TORONTO – The visitors clubhouse at Fenway Park is a difficult place to hide. Nashville Predators Winter Classic Jerseys . Its cozy confines create an awkward dynamic in which players navigate their way around pillars, couches and assembled media. Its also difficult for coaches and their protégés to find a place to chat away from the watchful eyes of onlookers. Such was the case last Wednesday when young outfielder Kevin Pillar was spotted sitting with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer at the latters cramped locker stall. The discussion lasted at least 20 minutes. It was underway when the media horde went into John Gibbons office for the daily pregame briefing and hadnt finished by the time the manager had concluded his daily séance. At the time, Pillar was hitting .143 since his recall from Triple-A Buffalo. He was jumpy in the batters box and routinely going after bad pitches out of the strike zone. "I got in the cage with him, I wanted to talk to him," Pillar told TSN.ca. "I think I had two at-bats against (Felix) Doubront, someone I felt comfortable against, struck out, grounded out and those were my only two at-bats of the game and I was pretty upset that night. I knew I wanted to talk to him." Seitzer approached Pillar in the batting cage and asked him how things were going. Pillar answered truthfully and Seitzer told the 25-year-old to find him later that afternoon. Pillar went to his locker and jotted down a series of notes he wanted to pass on to his coach. "Mostly about how maybe my struggles last year carried over here a little bit," said Pillar. "When I got called up this time I felt super comfortable. I was hitting real well in Triple-A. It was that I was hitting well. I just felt comfortable; I was confident and I knew I was ready to come up here this time. I felt like I was starting that downward spiral again of being up here and feeling bad for myself and not understanding why Im not performing and why Im changing things I did down there just because Im in the big leagues." The discussion that ensued revolved around Pillars approach. He needed to get back to being aggressive early in the count. If he got the pitch he was looking for, give it a rip. Seitzer still holds the piece of paper Pillar gave him. "He told me at some point down the road were going to go back and look at it and well be able to tear it up," said Pillar. "Its been about a week since then. Hopefully its in the past." On the day after the sit down Pillar started as the Jays beat Red Sox ace Jon Lester by a score of 7-2. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Including that game, hes 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles in five games. "When Im ready to hit from pitch one then I start getting my timing down, I start seeing the fastball, I start recognizing the breaking balls that are up in the zone, the good ones to hit," said Pillar. "When Im passive up there is when I start second-guessing, Im not really seeing the ball, Im swinging before I recognize what pitch it is." Pillar has been the right-handed half of an effective platoon with Anthony Gose. The two have provided offence and plus-defence in the absence of Colby Rasmus, whos been on the disabled list since May 13 with right hamstring tightness. NAVARRO PLAYING IN PAIN Dioner Navarro was back in the starting lineup less than 24 hours after suffering a bruised left index finger. He was hurt in the fifth inning of Tuesday nights win over the Rays when Jose Molinas bat smacked Navarros hand on a follow through. "I missed a few days with the quad thing and I cant be sitting here and watching the game," said Navarro. "I tested it this morning and I feel good enough and I let them know I was ready to play today." Navarro keeps a bat in his apartment and took some dry swings before coming to the ballpark. He wore a splint for the remainder of Tuesdays game, which forced him to swing the bat with the injured finger straightened out. "I just love to play, man," said Navarro. "I love to play. I kind of put myself in the situation where I want to be again, you know playing after being a back up the last three years and now Ive got this opportunity and its been such a wonderful experience being around these guys." SETBACK FOR SANTOS? Reliever Sergio Santos, on the disabled list since May 10 with a right forearm strain, wont throw from flat ground again until possibly Sunday after experiencing a problem during his Tuesday session. Santos and his skipper describe the issue differently. "It got a little tender," said manager John Gibbons. "So we backed him off a bit. Thats a little bit of a