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The Sixty-Four-Million-Dollar Question: Can We Take Homer At His Word?

Added to the front page, because well... why not? It's Mike. - Travis

"There are some players that we have, Ville Leino, that [are] unrestricted and we want to keep in our mix.  So, we are going to have to do some tinkering here. It's not a like we are in a position where we absolutely have to move cap space or move people to make cap space... There is no fire sale going on here. We are going to continue to try and sign Ilya [Bryzgalov], obviously, and continue to try and sign Ville [Leino], then we will see. It's not like we are caught between a rock and a hard place right now." - Paul Holmgren

Let's use the unfettered powers of our imagination for a moment, shall we?  Let's pretend the following:

  • The cap is raised to $64 million, as reported;
  • The Flyers sign both Bryzgalov and Leino, as they (apparently) wish to do;
  • The Flyers trade a high-priced veteran to acquire a high pick in the draft; and
  • The Flyers use their cap space to re-sign guys like Nodl and Powe.

What might such a team look like?  I'm thinking one of the following:


FORWARDS
Ville Leino ($2.500m) / Daniel Briere ($6.500m) / Kris Versteeg ($3.083m)
James van Riemsdyk ($1.654m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / Jeff Carter ($5.272m)
Andreas Nodl ($0.970m) / Mike Richards ($5.750m) / Eric Wellwood ($0.580m)
Darroll Powe ($0.850m) / Blair Betts ($0.700m) / Ben Holmstrom ($0.750m)
Jody Shelley ($1.100m)

DEFENSEMEN
Matt Carle ($3.437m) / Chris Pronger ($4.921m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Braydon Coburn ($3.200m)
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Erik Gustafsson ($0.900m)
Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)

GOALTENDERS

Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.250m) / Sergei Bobrovsky ($1.750m)

(No Bonus Cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,852,488; BONUSES: $1,825,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $147,512

This looks okay... However, if you lose Hartnell, you're losing a big body in front of the net, which the Flyers need - especially on the power play.

The Flyers could take the below route, which would give them a good amount of cap flexibility but would limit overall depth:

FORWARDS
Scott Hartnell ($4.200m) / Daniel Briere ($6.500m) / Ville Leino ($2.500m)
James van Riemsdyk ($1.654m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / Jeff Carter ($5.272m)
Andreas Nodl ($0.970m) / Mike Richards ($5.750m) / Eric Wellwood ($0.580m)
Darroll Powe ($0.850m) / Blair Betts ($0.700m) / Ben Holmstrom ($0.750m)
Jody Shelley ($1.100m)

DEFENSEMEN
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Chris Pronger ($4.921m)
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Braydon Coburn ($3.200m)
Steve Montador ($1.750m) / Erik Gustafsson ($0.900m)
Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)

GOALTENDERS
Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.250m) / Sergei Bobrovsky ($1.750m)

(No Bonus Cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,281,655; BONUSES: $1,825,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $718,345

In this situation, you could substitute Matt Read for Eric Wellwood and have cap space of $398,345.  Again, that provides flexibility, but in either scenario you have to lose both Carle and Versteeg to fit everyone in.  And that would blow goats, to put it mildly.

If they wanted the best of both worlds - keep Carle and Versteeg while replacing the big body agitator that is Hartnell, they'd have to ditch Shelley and do something like this:


FORWARDS
Raffi Torres ($1.200m) / Daniel Briere ($6.500m) / Ville Leino ($2.500m)
James van Riemsdyk ($1.654m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / Jeff Carter ($5.272m)
Eric Wellwood ($0.580m) / Mike Richards ($5.750m) / Kris Versteeg ($3.083m)
Ben Holmstrom ($0.750m) / Blair Betts ($0.700m) / Andreas Nodl ($0.970m)
Darroll Powe ($0.850m)

DEFENSEMEN
Matt Carle ($3.437m) / Chris Pronger ($4.921m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Braydon Coburn ($3.200m)
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Erik Gustafsson ($0.900m)
Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)

GOALTENDERS
Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.250m) / Sergei Bobrovsky ($1.750m)

(No Bonus Cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,952,488; BONUSES: $1,825,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $47,512

Good forward depth, room for the kids, a guy who is the love child of Hartnell and Carcillo (Torres), Hot Carle stays, AND they get a shiny new goalie!  Of course, that leaves them zero flexibility, and it's 2009 all over again.

What are your thoughts?  If the cap goes up to $64 million and the Flyers sign both Bryzgalov and Leino as Homer implied, what do you think the team will look like?  What do you WANT them to look like?

Disclaimer: This is not meant to compete with or supersede the extant Roster Contest.  But seeing as how the cap is likely going to be higher than we all expected - and considering Homer's comments yesterday - I thought I'd toss in an alternate vision of the future and see what you all have been thinking about.

This item was written by a member of this community and is not necessarily endorsed by <em>Broad Street Hockey</em>.

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