Understanding the Cap - Help!

Flyers fan in Texas here, and I'm trying to understand a little more about the salary cap and how it affects the Flyers this upcoming year. I've made a couple of assumptions on what is possible and wanted to throw it out there to see if this path would actually be possible, or whether I'm missing something with how the salary cap works.

My first assumption is basically adding one player to the Flyers - Gagne, for a salary of $2.0 million.

I've sent Gervais, Laughton, and Bourdon down to take them off the team and remove their cap figures.

Which leaves the Flyers with this CapGeek roster:

My Custom Lineup
Scott Hartnell ($4.750m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / Jakub Voracek ($4.250m)
Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Vincent Lecavalier ($4.500m) / Wayne Simmonds ($3.975m)
Simon Gagne ($2.000m) / Sean Couturier ($1.375m) / Matt Read ($0.900m)
Maxime Talbot ($1.750m) / Adam Hall ($0.600m) / Zac Rinaldo ($0.750m)
Jay Rosehill ($0.675m) /
Kimmo Timonen ($6.000m) / Luke Schenn ($3.600m)
Mark Streit ($5.250m) / Braydon Coburn ($4.500m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Nicklas Grossmann ($3.500m)
Chris Pronger ($4.941m) / Erik Gustafsson ($1.000m)
Ray Emery ($1.650m)
Steve Mason ($1.500m)
Buyout: Oskars Bartulis ($0.100m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $68,609,356; BONUSES: $2,800,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster):- $1,509,356

Unlike a lot of people on the site, if it's possible cap-wise, I'd prefer to keep Meszaros rather than trade him. He may not be a great 1st or 2nd pairing defenseman, but would be a pretty good 3rd pairing guy based on some of his past seasons. Also, with him and Grossman's injury history and Timonen and Streit up there in years, it seems like a good idea to have a few extra serviceable guys to play during the year (with Gervais and Bourdon being able to be called up if a player is injured for a few weeks or months at a time).

If Gagne is signed and Meszaros is kept, that obviously puts the team over the cap with Pronger's salary still on the books. It's my understanding it is better that Pronger be placed on the injury list after the season starts (clears more space for the year if I remember reading on here previously correctly), so if Schenn is sent down for the first game (and removing his +$3.0 million salary at the start of the year), would this get the Flyers under the cap for the first game of the year? Followed by Pronger being placed on the long-term injury list, Schenn being recalled for the second game of the year, and the Flyers ending up approximately $3.4 million under the cap for the year? Not sure how the bonus figures into all this (or even what it is or where it is from)...

Not sure if this would work, so I'd thought I'd throw it out there to other more knowledgeable people on the site. I'm not really wanting to debate whether Gagne could or should be signed or if Meszaros should be kept - more just curious about whether this is a scenario that could work under the current NHL salary cap limitations.


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