As we continue to wait around and see what happens with this offer sheet I have been mulling something over in my mind and I don't know if it would be legal or even possible. A sign and trade scenario with Semin to go back the other way to Nashville to quell the threat of matching the Weber offer. There are a lot of moving parts involved and so therefore its about as likely as any nonsensical Eklund rumor, but I'll lay it out below.
So we know that Nashvillie is a long way from the cap floor. If they want to trade with the Flyers over the Weber offer sheet then it's to accomplish a few things. 1) Ease the distress of the fan base over losing the captain and best player and 2) Take on salary to reach the cap floor. 3) To not pay $27 million out of the owners personal cash stash.
To accomplish point 1 they need to bring in something good. Not scraps from the Flyers roster. We already know Couturier and Schenn won't go in Holmgren's head (at least all signs point that way). This leaves Voracek vulnerable especially with this Shane Doan business floating round in the Flyers front office heads. I don't like that and was thinking about alternatives so here we are. To accomplish point 2 they can take Meszaros but that won't help with point 1. Read and really Simmonds too are both on small enough contracts to not impact number 2 and really aren't good enough players to impact number 1 either. So what to do?
I figure money is not an issue to this Flyers club. They will do whatever is required financially to get their man. Semin wants paid at least according to the word on the street about him. But the guy wants paid and to still be in the NHL or he'd already be in Russia. The Flyers have money. If they Flyers signed him to something wacky like a 2 year deal with a cap hit of say 6 million dollars that was structured like 8 million in year 1 (with 7 million signing bonus 1 million salary) and 4 million in year 2 all salary no bonus that would give him a 6 million cap hit. When the Flyers sign him they pay out the 7 million bonus. Then he goes to Nashville say with Meszaros for 2 of our first round picks back. Nashville gets Semin, Meszaros, and 2 first round picks for Weber essentially. They also only pay 5 million out of 12 million owed to Semin on this hypothetical and wholesale pipe dream contract I've cooked up in my brain. But this scenario helps with points 1, 2, and 3 all at once for Nashville and all it cost was more of Ed Sniders cash.
Obviously Semin needs to be on board, you can't just sign and trade with out his consent or good luck ever signing a free agent again. The hypothetical contract can be tweaked to pay him more if it had to in order to get on board, but I figure consensus seems to be no one will go over 5 million for him so he gets extra scratch for signing on to this wacky scheme and gets his chance to prove he really wants to be in the NHL.
Maybe the whole scheme is collusion. Maybe the whole scheme would be shut down by the NHL. I was just wondering if it was possible. Any thoughts?