So I know that there has been a lot of discussions about how to fix the cap problems. There have been people suggesting moving Carter, to moving Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell. Some even went as far as saying moving Kimmo Timonen, which I believe is ridiculous. This is my solution to this whole issue.
The first option should be Jeff Carter. Carter is a phenomenal player don't get me wrong, but it just seems that the right thing to do is move him. With Leino, Giroux and Zherdev up for new contracts after this season, I think Carter is the easiest way to keep the core together and have some cap space. Assume the Flyers give Giroux 4, Leino 2 and Zherdev 3.5, that's an increase of 5.8 million right there. So how can the Flyers afford to pay Carter around 6 million with these new contracts. I would rather have Giroux, Leino and Zherdev rather than Carter and Giroux. Plus Carter will bring you a lot in return (high draft picks and good forward prospects). Although, should Carter expload for a 40+ goal season, and Briere and Hartnell have sub-par seasons again, I would move one of them. Hartnell needs to get to at least 20 goals this year if he wants to be kept around, and Briere should hit 30 goals with at least 65 points.
The other thing I see happening is one of Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle getting moved. I thing one will be the odd-man out so the other you defensemen can step up. I think Carle is going to stay here for awhile because of his incredible breakout year with Chris Pronger helping him out. But he needs to keep playing at that caliber. Coburn really needs to have a bounce-back year. He needs to show that he is the playoff Coburn and not the regular season one. Meszaros will need to prove he just needed a change of scenarie to get back on track. He needs to become the player he was back in Ottawa. I think one of them will be moved with in the next two seasons, and it will also depend on the developement of Oskars Bartulis, Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon.
I would also just like to thank Bill Meltzer for commenting on my work in his blog on hockeybuzz.com. It was really cool for a professional writer to say your work was "one of the more interesting ones" on this site. Anyways thank you and it means a lot to me because I am hoping to be writer one day. I'd be glad to give you my e-mail if you had any constructive critism to give me.