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Flyers 2013 Offseason Signings: Looking Back

Forwards

(Vincent Lecavalier: 5 Years, $22,500,000)

I was looking up some of these numbers and I was shocked at how many players got signed to big deals this offseason. I remember that Clarkson and Clowe stood out, and that Horton had received a big deal from Columbus, but the contracts of Ribeiro, Filppula and Weiss all surprised me. Lets get down to the numbers.

Player(Age)

Years

Cap Hit (Mil)

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PPG

PPG per Mil

5v5 CF%

5v5 CF Rel%

Mike Ribeiro (33)

4

$5.50

58

14

26

40

-4

0.69

0.125

53.7%

+4.1%

0.24

0.45

0.69

Patrik Elias (37)

3

$5.50

44

11

22

33

-7

0.75

0.136

56.2%

+3.4

0.25

0.50

0.75

Nathan Horton (28)

7

$5.30

18

4

7

11

3

0.61

0.115

52.6%

+2.7

0.22

0.39

0.61

David Clarkson (29)

7

$5.25

39

4

6

10

-5

0.26

0.049

44.4%

+2.1

0.10

0.15

0.26

Valtteri Filppula (29)

5

$5.00

56

20

21

41

2

0.73

0.146

52.5%

+1.8

0.36

0.38

0.73

Stephen Weiss (30)

5

$4.90

26

2

2

4

-4

0.15

0.031

41.6%

-10.4%

0.08

0.08

0.15

Ryan Clowe (31)

5

$4.85

27

3

10

13

-11

0.48

0.099

50.5%

-4.5%

0.11

0.37

0.48

Vincent Lecavalier (33)

5

$4.50

46

12

11

23

-15

0.50

0.111

44.3%

-5.2%

0.26

0.24

0.50

Offensively: Vinny has scored the most goals out of all the comparable forwards, and he is in the middle of the pack when you factor in PPG and PPG/$.

Defensively: His CF% and CF% Rel of 44.3 and -5.2 respectively are 2nd lowest, ahead of only Stephen Weiss. Not to mention the impact he has had on his linemates this year.

Overall: Lecavalier has been a massive disappointment thus far in Philadelphia, barely holding on to his top 6 position and having people calling of him to be traded or moved to the 4th line. Battling through injuries has made this a tough year for Vinny so far, hopefully 20 days of rest and relaxation can help him for the stretch run.

Grades:

vs. Free Agent Forwards: C (optimistic)

vs. Overall Opportunity Cost: D-

Defensemen

(Mark Streit: 4 Years, $21,000,000)

The 2013 Defensemen Free Agent class didn’t leave Homer with too many options, which may have been his reasoning behind trading for the rights to Mark Streit two weeks before FA opened. The Flyers needed a top defensemen, and preferably one with some offensive talent. Here are the numbers.

Player(Age)

Years

Cap Hit (Mil)

GP

G

A

P

+/-

5v5 CF%

5v5 CF Rel %

Mark Streit (36)

4

$5.25

59

8

21

29

-3

48.1%

-2.0%

0.14

0.36

0.49

Sergei Gonchar (39)

2

$5.00

52

2

15

18

-8

49.6%

-1.7%

0.04

0.29

0.35

Rob Scuderi (35)

4

$3.38

29

0

2

2

-1

44.2%

-7.9%

0.00

0.07

0.07

Andrew Ference (34)

4

$3.25

57

2

9

11

-10

43.2%

-2.8%

0.04

0.16

0.19

The small FA class left us with only 3 comparables for Streit, each of which is in his age range.

Offensively: After a slow start, Streit has picked it up a bit offensively providing some power play goals from the 2nd unit point as well as filling in for Kimmo on the 1st unit. Streit has the best offensive numbers by far, scoring double the amount of goals than the other 3 combined and with just 2 less points than the other 3 combined.

Defensively: Streit’s defensive numbers are also in the top of the group of FA defensemen. A -3 +/- over 59 games is just 2 worse than Scuderi in half as many games. His CF and CF Rel are both surprisingly at the top as well, behind the ageless Sergei Gonchar.

Overall: Although Streit has been deemed a disappointment for the Flyers, especially earlier in the year, he has been playing surprisingly well compared to his peers here. Hopefully the Olympics can have Streit playing more like Swiss chocolate, and less like Swiss cheese.

Grades:

vs. Other Defensemen: B+

vs. Overall Opportunity Cost: B-

Goalies

(Ray Emery: 1 Year1, $1,650,000)

Signing Emery to a 1 year, 1.65 million dollar deal in early July seemed great at the time. Coming off a Jennings Trophy winning season in Chicago, it looked like Emery would compete with Steve Mason for the starting job, or be worked into a tandem at the very least. Fortunately for the Flyers, Mason took his opportunity and ran with it, leaving Emery with the 1B in the 1A/1B tandem, and eventually the backup role.

Player(Age)

Years

Cap Hit (Mil)

GP

W

L

OTL

SV%

GAA

Nikolai Khabibulin (41)

1

$2.00

4

1

0

1

0.811

5.01

Ray Emery (31)

1

$1.65

21

7

9

1

0.902

2.91

Jason LaBarbera (34)

1

$1.00

7

1

3

0

0.870

3.27

Dan Ellis (33)

2

$900K

13

5

5

0

0.906

2.94

Anton Khudobin (27)

1

$800K

20

13

6

0

0.927

2.14

Thomas Greiss (28)

1

$700K

14

7

4

1

0.932

2.09

Out of Emery and his 5 other FA "backup" goalies, he has played the most games, and has therefore picked up the most losses. Khabibulin has suffered injuries this season, limiting him to just 4 games, and LaBarbera disappointed in Edmonton and is now with Chicago's AHL Affiliate.

Out of the other 4, Emery has the most losses, lowest SV% and second highest GAA (just by .03 goals per game). Ellis has done a solid job in Dallas with a .500 record, and after an injury to Cam Ward, Khudobin was thrust into the starters role where he has thrived. Greiss has also done a stellar job in Phoenix backing up Mike Smith, with a 7-4-1 record and the best SV% and GAA of the group.

In hindsight it seems like the Flyers overpaid for Emery. Khudobin and Greiss are making half of what Ray is, and are significantly outperforming him.

Grades:

vs. Free Agent Goalies: D

vs. Overall Opportunity Cost: D

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