setback." "I wouldnt call it a big, big setback," said Santos. "When I got out to 110 (feet) just stepping on it a little bit, didnt hurt, wasnt painful, just backing off for a day, resting it and then throwing again." JANSSEN GETS NIGHT OFF Closer Casey Janssen has appeared in nine games in 17 days since his return from a strained oblique. He missed most of spring training with stiffness in the back of his pitching shoulder and then injured his oblique on March 28 in Montreal. With the Blue Jays winning almost everyday, hes been called upon more than expected and was feeling sore on Wednesday morning. He wasnt available for Wednesday nights game. "Just sore, general soreness," said Janssen. "Got back and ran the gauntlet a little bit here. Just going to try to steal a day here; hopefully they dont need it and anyway the guys down there can do my job anyway." This isnt the first time Janssen has been unavailable since his return. He appeared in back to back games on May 20-21 and wouldnt have pitched under any circumstance on May 22. He then appeared in the game on May 23 and wasnt available on May 24. Janssen is converted each of the eight save opportunities hes had this season. Authentic Kyle Turris Jersey . You can watch the game live on TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV at 9pm et/6pm pt. Jonathan Huberdeau and Quinton Howden are expected to make their debuts for Team Canada. Authentic Pekka Rinne Jersey .com) - Markus Granlund scored the game-winning goal as the Calgary Flames used an early offensive flurry to defeat the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, on Monday. http://www.cheappredatorsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-anthony-bitetto-jersey .com) - Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called Joe Flacco the NFLs best quarterback last week.The Philadelphia Flyers returned to the playoffs, for the 17th time in the past 19 seasons, where they were eliminated in seven games by the New York Rangers. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Flyers team that has challenges going forward, as they try to fit under the salary cap and try to maintain their hold on a playoff spot. New GM Ron Hextall has lots of talent on hand, but has issues to face too. For one thing, they ranked 23rd in puck possession last season and its not easy to sustain success when the other team has the puck so frequently. Perhaps the biggest issue to handle this summer will be what to do with Vincent Lecavalier, last summers big free agent acquisition who fell flat after joining the Flyers. A buyout would be awfully expensive, so maybe the Flyers could find team willing to take on Lecavaliers contract while Philadelphia pays some of the salary. The Flyers have enough skilled players, and young, developing forwards, that they should still be decent on the attack. Then, there is the defence, where they are faced with the prospect of losing their best defenceman, Kimmo Timonen, to retirement, and are paying a lot of money to guys who arent pusing the puck in the right direction when they are on the ice. It might be easier to convince Timonen to play another season, to buy some time, rather than overhauling a defence corps that needs improvement. Even once the lineup is sorted, Hextall looks at a goaltending situation which remains a question mark. Steve Mason is coming off a good year, his best since his rookie year of 2008-2009, but what happens if Mason regresses towards his previous norm? Hextall appears to be taking the long view to his new job. "I like young players and I like draft picks," Hextall told CSN Philly. "My vision is to build this team and to continue to make this team better through the draft. That doesnt mean we wont make trades. At some point if its a good enough player, and weve got to trade a young player, we may look at that. But its not a vision of mine to trade young players for older players." With all of the decisions that Hextall gets to make as a first-time GM, he has a team that will expect to make the postseason again next year, yett hes walking a fine line, fine enough that a few wrong decisions or even a couple of bad breaks could be enough to cost them. Of course, the flip side is that the Flyers are close enough that a few sharp decisions and a few good breaks could put them right back in the playoff mix again next season. The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- Corsi, adjusted for zone starts, quality of competition and quality of teammates, hits, blocked shots, penalty differential and faceoffs. Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be around 70, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013-2014 regular season ratings at 87.12. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable www.capgeek.com. CF% = Corsi percentage (ie. percentage of 5-on-5 shot attempts), via www.extraskater.com. GM/COACHRon Hextrall/Craig Berube Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Claude Giroux 79.42 82 28 58 86 53.2% $8.275M Jakub Voracek 72.97 82 23 39 62 55.2% $4.25M Wayne Simmonds 72.45 82 29 31 60 48.5% $3.975M Scott Hartnell 71.05 78 20 32 52 54.3% $4.75M Matt Read 70.55 75 22 18 40 49.9% $3.625M Sean Couturier 66.80 82 13 26 39 49.1% $1.75M Vincent Lecavalier 65.68 69 20 17 37 45.3% $4.5M Michael Raffl 62.99 68 9 13 22 52.6% $1.1M Zac Rinaldo 55.14 67 2 2 4 46.4% $750K Jay Rosehill 54.71 34 2 0 2 44.1% $675K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Brayden Schenn 66.46 82 20 21 41 47.9% RFA $3.11M Steve Downie 62.47 62 4 20 24 49.6% UFA $2.65M Adam Hall 57.58 80 4 5 9 44.0% UFA $600K After having finger surgery last August, it turned out that Claude Giroux wasnt in peak form to open the season, and he started out with no goals and seven assists in the first 15 games, but Giroux was a force after that, scoring 79 points in 67 games the rest of the way. Hes one of the premier power play point producers in the league and no one has scored more total points in the past four seasons. Jakub Voracek has emerged as a real offensive threat, a solid complement to Giroux on Philadelphias top line. Over the past two seasons, Voracek ranks 23rd with 108 points and hes a skilled, big winger that can be difficult to remove from the puck. Voracek, 24, also happens to be hitting his prime. Coming off a career year, Wayne Simmonds had career-highs in goals (29), assists (31) and points (60), while playing a career-high 16:46 per game. Hes missed nine games, total, in six NHL seasons and only two players (Alex Ovechkin, James Neal) have more than Simmonds 32 power play goals over the past three seasons. Hes not an ideal possession player, but contributes plenty otherwise. A solid two-way player who plays tough minutes, against quality opposition with more defensive zone starts, Matt Read has also scored 57 goals in three seasons and played a career-high 18:48 last season. Hes valuable because he can play a variety of different roles and ranked third among Philadelphia forwards in ice time per game. Read frequently rides shotgun with Sean Couturier, the 21-year-old who plays a shutdown role. He scored a career-high 39 points last season, but only three of those points came on the power play, so there is potential for more offensive production if he is given the opportunity. He had 96 points in each of his last two junior seasons and scored 28 points in 31 AHL games as a 20-year-old, so the pedigree is there for Couturier to take on a bigger role offensively, if he gets the chance. Vincent Lecavaliers game went off a cliff last season. He had poor possession numbers, despite offensive zone starts and relatively easy quality of opposition; 37 points in 69 games was his lowest points per game since 2001-2002 and he ended up playing 15:11 per game, his lowest time on ice since his rookie year, 1998-1999. Hes still under contract for four more seasons which is more than a little problematic for a 34-year-old coming off a bad year. Austrian winger Michael Raffl made a surprising jump to the NHL, almost directly from Leksands in Swedens second tier, and while his production was modest, he had respectable possession stats, which makes him a reasonable option as a depth forward. Hes 25 and may not have enough offensive upside to fit higher on the depth chart. Hes a physical presence on the fourth line, but Zac Rinaldo gets buried in possession terms, and has seven goals and 470 penalty minutes in 165 career games. Among those lucky few who play enough to register at least 400 penalty minutes over the past three seasons, Rinaldos production is on the low end. Jay Rosehill has fought 14 times in 45 games over the past two seasons, so hes a heavyweight face-puncher, if thats required. Hes also put up eight points in 117 career games and has been overmatched when it comes to puck possession, which is why he ends up as a part-time player. Progress has been gradual for Brayden Schenn, who did set career-highs with 20 goals and 41 points last season, but he also had poor possession stats despite facing relatively easy competition. It may be fair to wonder whether Schenn and Couturier are blossoming as effectively as possible, as they both compete for playing time down the middle behind Giroux. As the Flyers look to improve long-term, yet also under some financial constraints, they could look to free agent wingers like Mason Raymond, Benoit Pouliot or Radim Vrbata as possibilities to fit in a scoring role without necessarily breaking the bank. