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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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#459068251 / gettyimages.com The Philadelphia Eagles season ended on January 4 with a last-second field goal in the Wildcard round of the playoffs. Given the spring and summer in Philadelphia sports, it feels like a decade ago. But the long wait is almost over. The Eagles season-opener is on Sept.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Eagledelphia
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Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will likely start the season in the AHL as the Flyers most NHL-ready prospect. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) The Flyers most recent development camp wrapped on Tuesday with many of the team's prospects, including the entire 2014 Draft class, participating. One thing was evident throughout camp: the Flyers have a ton of young defensive depth. The future looks bright along the blue line, which makes it the Flyers most important development key moving forward. The Flyers are always a hot ticket during the winter months and early spring. But the ticket fans should really be going after... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flyerdelphia
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Ron Hextall first offseason as Flyers GM has been quiet. Hextall said on Thursday that the Flyers must be patient in the process to win a championship. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) The days have turned to weeks since free agency opened on July 1 and the Flyers were forced to make minimal moves due to a tight amount of money available given the salary cap. As other teams have been making moves and improvements, the Flyers are essentially returning with the same team as they had in the previous season. GM Ron Hextall is faced with the challenge of putting... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flyerdelphia
#451371086 / gettyimages.com Day 2 of the NHL Draft commenced on Saturday morning in Philadelphia and provided the Flyers with the opportunity to add more pieces to the system. They added five players on Saturday. Among the five Flyers drafted were second-round winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel and third-round defenseman Mark Friedman. Here is more on the Flyers five draft picks on Day 2. 2nd Round (48th overall pick) - RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel - Aube-Kubel was considered a sleeper pick by some. A good skater with creative tendencies, the Flyers managed to nab a speed and skill forward after all, even after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
#478981017 / gettyimages.com New Flyers GM Ron Hextall pulled one from out of left field in making a first-round selection for the Orange and Black. All eyes were on a trio of talented forwards: Kasperi Kapanen, Alex Tuch and Adrian Kempe. The Flyers went with a defenseman and an unlikely one at that. The selection at 17th overall was 6'3", 181-pound blue-liner Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL. Here is more on the Flyers first-round pick. Here's a start: Sanheim is a distant relative of Ron Hextall. There is a connection between the Sanheim and Hextall families,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
#451344766 / gettyimages.com After spending most of Friday trying to trade up for the top pick with Florida, the Flyers ended up holding with the 17th pick. With the 17th pick, the Flyers selected defenseman Travis Sanheim from Calgary in the WHL. Sanheim scored five goals and added 26 assists in 67 games with Calgary in 2013-14. The 6'3", 185-pound defenseman is from Brandon, Manitoba. Several forwards were still on the board at 17, including Kasperi Kapanen and Alex Tuch. Kevin Durso is the lead beat writer for Flyerdelphia. Follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
#167709362 / gettyimages.com All eyes are on Philadelphia on Friday night for the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. The hockey world fixates on the first overall pick, as some of the NHL’s current stars are products of the top pick in the draft. For fans of the Orange and Black, the focus is on the 17th overall pick, where the Flyers select first on Friday night. There are plenty of options for the Flyers to look at with the 17th pick at several positions, barring a trade of course. Here are a few names to pay attention to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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The Flyers agreed to a multi-year extension with Brayden Schenn on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) A busy Monday continued for the Flyers into the evening hours. After finalizing the trade that sent Scott Hartnell to Columbus for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers locked up another forward. Brayden Schenn was top priority for the Flyers in the offseason according to new GM Ron Hextall. That priority is now checked off the list. Schenn and the Flyers reached agreement on a contract extension on a mulit-year deal according to sources. It is a two-year deal worth an average annual salary of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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Scott Hartnell was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) One of the longest tenured Flyers is on his way out and a former Flyer has returned. The Flyers made noise on Monday afternoon by trading forward Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward R.J. Umberger and a 2015 draft pick. Hartnell had an up-and-down career with the Flyers, playing in seven seasons with the Orange and Black. He scored 157 goals over his seven seasons and added 169 assists for 326 points in 517 games. In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
