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Opening Day Roster


Jody Shelley's suspension, given that BSH is correct and his cap hit does not count against the upper limit, has given the Flyers some major options for how they fill their roster for opening day. Before the suspention here was our roster:

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Daniel Briere ($6.500m) / Scott Hartnell ($4.200m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m)
Jaromir Jagr ($3.300m) / Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Jakub Voracek ($2.250m)
Maxime Talbot ($1.750m) / Wayne Simmonds ($1.750m) / James Van Riemsdyk ($1.654m)
Ian Laperriere ($1.166m) / Jody Shelley ($1.100m) / Andreas Nodl ($0.845m)
Blair Betts ($0.700m)

DEFENSEMEN
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Chris Pronger ($4.921m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Matt Carle ($3.437m)
Braydon Coburn ($3.200m) / Andreas Lilja ($0.737m)
Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)

GOALTENDERS
Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.666m) / Sergei Bobrovsky ($1.750m)

CARRY-OVER BONUS PENALTY: $1,402,500

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,124,762; BONUSES: $3,815,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $175,238

Lappy on LTIR cap room (175238+1.166): $1,341,905

With that above, you can see we did not have many options. 1.34 million to use on our 13th forward and our 23rd player. If we want Matt Read to be our 13th forward, we wouldn't even have had enough money to have a full 23 man roster. However, factoring in Jody Shelley's five game suspension opens up four doors for the Flyers.Taking Shelley's 1.1 million and adding it to the previous 1,341,905 will net the Flyers 2,441,905 in cap room---with the 12th and 13th forwards to sign in addition to their 23rd man. Now the question becomes how do the Flyers fill the roster.

Option 1: The easy way- Tom Sestito and Zac Rinaldo have been the front runners for the 13th spot on the roster. With Shelley out and another spot open it is an option for the Flyers to dress one and scratch the other---while making no other moves. When Shelley comes back we can actually afford to keep all 3 (Shelley, Rinaldo, and Sestito) on the roster with roughly $250,000 in cap space (and both Rinaldo and Sestito on 2-way deals being able to be sent up and down).

Option 2: Matt Walker- Paul Holmgren has made comments about Matt Walker impressing him early on. The Shelley suspention could have given the Flyers a free 5-game showcase to deal walker (or for him to win a spot---but highly unlikely considering his 1.7 million dollar hit). We would have 741k left over---enough to fill the 12th forward position with either Rinaldo or Sestito---Eric Wellwood could be a long shot candidate due to his low cap hit. Matt Read would not be able to fit on the roster making this scenario highly unlikely (neither would Couturier) This scenario is not a high percentage one but it is possible---especially if we want to showcase Walker.

Option 3: Erik Gustafsson- Maybe the kid is ready, maybe he's not, but like Walker's situation---it is possible we see Gus come October 6th. The advantage Gus has over walker is his cap hit is only 900k compared to Walker's 1.7 million. We'd have slightly over 1.5 million to fill the roster---meaning Matt Read could be the 12th forward. If you add Read to the roster via Cap Geek we're left with 641k to spend---meaning Sestito, Rinaldo, and Wellwood (although Wellwood will not be brought up to be the 13th guy---he needs experince as his ceiling is much higher than that of a Rinaldo or Sestito) are fighting for the 13th spot. They could also choose to leave Read in the AHL and have Sestito and Rinaldo as the 12th and 13th guys, but Read has proven he belongs in the lineup way more than the two tough guys thus far. I'd be shocked if Gus is up and Read is not.


Option 4: Sean Couturier- I love Jody Shelley as a person. Like him as a player. Like his role. Think that in our division he, as a 13th skater, provides some sort of value. However, his suspension is a true blessing in disguise. First off, last year we had serious scoring depth. 8 guys (9 including Nodl, 10 including Versteeg) were capable of handling scoring responsibilities. We had depth and lots of guys to fill lots of time. I liked having Shelley dress and play 4 minutes or so because the other guys needed the minutes. This year's team is not last year's team. We are defensive oriented. We grind. We need talent (offensive or defensive) on the ice---not Jody Shelley. Sean Couturier should be on the opening day roster. Giroux got time the year he was drafted (wearing number 56, he even had  a SO attempt) and so did Sbisa. If Couturier has a 9 game buffer period---why not use it? Look at our schedule. Look how much experience he can get from the first few games---even if he's just sitting. At Boston---that game will be as intense as could be. At New Jersey---they will be coming out firing in their home opener. Home against Vancouver---the intensity in that building will be outstanding. Home against Richie and the Kings---no explanation needed. Our first top-10 pick in 4 years can gain way more experience by just warming up and watching those games opposed to dominating 16-year-olds in Drummondville. It gives the kid until October 20th as a Flyer---two weeks of learning how the professionals go about their jobs. He can then go back to juniors---with his ELC sliding--- with a new, fresh perspective on hockey and the way he goes about his daily activities. Then when Shelley comes back we send Couturier down (or a number of other moves) to juniors, then he'll play in the WJC, then he'll have his last junior playoffs, then he'll be a Phantom, then he'll get a taste of the AHL playoffs (hopefully), then he'll be a black ace. That year sounds much more fulfilling than another year in juniors. As far as the actual Flyers roster goes---take a look:

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Daniel Briere ($6.500m) / Scott Hartnell ($4.200m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m)
Jaromir Jagr ($3.300m) / Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Jakub Voracek ($2.250m)
Maxime Talbot ($1.750m) / Wayne Simmonds ($1.750m) / James Van Riemsdyk ($1.654m)
Ian Laperriere ($1.166m) / Jody Shelley ($1.100m) / Andreas Nodl ($0.845m)
Blair Betts ($0.700m)

(JVR-G-Jagr/Harts-Briere-Voracek/Read-Schenn-Simmonds/Nodl-Betts-Talbot)

DEFENSEMEN
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Chris Pronger ($4.921m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Matt Carle ($3.437m)
Braydon Coburn ($3.200m) / Andreas Lilja ($0.737m)
Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)

GOALTENDERS
Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.666m) / Sergei Bobrovsky ($1.750m)

CARRY-OVER BONUS PENALTY: $1,402,500

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,124,762; BONUSES: $3,815,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $175,238

Let Sestito and Rinaldo get some more minutes in Adirondack for the first few weeks of the season then bring them up (or one or none....) to play the 12/13th guy.  We have the money and the perfect situation to nurture Couturier---why not take advantage of the 9 games and the slide rule when we can? It is not everyday that the Flyers have the flexibility to really do what they want. Lost in all of this is Matt Read's opportunity. A Schenn/Simmonds/Read line can score and play defense. They can't "shut down" but they should be able to be proficient enough that they wont be a true liability. All 3 killed penalties for their respective levels last year (Simmonds was LA's 5th PK guy) and have scoring touch. AND... our fourth line would be Betts-Talbot-Nodl: a legitimate shutdown line. Not elite, but legitimate. They take the toughest assignments, Giroux and Schenn's line split the mediocre assignments and you shelter Briere. With a healthy defense and our shiny new goalie, we should be more than fine to start this season.

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