Players The Flyers May Wish to Target

Everyone has been giving their input o players the Flyers should go after this off-season, so I figured I'd do the same. This off-season the Flyers should address several things: the need for a veteran scoring winger, a sound defensive-acquisition, added toughness and the back-up goalie position. I will list players who I feel would be the best fit to fill these voids.

Matt Greene

The Flyers should make a serious push for Greene. He has impressed many during the Kings' current cup-run, and would be a great addition to the Philly blue-line. Greene is a hard-hitter, he is defensive-minded and a right-handed shot. He is also a good leader, as he has served as an alternate-captain for the Kings in past seasons. I would try and package a deal involving JVR and try to pry Greene out of L.A.

Simon Gagne

Maybe I'm a bit bias here, and maybe just a dream, but I'd love to see gags back in Philly. We could acquire Gags in a deal that would also bring Greene to Philly, for lets say JVR, Matt Carle's rights and a possible late draft pick. I think that if healthy, he could be a great add to this young team. Gagne would add veteran leadership, and could very easily play on a top-line with good players on his line to help him out. A line with Gagne along-side Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux could be very interesting to see.

Brandon Prust

Prust is a player I've loved to watch play for a long time. He is a hard-hitter and a sound defensive player. Prust is also not known to be a dirty player, as his one-game suspension these playoffs was his first in his career. Prust would add toughness while not being a defensive liability. He played on the Rangers' top penalty-kill unit this season, making him all the more valuable. Prust could easily plus in on the third or fourth line.

Antero Niittymaki

A lot of talk has gone around as to who our back-up goalie will be this season. To be honest, I wouldn't have a problem with Sergei Bobrovsky coming back to the Flyers. But should the Flyers choose to go the cheaper and veteran route, Niitty should be a target. He didn't played in the N.H.L. last season, so his price-tag should be low, and with Tomas Vokoun already signed in Pittsburgh and Martin Biron likely staying with the Rangers, Niittymaki seems like a good fit. He is a career back-up, so he knows how to handle the work load.

If the deals happened, the Flyers roster would look something like this

My Custom Lineup
Scott Hartnell ($4.200m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / Simon Gagne ($3.500m)
Wayne Simmonds ($1.750m) / Danny Briere ($6.500m) / Jakub Voracek ($3.500m)
Eric Wellwood ($0.580m) / Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Matt Read ($0.900m)
Brandon Prust ($2.000m) / Sean Couturier ($1.375m) / Maxime Talbot ($1.750m)
Zac Rinaldo ($0.544m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Matt Greene ($2.950m)
Braydon Coburn ($4.500m) / Nicklas Grossmann ($3.500m)
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Andreas Lilja ($0.738m)
Erik Gustafsson ($0.900m) /
Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.667m)
Antero Niittymaki ($0.900m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $62,946,944; BONUSES: $2,705,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $7,353,056

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