in the second half, McConnell held him to just 3 for 13 in the first. When McConnell was in the game, nothing was easy for Wall.

Defensive dud
Redick and Bayless certainly struggled with the combination of All-Star guard Wall and Beal. Then again, there are many across the NBA that have had the same struggles. And in reality, Redick and Bayless aren't here for their defense. They're here to make shots, which they did plenty of.

Injuries
Exhale, Sixers fans. The team got out of this game healthy.

Up next
The Sixers play their home opener against Kyrie Irving and the Gordon Hayward-less Celtics on Friday night at 7 p.m. on NBCSP.