The Flyers announced today that Jon Kalinski has signed a one-year contract extension, and free agent goaltender Jason Bacashihua has signed a one-year deal with the team.
They likely aren't NHL moves. Kalinski's chance with the Flyers has seemingly come and gone, and Bacashihua is essentially terrible with a career .897 save percentage in the NHL. The Bacashihua signing could mean some more moves in goal for the Flyers when it comes to the backup position, especially since it means there are now three goalies (him, Michael Leighton and Johan Backlund) vying for spots with the Adirondack Phantoms, but who knows at this point.
For now, we're to be concerned with more pressing matters. The Flyers are at the 50-contract limit.
Here's a full list of contracts, as of today, with some help (of course) from CapGeek.
NHL Forwards (13): Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, James van Riemsdyk, Brayden Schenn, Max Talbot, Jake Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Ian Laperriere, Jody Shelley, Andreas Nodl, Blair Betts.
NHL Defensemen (7): Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Matt Carle, Andrej Meszaros, Andreas Lilja, Oskars Bartulis.
NHL Goalies (2): Ilya Bryzgalov, Sergei Bobrovsky.
Other Forwards (15): Mike Testwuide, Andrew Rowe, Tyler Brown, Jason Akeson, Harry Zolnierczyk, Matt Read, Stefan Legein, Tye McGinn, Ben Holmstrom, Luke Pither, Shane Harper, Eric Wellwood, Tom Sestito, Zac Rinaldo, Jon Kalinski.
Other Defensemen (9): Matt Walker, Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Joonas Lehtivouri, Kevin Marshall, Oliver Lauridsen, Tyler Hostetter, Dan Jancevski.
Other Goalies (4): Michael Leighton, Niko Hovinen, Johan Backlund, Jason Bacashihua.
Slide Rule (1): Marcel Noebels
Noebels' contract was announced on Monday, and he qualifies for the Slide Rule exception because he'll be 19 on December 31st and he won't play in 11 NHL games this season. The Slide Rule means that his contract "slides" from this season to next season.
So by virtue of that, while they actually have 51 players under contract, the Flyers are right up at the limit now with these two signings of Kalinski and Bacashihua.
That's not an ideal position to be in. Our wonderful CBA Expert, DragonGirl, explained why in a FanPost back in early June (when she saw a lot of these problems coming before they even happened, by the way).
If we go to 50 contracts now and we have an injury at some point during the season, we cannot sign somebody or pick someone up off of waivers. We'd simply have to do without, or make a trade.
That's the position the Flyers find themselves in today. If they don't get rid of a contract or two before the end of the season, they'll be without any breathing room in another department -- although that's certainly a familiar theme around these parts. You know, since there's not any cap space to sign another guy or claim somebody off waivers anyway.
It's funny: at the end of this crazy offseason, this is the sort of thing that sticks out as the most egregious of errors. You can be mad at the organization for trading away your two favorite players or for jumping the gun and overpaying a goaltender or whatever, but at least you can sort of understand why they did all of that. You can credit them for being ballsy and sticking to whatever guns they have, at the very least.
Signing Jason f'n Bacashihua to a contract, which pushes the team to the limit, when they're already stacked in goal at the AHL level makes literally no sense.