I can live with moving Hartnell or Carle to make room for Bryz at no more than 5.5 million per year. I wouldn't have made this move but nobody can argue that he is certainly an upgrade.
I really like Bob and think he can be the goalie of the future but I also really liked Boosh and really liked Esche and really liked Nitty after there 1st year in a Flyers uniform as well. Goalies are hard to predict and Brzy is probably one of those rare "sure things" in net just entering his prime goalie age.
But back to freeing up space.
Options: Hartnell, Carle and Carter (I am crossing out Carter because I don't see that as a viable option and I won't bother with it)
Moving Hartnell is my preference he frees up more space compared to Carle and the STUPID penalties are killing me. I think it is easier to replace Hartnell who plays on the a sheltered offensive line with easy assignments with a AHL guy than it would be to replace Carle who gets tough minutes. The downside of moving Hartnell is the NTC which is probably relegate this move to a Gagne esque salary dump. Hartnell also is one of the few "big" 200lbs+ forwards we have on this team despite that fact he rarely uses that size for anything useful. And losing both Hartnell and Leino is big blow to forward depth we bragged about so much this season.
Moving Carle frees up less money (probably not enough) and leaves a sizable hole on Pronger's pairing. Carle is a young D-Man who can move the puck very well. The positives are we have invested a lot of picks (when we have made them) on the blueline and have most of our system depth on defense compared to upfront. I think guys like Marshall and Gus are closer to NHL ready than guys like Matt Read. It is Pronger's pairing, and Pronger can make up for mistakes very well and help build the confidence of these young guys as he did with Carle two years ago. We have a highly paid D-core and cutting down the salary on the blueline seems logical. Carle doesn't have a NTC compared to Hartnell and therefore can probably net fair market value in return. The other fact and most important fact is that Carle is a UFA after this season and he probably won't be back. Coburn is also up and so is JVR comes off his entry level it is going to hard to keep them all in the fold past this season and if forced to choose between Coburn and Carle I take Coburn without hesistation. So like the very unpopular Upshall trade, preemptively trading Carle before he walks gets you something for nothing.
Lastly something I just considered.
Moving Both.... Carle and Hartnell combine for a cap hit of 7.8 million dollars. That is a lot of dough. Even signing Brzy at 5.5 leaves 2.3 million. Getting rid of Hartnell's bloated contract is a good move and something I was hoping for even if the Flyers stayed cheap between the pipes. And Carle departure after this season is a fore gone conclusion anyway and cutting down on D-Core spending is something people have been clamoring for this also makes sense.
This is probably the best case scenario. We could then go after reasonably priced UFA's or actually get players in exchange for Hartnell and Carle to bolster there departure. Could also potential keep Leino or Zherdev on the roster as well there is a plenty of options as I have illustrated below.
Here is a CAP GEEK lineup in which the Flyers have moved both Hartnell and Carle. It is a 20 man roster in which there is over 3.8 million in cap space to fill in two spots to improve the everyday lineup over what I put up there. That is a lot of cap flexibility room to make things better. I also resigned Carcillo which and I am probably overpaying Nodl at a cool 1million and I only moderately raised the cap to 62.4 million in could go another 1.4 million higher. Either way that is a complete potential starting lineup with plenty of cap flexibly to make it much much better. So like always I want to encourage everyone to remain calm and see how it all breaks down before we start calling for people's heads and jumping off the Walt Whitman Bridge.
CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $62,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $58,569,988; BONUSES: $1,700,000
CAP SPACE (20-man roster): $3,830,012