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Kevin Durso
Philadelphia, PA
A Philly sports fanatic who always has an opinion and I'm sharing it with the world
Interests: Philly sports, baseball, broadcasting, Phillies, Eagles, Flyers
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View image | gettyimages.com The NHL Draft is just under one month away. Before getting to that draft, the Flyers continued to ensure that the 2014 class remains a part of their future. On Thursday, the Flyers signed 2014 sixth-round pick Radel Fazleev to a three-year entry-level contract. Fazleev, a teammate of first-round pick Travis Sanheim on the Calgary Hitmen, scored 18 goals and added 33 assists for 51 points in 71 games this season. The 19-year-old also had 14 points in 17 playoff games this season in the WHL. Fazleev still has one season of junior eligibility left, so... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com There is one scenario we have yet to talk about in our draft prospect previews that the Flyers could consider: trading down. If the Flyers elect to try for additional picks by moving from seventh overall to a mid-first round pick, there are certainly a few solid prospects waiting for them to select. Here is one of them, the captain of the Ottawa 67's, Travis Konecny. Konecny put together a very balanced scoring season, picking up 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points in 60 games in the OHL. The captain of the 67's is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Before Dave Hakstol can start coaching the team, he needs to know what players he has to work with on the roster. Ron Hextall continues to add to the many decisions the Flyers will have to make this offseason. Last week, Hextall tapped into the KHL for two free agents - defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev and forward Aaron Palushaj. Both were primarily depth signing in the event of unforeseen injuries in the best interest of practicing continued patience with prospects. That said, there are four top defensive prospects waiting in the wings and potentially competing for a job with the likes... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com So much is to be debated about what the Flyers do with the seventh overall pick. As you've seen here over the past few weeks, there will be plenty of Top 10 options that will still be available when the Flyers pick, even if they miss out on some of the Top-5 projections. But don't forget the Flyers second pick in the first round at a position to be determined. It is the pick they acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for Braydon Coburn. At the moment, what can be guaranteed is that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Trailing in a one-run game, the Phillies opted to bring in Jake Diekman to face Bryce Harper with two outs and a runner on third. Harper singled and Ryan Zimmerman followed with an RBI double. Ballgame. The Phillies could not rebound from the move as the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Maikel Franco all drove in runs in a four-run third inning for the Phillies. It was the heart of the order that kickstarted a big day for the Phillies offense at the plate. Franco's second major-league home run capped the four-run... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Walks, hit batters and errors. The Phillies series finale against the Rockies was full of them. Jerome Williams struggled and his teammates didn't help much behind him as the Rockies claimed Thursday's series finale, 7-3, to split the series with the Phillies at Coors Field. The... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com For the second day in a row, the Flyers tapped into the KHL for another free-agent signing. The Flyers announced Thursday that they have signed 25-year-old right winger Aaron Palushaj from the KHL. Palushaj's deal is a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $225,000 at the AHL level. Palushaj split time in the KHL this past season with Medvescak Zagreb and Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, scoring seven goals and adding 14 assists for 21 points in 53 games. Palushaj was a second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2007 NHL Draft and... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Wednesday night's 4-2 win for the Phillies was their seventh in the last eight games and sets up an opportunity for a second straight series win. Thursday afternoon presents that chance as the Phillies (18-24) look to hand the Rockies (14-23) another loss at Coors Field.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com We're closing in on rounding out the Top 10 forwards available in the 2015 NHL Draft and who could be the possible selections for the Flyers. So far, you've read profiles on Dylan Strome, Mikko Rantanen, Lawson Crouse, Mathew Barzal and Mitch Marner - and we obviously bypassed the sure-fire Top 2 of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Today, another name at forward enters the bunch. Here's the draft prospect profile for Sarnia forward Pavel Zacha. The 6'3", 210-pound forward from Czech Republic packs quite a punch, literally. Zacha is among the most physical players in... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Cole Hamels said at one point this offseason that he wanted to get out of Philly in any way possible. Jonathan Papelbon has said too much since joining the Phillies in 2012. Chase Utley doesn’t say much of anything, he does. Only this season, he hasn’t... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The man behind the bench for the 2015-16 Philadelphia Flyers will be Dave Hakstol. That was the big news on Monday around the NHL, as the Flyers worked quickly to fill the coaching vacancy. Ron Hextall's top target now joins the Flyers after 11 seasons at the University of North Dakota and seven Frozen Four appearances. After weeks of speculation, of focusing on the three names that were going to be the NHL's potential top free-agent coaches, Hextall didn't flinch in his decision, keeping Hakstol under wraps until making the announcement on Monday. With the announcement,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com It has been a whirlwind offseason that has recently quieted down as the draft came complete and the roster has taken a little bit more shape. As the focus turns toward the upcoming season, which will begin in less than three months with the Eagles first... