The Flyers could easily have 17 million in cap space next year.
You read that right, and it’s actually very straight forward possibility. If you use the cap calculator on Capgeek for the flyers, they are expected to be 2 million over cap ($2,552,262 to be exact) next year, but if we try to see just how much space Paul Holmgren could potentially free up, it is rather surprising (and a little frightening). So, if Homer wanted to realistically clear as much space as possible, this would be plan of attack.
First step: send down Scott Laughton. This is a no brainer move, and I’m not sure why Capgeek has him by default on the roster. Unless we move Couturier or Schenn, in my mind, he’s all but guaranteed to stay down in the juniors/minors.
Cap space? -$1,445,595.
Next step: trade, use a compliance buyout, or amnesty, Briere. Here’s the first significant roster move, though I’m for it for three reasons: he’s a defensive liability, increasingly injury prone, and his offensive prowess is waning. If they do chose to get rid of Briere, the best choice would be to trade him, because obviously, we’d get something back. If no deal could be made, compliance buyout would be next choice, as it erases the cap hit.
Cap space? $5,054,405
Next step: Trade, buy out, or amnesty, Bryz. Again, the point of this is to clear as much cap space as possible. I’m not sure about the decision to move on in net, but if it was made, trading, again, would be the best option. If not, the other option remains (compliance buyout).
Cap space? $10,721,071
Fourth step: Put Chris Pronger on LTIR. Now we’re getting in some serious cap space, the final major move would be another no brainer, but this cap space doesn’t come without some restrictions. It’s a little bit confusing how long term injured reserve works, but if I read the CBA correctly, what it essentially does is allow the Flyers to go over the cap by Chris Pronger’s cap hit with ONE contract (for one replacement player). It only will kick in if the flyers go over the cap, but one player can push them over up to roughly 4,900,000 over the cap. For simplicity, we’ll just say the Flyers get that space no strings attached, and drop Pronger’s cap hit.
Cap space? $15,662,500
Final steps: Move or send down Bruno Gervais and Marc-Andre Bourdon. Again, I’m not sure as to why they are on the default roster (or at least why Bourdon is), but for me, these are two final no brainers (if we are trying to see how much cap space we can hoard.)
Final Cap space tally? $17,100,000
There you have. All 17 million (a cool hundred thousand) in free cap space.
Now, at this point, the flyers would have to sign/acquire/recall at least two players: a defensemen and a goaltender. But they have 17 million dollars to do that. So the question is, what would you do? Go after Alex Pietrangelo and or Mark Striet? Bring back Jagr? Sit pretty and don't do anything? Make Columbus' collective brain explode and sign Bob to a massive offer sheet? Bogosian? Weber? Trade for Luongo -- just kidding.
And for the curious, the final bare bones roster would look like this:
Scott Hartnell ($4.750m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / Jakub Voracek ($4.250m)
Tye McGinn ($0.775m) / Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Wayne Simmonds ($3.975m)
Jason Akeson ($0.900m) / Sean Couturier ($1.375m) / Matt Read ($0.900m)
Jay Rosehill ($0.675m) / Maxime Talbot ($1.750m) / Zac Rinaldo ($0.750m)
Kimmo Timonen ($6.000m) / Luke Schenn ($3.600m)
Braydon Coburn ($4.500m) / Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m)
Nicklas Grossmann ($3.500m)
Steve Mason ($1.500m)