In my first ever fanpost, I'd like to take a look at a potential 2014-15 Flyers roster created on Capgeek.
First, the roster:
CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
Wayne Simmonds ($3.975m) / Claude Giroux ($8.275m) / Jakub Voracek ($4.250m)
Mason Raymond ($2.500m) / Brayden Schenn ($2.500m) / R.J. Umberger ($4.600m)
Michael Raffl ($1.100m) / Sean Couturier ($1.750m) / Matt Read ($3.625m)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare ($0.600m) / Scott Laughton ($0.863m) / Jason Akeson ($0.800m)
Zac Rinaldo ($0.750m) /
Mark Streit ($5.250m) / Andrew MacDonald ($5.000m)
Luke Schenn ($3.600m) / Braydon Coburn ($4.500m)
Kimmo Timonen ($2.000m) / Shayne Gostisbehere ($0.925m)
Mark Alt ($0.782m) /
Steve Mason ($4.100m)
Justin Peters ($0.538m)
Daniel Briere ($0.000m)
Ilya Bryzgalov ($0.000m)
Chris Pronger ($4.941m)
RETAINED SALARIES (3.26% of upper limit)
Vincent Lecavalier ($2.250m—50.00%)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,877,500; BONUSES: $2,326,667
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $4,122,500
Some notes on moves:
- I find it very likely the Flyers try and move Nick Grossmann for almost anything to a team that needs to hit the cap floor in the upcoming season. While essentially a traffic cone and square peg in our round hole, Grossmann does provide some value for a team that needs a player of his ilk. Whether it's a part of a package or not, I think he's a guy that isn't here next season.
- Also likely is the long talked about move of Vinny Lecavalier. I've mentioned before that I think the Flyers will wind up keeping Vinny and playing him at 2C (because, Flyera), but the ideal situation is to move him even at the 50% contract retention cost.
- Contrary to what some BSH'ers feel, I'd be encouraged if the Flyers went after a guy like Mason Raymond, but on the right contract. I don't want to see the world burn. I just want to see Schenn play with some guys that have speed and a finishing touch. Something fairly similar to the contract Max Talbot got a few seasons ago would not be terrible.
- I resigned Akeson at a slight bump.
- In my opinion, Wayne Simmonds made the jump last season and deserves a shot at the top line. His right handed shot and strength on the puck would be a great addition to the Ginger duo. At times, Simmonds appeared to be the only one on the ice playing like his hair was on fire. I think his exclusion from Ron Hextall's recent "Candidates List" is a smokescreen to his future plans.
- It may not look good by analytics, but I think with sheltered minutes that second line could really provide some production. Raymond, Schenn, and Umberger are all willing to bang bodies and pin down opposing defenses and I think they could gel together nicely.
thirdsecond line is pure sex. While I'd argue that Matt Read is the other winger I think deserves top line time, I am hesitant to break up such a productive shut down team that he and Couturier create. I also think that line looked the most dangerous offensively and defensively last year when Raffl was on it.
- Full disclosure: I don't expect this to be the Flyers fourth line next season. There are no face punchers on it, for one. However, this unit would be high energy and have so much offensive potential while carrying (by most accounts, anyway) defensive responsibility.
- I would be 100% fine if Ghost started on the opening day roster, provided he was playing with Kimmo and at reduced minutes to save both of them. If a happy balance could be struck there, it would help both greatly. I'm a little wary of pairing Luke Schenn and Coburn, but I'm wondering what an offseason with a fully committed defensive coach may do for Schenn's issues.