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The Reading Royals announced they extended their multi-year affiliation agreement with Philadelphia Flyers. I’m glad to see both organizations come together for a longer term. It didn’t make much sense to me for Reading to be part of the Los Angeles Kings for years.
Royals Renew Affiliation Agreement with Philadelphia Flyers
Reading and Philadelphia Ink Multi-Year Extension to Player Development Arrangement
Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL and Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League today jointly announced that the two organizations have extended their working arrangement with a multi-year affiliation agreement. Under the affiliation extension, which was originally signed in June of 2014, the Royals will receive players designated for assignment within the professional hockey operations development system of the Flyers.
“We’re very excited to extend our affiliation relationship with the Flyers,” said Royals President Drew Bell. “We believe that the philosophy, culture and goals of the Royals and Flyers are consistent with one another—an unwavering dedication to excellence in all phases of our operations and ultimately, of course, winning hockey games. There is no question that the relationship with the Flyers has paid positive dividends for the Royals over the past two seasons, and we anticipate that our position within the Flyers’ player development pipeline is only going to get stronger over the next several seasons. We look forward to this opportunity to expand our role in the effort to develop young prospects and grow the interest in and support for professional hockey in Southeast Pennsylvania.”
“We are pleased to extend and continue our relationship with the Royals,” said Flyers’ General Manager Ron Hextall. “Reading has created a long-term culture of success and has provided our prospects a positive environment that is important in the development of their careers. The geographic proximity of our minor league affiliations in Lehigh Valley and Reading gives our coaches and scouting department the best possible platform to evaluate and promote the advancement of our prospects within the Flyers system.”
“I’m looking forward to continuing our working relationship with the Flyers,” said Royals’ Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Larry Courville. “There is no question that our team’s success is directly tied with that of our affiliate, and we believe that we have built a positive working arrangement with the Flyers over the last couple of years. We’re dedicated to continuing our effort to help young prospects pursue their goal of advancing to the highest level of the game, while engaging those same young players in our team’s goal to win another ECHL championship.”
The Flyers, who celebrated their fiftieth anniversary of being awarded an NHL franchise this past February, joined the NHL as part of the six team expansion which began play in the 1967-68 season. The Flyers, who play their home games at Wells Fargo Center in south Philadelphia, hold an overall, historic win percentage at .577, which is second only to the Montreal Canadiens as the best ever in the NHL. The Flyers, who won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, have qualified for playoffs in thirty-eight of the team’s forty-eight seasons and have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals eight times, most recently in 2010 when the Flyers were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, are slated to play their third season in Allentown, Pennsylvania, this fall. As has been the case over the past two seasons, it is expected that the Royals will work closely with the Phantoms with respect to player movement within the Flyers’ minor professional development system.
The Royals, who are entering the team’s sixteenth season in Reading, have qualified for the post-season eleven times, including the last seven consecutively. The Royals won the league’s Kelly Cup Championship in 2013. Last year, Reading advanced to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals prior to being knocked out in Game Seven (in overtime) by the Wheeling Nailers in the second round playoff series. In 2015-16, no fewer that fourteen players, including two goaltenders, played for the Royals under either an NHL or AHL contract with the Flyers. Two players who were under ECHL contract with Reading last season, Joe Rehkamp and Kevin Sundher, were also called up to the Phantoms, and Sundher ultimately signed an AHL deal with the Flyers.
From the Royals’ inception in 2001 through 2008, the team was primarily affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and the Manchester Monarchs, who were in the AHL during that time period. From 2008-09 through 2011-12, the Royals were affiliated with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL and, beginning in 2009-10, the Royals added a secondary affiliation with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. From 2012 through 2014, Reading was affiliated with the Washington Capitals of the NHL and the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
ESPN insider released predictions today. The Eagles season prediction was sad, very sad.
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The NFL season ended a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have predictions for 2016. USA Today decided to go with “Colin Kaepernick will figure things out under Chip Kelly in 2016”. Here is their prediction:
This is prediction is completely based on the magic Chip Kelly has worked with quarterbacks. And he’s never had one nearly as talented as Kaepernick. Kelly got career years out of Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford, and none of those guys even really fit his scheme. Kaepernick will allow Kelly to unleash the full power of his offense. Defenses will have to respect the read option looks that they have been able to ignore over the least three seasons with slow footed quarterbacks running Kelly’s offense.
Also, it hasn’t been too hard making the Pro Bowl as a quarterback these last few seasons. Andy Dalton made the 2014 squad throwing 17 interceptions. Teddy Bridgewater made it in 2015 with just 14 passing touchdowns.
During an interview with ESPN, Trent Dilfer said “I think under Chip you’ll start seeing some of these younger guys that have a boatload of talent start surfacing a little more. . .having a greater impact than they have in the past.”
“The great thing about Chip is he gets everybody leaning in the same direction, he’s done it everywhere he’s ever coached. He gets a bunch of people that really don’t know what direction they’re facing and he gets ‘em all facing the same direction, he’s really good at that.
“I think that alone, now you’ll start seeing the talent level of guys come out. The hardest thing for me to watch with the Niners (last season) was. . .I really like some of their players, but I didn’t like the way they were playing. . .
“I think under Chip you’ll start seeing some of these younger guys that have a boatload of talent start surfacing a little more. . .having a greater impact than they have in the past.”
Here is something less amusing by an ESPN writer’s prediction:
Colin Kaepernick undergoes a career rebirth under new coach Chip Kelly, earning NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors and guiding the surprising 49ers to their first championship in 22 years. Free-agent acquisition Alshon Jeffery and rookie Laquon Treadwell, already established as one of the league’s top receiving duos, gash the Patriots for 252 yards and three touchdowns.Carlos Hyde, back from a 2015 foot injury, bruises his way to 110 rushing yards as the 49ers wear out New England’s defense with pace and muscle. Tom Bradyconnects with Rob Gronkowski for two touchdowns, but the Patriots fall just short. Delirious 49ers players dump a cooler of power smoothies over Kelly as time expires. Gronk and New England coach Bill Belichick are fined $25,000 each for missing the postgame news conference, which they skip in order to catch a Cancun-bound party cruise.
Huffpost Sports released this story on “Here’s Why The Chip Kelly Hire Won’t Work For The 49ers” Here is what they said about Chip:
The problem is, Kelly isn’t likely to be a savior to the storied 49ers franchise because he is not a championship coach. During a disastrous 7-9 campaign this season, the Eagles’ offense ranked just 12th in yards, a measly 13th in scoring and 30th in total defense. Kelly’s supporters point to consecutive 10-win seasons during the two previous years, but the numbers weren’t all that great then either, and the lack of postseason accomplishments speaks for itself.
Chip Kelly started his NFL career as Eagles head coach in 2013. He lead the Eagles to one playoff game in 2013 and they lost. Chip’s record as NFL head coach for the Eagles ended with 10-6, 10-6, and 6-9 for three seasons. The 49ners currently have young talent and can be better with good coaching. The question is, can Chip keep the locker room together?
Fans are still upset with Cody Parkey’s field goal miss last week against Atlanta which cost the Eagles the game. ‘I’m human and I missed … it’s my fault’, Parkey said. Cody Parkey is busy tweeting on Twitter instead of practicing his field goals for tomorrow’s game against the Cowboys.
What does Hebrews 10:35-36 mean?
35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.