#450587258 / gettyimages.com Flyers fans had to watch from afar again. The Los Angeles Kings claimed another Stanley Cup Championship on Friday night and three former Flyers hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup once again. It wasn't long ago that Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were on the ice at Wells Fargo Center wearing the Orange and Black and skating off with the Prince of Wales Trophy in 2010. Four years after the heartbreaking overtime loss against the Blackhawks in Philadelphia, Carter and Richards have won the Cup twice. Justin Williams, a Flyer from 2000 to 2004, won his third Stanley Cup... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
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The Flyers announced on Friday that defenseman Kimmo Timonen would return for the 2014-15 season. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) One of the biggest questions on the Flyers blue line for next season was Kimmo Timonen. Would the 39-year-old defenseman lace up his skates for the Flyers one more time. Timonen signed a one-year contract extension on Friday, returning to the Flyers for the 2014-15 season, his eighth with the team. Timonen scored six goals and added 29 assists while being a durable part of the blue line, playing in 77 games. In his Flyers career, he had recorded 270 points,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Flyerdelphia
The final day of the draft can be about several things. For the Eagles, it wasn't just building on the immediate future, it was putting pieces in place that could make an impact down the road. The Eagles made four selections on Day 3 and acquired a future pick in... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Eagledelphia
Following the Draft, the Eagles worked into the night, grabbed several undrafted free agents. In all, 15 undrafted players signed with the Eagles. Here are the 15 players the Eagles signed following the draft on Saturday. OG Josh Andrews (6'2", 311 lbs, Oregon State) TE Blake Annen (6'4", 247 lbs,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Eagledelphia
The Eagles needed depth on the defensive line and ultimately needed to use the draft to improve defensively. They did that again with their final pick. With the 224th selection, the Eagles took Beau Allen, a 6'3", 333-pound nose tackle out of Wisconsin. Never heard of the newest Eagles lineman?... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
The Eagles have made their final selection for the 2014 NFL Draft. With the 224th overall pick, the Eagles selected defensive tackle Beau Allen from Wisconson. Allen recorded 20 total tackles, including two for loss and 1.5 sacks in his senior season at Wisconsin. In his four-year career at Wisconsin,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
Two picks remained for the Eagles and with the first, they stayed in the secondary and stayed in the Pac-12. The selection of safety Ed Reynolds marked the four defensive player the Eagles have taken in six picks at this year's draft. Reynolds was also the second player in the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
It wasn't another Oregon player, but Chip Kelly stayed in the Pac-12 with the second fifth-round selection. With the 162nd overall pick, the Eagles selected Ed Reynolds, a 6'1", 207-pound safety out of Stanford. Reynolds played three years at Stanford and finished his career with 139 tackles, including 89 solo... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
Another Eagles pick goes to an Oregon product. The Eagles used their first fifth-round pick to select another face familiar to Chip Kelly. Taylor Hart, a 6'6", 292-pound defensive lineman, was selected by the Eagles to add to the line and contribute to the pass rush. Don't know anything about... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
Chip Kelly loves his Oregon players. Another one will be joining the Eagles. With the 141st overall pick in the Draft, the Eagles selected defensive lineman Taylor Hart from Oregon. Hart is 6'6" and 292 pounds and another Kelly recruit to Oregon. In his senior season, Hart had 75 tackles,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
Another Draft Day deal for the Eagles, only this time, it involves a player. The Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015. The pick could become a third-round pick in 2016 or will be a fourth-round pick in 2016, pending... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
The Eagles had plenty of options at the 101st overall pick, the first of the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft. With the pick, acquired from the Houston Texans in last night's third round, the Eagles addressed the secondary with Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins. The 5'11", 198-pound defensive... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
The Eagles traded with the Houston Texans in the third round last night to acquire the first pick of Day 3. With the 101st overall pick and first of the fourth round, the Eagles selected defensive back Jaylen Watkins from Florida. Another SEC product, Watkins is 5'11" and 198 pounds.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Eagledelphia
The picks kept flowing in on Friday night and several teams providing interesting picks even in the second and third round of the Draft. The Eagles certainly had a highlight trading up in the second round, but other teams made some interesting moves and picks along the way. Here are... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Eagledelphia
When the Eagles used Day 1 to trade down then select defense, everyone knew a receiver was coming on Day 2. And the Eagles did just that. What we didn't know was that the Eagles would take three picks, turn them into two and select two wide receivers on the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Eagledelphia
The Eagles turned two third-round picks into two more future picks, getting their fourth-round pick back after trading their own to move up in the second round and an additional fifth-round pick. That pick went to Houston at 83. With the 86th pick, the Eagles selected a familiar face for... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Eagledelphia