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Mark Streit 70.79 82 10 34 44 50.4% $5.25M Andrew MacDonald 64.68 82 4 24 28 44.5% $5.0M Braydon Coburn 63.48 82 5 12 17 51.1% $4.5M Nicklas Grossman 61.23 78 1 13 14 47.2% $3.5M Luke Schenn 59.95 79 4 8 12 47.7% $3.6M Chris Pronger $4.941M Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Kimmo Timonen 69. Nashville Predators Shop Free Shipping. 12 77 6 29 35 55.0% UFA $6.0M Erik Gustafsson 65.67 31 2 8 10 48.3% RFA $1.0M Hal Gill 53.39 6 0 0 0 47.6% UFA $700K In the past seven seasons, there have been four defencemen to produce at least five 40-point seasons and one of them is Mark Streit, who missed one full season (2010-2011) in that span as he recovered from shoulder surgery. Streit may not be driving play, but the Flyers can do worse than getting respectable possession numbers to go along with his offensive production. Its difficult to imagine what the Flyers saw from Andrew MacDonald in 19 games to warrant a six-year, $30-million contract extension, because MacDonald has been a puck possession nightmare, whose with-or-without-you stats show that nearly everyone fares better without him. There has been some evidence that his neutral zone defence is an issue, and that would have to improve in order to give MacDonalds new contract some value. Braydon Coburn hasnt materialized offensively the way that might have been expected after a 36-point season in 2007-2008 but, as a big guy who can skate and move the puck, hes been able to hold his own in a shutdown role. The question going forward may be just how effective Coburn could be if Kimmo Timonen doesnt return. Its pretty clear that, over time, Coburn has been better with Timonen. Stay-at-home defender Nicklas Grossman scored a career-high 14 points last season and that indicates certain limitations to his game, the same that are inherent to many stay-at-home defensive defencemen. Grossman gets eaten alive in relative possession terms, yet he played more last season (1491 minutes) than he had in any previous season. This is the disconnect that comes between old-school coaching and analytics that emphasize positive shot differentials. After a decent showing in his first (lockout-shortened) season in Philly, Luke Schenns game regressed dramatically. In six NHL seasons, Schenn has alternated between having seasons with at least 21 minutes of ice time per game seasons in which hes played fewer than 17 minutes per game. Last season saw him play 16:32 per game and his per-game scoring rate (0.15 points per game) was the lowest of his career. Even with that reduced ice time, Schenn ranked third among defencemen with 260 hits last season, which means he didnt have the puck that much, but the Flyers may need Schenn to handle a bigger role again in the future. There are some holes on the Philadelphia defence. Maybe it was part of the reason that they were so quick to sign MacDonald to an extension. A mobile, undersized defenceman, Erik Gustafsson couldnt earn a regular spot on the Flyers blueline and made the decision to sign in the KHL for next season. Chris Pronger, while on the payroll, hasnt played since November 19, 2012 and isnt going to play again. 39-year-old Kimmo Timonen could be on his way to retirement, but it wouldnt be a surprise to see the Flyers or another team try to convince him to keep playing. Timonen has been a stalwart on the Flyers blueline, putting up strong possession numbers while facing top-tier opposition. If he really is going to leave, that would create a significant hole. Philadelphia could use a quality addition on defence even if Timonen returns, so if Timonen leaves, might as well make it two. Free agents Sami Salo, Anton Stralman or Raphael Diaz might help and taking a shot at top AHL defenceman T.J. Brennan (from nearby Willingboro, NJ) might improve the Flyers ability to move the puck from the back end. Returning Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Steve Mason 73.37 61 33 18 7 2.50 .917 $4.1M Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Ray Emery 64.77 28 9 12 2 2.96 .903 UFA $1.65M Has 26-year-old Steve Mason found what hes been looking for in Philadelphia? In four-plus seasons with Columbus, Mason had a .903 save percentage, and was one of the worst starting goaltenders in the league over that time. But, in 68 games with the Flyers, Mason has a .920 save percentage. His real value may be some point in between, but having a point in between counts as progress. Should the Flyers lose Ray Emery to free agency, they will need to find a suitable backup for Mason. How much the Flyers will be willing to spend will likely depend on cap space, but a veteran with some measure of reliability would be ideal. If not, why not take a chance on Alex Stalock, a 26-year-old who was very good in 24 games for San Jose last season? Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Scott Laughton C Oshawa (OHL) 40-47-87, +12, 54 GP Samuel Morin D Rimouski (QMJHL) 7-24-31, +12, 54 GP Shayne Gostisbehere D Union (ECAC) 9-25-34, +33, 42 GP Nick Cousins C Adirondack (AHL) 11-18-29, -9, 74 GP Mark Alt D Adirondack (AHL) 4-22-26, -16, 75 GP Anthony Stolarz G London (OHL) 2.52 GAA, .926 SV%, 35 GP Robert Hagg D Modo Ornskoldsvik (SHL) 1-5-6, even, 50 GP Jason Akeson RW Adirondack (AHL) 24-40-64, -17, 70 GP Tye McGinn LW Adirondack (AHL) 20-15-35, -20, 54 GP Taylor Leier LW Portland (WHL) 37-42-79, +48, 62 GP Petr Straka RW Adirondack (AHL) 9-18-27, -4, 60 GP Brandon Manning D Adirondack (AHL) 8-23-31, -24, 73 GP Picked 20th overall in 2012, Scott Laughton has already played a handful of games for the Flyers, and the gritty forward had a strong season in the Ontario Hockey League. He should be able to challenge for a job next season. The 11th pick last summer, Samuel Morin is a towering blueliner who could become an intimidating presence, but he skates well for his size and has improving puck skills. A third-round pick of the Flyers in 2012, Shayne Gostisbehere finished an impressive junior campaign with national-champion Union College. Hes not big, but Gostisbehere can skate, move the puck and work the point on the power play. Taken in the third round in 2011, Nick Cousins is a two-way centre who went through a learning process in his first pro season. Hell need to get stronger and continue to improve if hes going to take the next step, but the 20-year-old can play a feisty game that should endear him to the Flyers. Acquired from Carolina in January, 2013, Mark Alt is defenceman with good size and physical game who had a solid first pro season, during which he saw power play time and played a big role in the AHL. A second-round pick in 2012, Anthony Stolarz has posted a .924 save percentage in 55 OHL games since leaving Nebraska-Omaha. At 6-foot-6, Stolarz has prototypical size, yet hes a 20-year-old goaltender so its likely to take some time before hes ready to mount a challenge for an NHL job. Drafted in the second round last summer, Robert Hagg is a steady defensive defenceman who joined Adirondack late last season after a solid season in the Swedish Hockey League. He could use time to develop, but Hagg holds promise as a well-rounded blueliner. Undrafted winger Jason Akeson has forced his way into consideration for a spot with the Flyers, after scoring 172 points in 208 AHL games over the past three seasons. He took a regular spot in the Flyers top nine in the first round of the playoffs, and had respectable possession stats to show for it. Power forward Tye McGinn was a fourth-round pick in 2010. Hes scored seven goals and 10 points in 36 NHL games since, and had 34 goals and 61 points in 100 AHL games over the past couple seasons. A fourth-round pick in 2012, Taylor Leier is a skilled two-way forward who plays on a powerhouse Portland team and has improved steadily over three WHL seasons. Signed as a free agent after he failed to come to terms with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Petr Straka has some offensive upside and was okay in his first pro season. Hell need to produce more to warrant further promotion. Undrafted out of the Western Hockey League, Brandon Manning is making it hard to ignore his contributions, racking up penalty minutes to go with improving point totals. Flyers advanced stats and player usage chart from Extra Skater DRAFT17th - Dylan Larkin, Alex Tuch, Josh Ho-Sang. FREE AGENCYAccording to www.capgeek.com, the Flyers have approximately $59.6M committed to the 2014-2015 salary cap for 16 players. Check out my possible Flyers lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: One top nine forward, depth forwards, one top pair defenceman, depth defencemen, backup goaltender.What I said the Flyers needed last year: One top six forward, one top four defenceman, goaltender.They added: Vincent Lecavalier, Michael Raffl, Mark Streit, Ray Emery. TRADE MARKETVincent Lecavalier, Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossman. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. 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