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Eagledelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The Flyers announced on Monday that they have a new head coach, and while the anticipation of what Dave Hakstol will bring to the Flyers will only grow until October, there is plenty of unfinished business to take care of in the offseason. The draft is the next major event on the Flyers schedule. With that, our series on potential Flyers prospect options continues. We've highlighted most of the top prospects not named Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Today, that continues with a look at London Knights winger Mitch Marner. Marner is an 18-year-old forward who... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
Press conference: ✔️ Welcome to the #Flyers, Coach Hakstol! pic.twitter.com/YbHPL784xX — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) May 18, 2015 The Flyers announced the 19th head coach in franchise history. The winner of Ron Hextall's search was North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol, who for 11 seasons, led them to seven Frozen Four appearances. He has a 289-143-43 record in his 11-year tenure. For Hextall, this was a decision that carried a lot. The name Mike Babcock came up on a daily basis. In the end, it wasn't about choosing the popular candidate, it was picking the right one. "I was never going... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Aaron Harang battled through a difficult first inning but held the Pirates off the board. The Phillies scored two runs in the bottom of the first. That was all Harang needed. The best pitcher in the Phillies rotation thus far this season added another win to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Our series on potential Flyers draft prospects continues with another look to the blue line. Chances are the Flyers will look to the two options already profiled in this series when it comes to defense - Ivan Provorov or Noah Hanifin. But in the event that both are taken, the Flyers could still add a solid blue line piece with today's prospect. Here is a profile on Michigan defenseman Zach Werenski. Werenski is a 17-year-old defenseman who just completed his freshman season at Michigan, picking up 25 points - including 16 assists - in 35 games.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Jeff Francoeur's clutch throw from right field to complete a double play helped Jonathan Papelbon seal the Phillies all-time save record and snap a four-game losing streak. On Thursday afternoon, the Phillies (12-23) return to the field for the final game of a four-game series against... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Leading up to the draft, all the talk surrounded the Philadelphia Eagles desire for a quarterback in Chip Kelly’s system. It was the saga of Sam Bradford and the possibility the Eagles would make a push to acquire the draft pick that was ticketed for Marcus... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Eagledelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Our series on potential Flyers draft prospects continues as we review the sixth player in the series. As the Flyers prepare to select seventh overall, there are several players who are expected to be in that slot that could immediately fill a team need. Headlining that group are wingers Mikko Rantanen and Lawson Crouse and defenseman Ivan Provorov. Additionally, the series has also featured Dylan Strome and Noah Hanifin, both likely Top-5 picks, but easily obtainable for the Flyers if they slip outside the Top 5. Obviously, after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel go 1-2 to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com One swing turned the tide for good. Starling Marte connected on a 1-2 curveball that stayed up in the zone. It sailed over the left-center field wall in a hurry. The Pirates never looked back. Behind a strong outing from Gerrit Cole, the Pirates used the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Philliedelphia
View image | gettyimages.com LeSean McCoy continued to run his mouth. On Wednesday, an interview with ESPN The Magazine came to light with McCoy saying that Chip Kelly "got rid of all the good black players" on the Eagles. Kevin Clark, an NFL writer for the Wall Street Journal, noted... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Eagledelphia
View image | gettyimages.com We're back again to present another prospect as the countdown to the NHL Draft continues. Last week, we started splitting up the positions, as the Flyers could be in the market for either a forward or defenseman. After a look at forward Dylan Strome on Tuesday, it's back to the blue line today. Here's a look at Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. Highly regarded by some as the best defenseman in the draft, Hanifin is a 6'3", 205-pound blue liner who has been a staple of US World Junior teams and was easily the standout for... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com Ron Hextall's first season as general manager of the Flyers came complete with the firing of Craig Berube as head coach. Through it all, Hextall had to manage a roster that was constantly changing, deal with questions of the coaching situation while he continued to try to get a philosophy in place. His philosophy: patience. Patience in letting a system - from the coach to the players that would run it. Patience in allowing the younger pieces waiting in the wings to come up. But does this patient process mean the Flyers have to wait to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Flyerdelphia
View image | gettyimages.com The offensive mastermind that is Chip Kelly stayed focused on the task at hand this past weekend as the Draft commenced. In drafting six players, five were on the defensive side of the ball. Three were at cornerback. Make no mistake about it, Kelly has established... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Eagledelphia