Quotable: Rick Tocchet's Shootout Specialist

Quotable: Rick Tocchet's Shootout Specialist

Plenty of press focusing on the Flyers' shootout woes lately, a pretty full spectrum of opinions. Here's one we hadn't really considered before though—Rick Tocchet on the idea of rostering a shootout specialist rather than a goon. Per Frank Seravalli:

"Shootouts killed me with Tampa Bay. We were terrible at it. I was just talking to Brett Hull about this the other day, and if I ever were to get into coaching again, I think I'd rather have a specialty shooter on my team - someone that you can bring off the bench - rather than a fourth liner that might fight. Few players can have as much of an impact on your overall standing as a shootout specialist."

Where have you gone, hockey of my youth…

It seems a little crazy, but at the same time, how many of us really see the goon slot continuing to be filled? It's already tapered off, with more emphasis on guys who can fight, but must do much more.

I'd be interested in what kind of player exactly fits the shootout specialist mold though, if it exists. A lower-priced Nik Zherdev? If a trio of Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, and Danny Briere can't excel at it, the proposed position seems hard to pinpoint. Unless we're talking about the hockey version of the And 1 guys?

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


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


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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Another old friend joins Phillies' spring coaching staff

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Another old friend joins Phillies' spring coaching staff

Another old friend is joining the Phillies' coaching staff as a guest instructor in Clearwater this spring.

Bobby Abreu will make his coaching debut, while Larry Bowa, Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Dan Plesac and Mike Schmidt will all be back to assist in spring training.

Gabe Kapler has a lot of experience on his side as he prepares for his first camp as a major-league manager.

Abreu was a polarizing player in these parts, drawing criticism from fans for a perceived lack of hustle and not nearly enough praise for hitting .303/.416/.513 in his nine seasons with the Phils. He was one of the most complete players in the game during his peak from 1998 to 2006.

The Phillies' first workout with pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14 in Clearwater. Full-squad workouts begin on Feb. 19.