Before the season can begin, the Flyers need to do some roster adjusting. According to CapGeek, they are over the salary cap by $1.44 million. General manager Paul Holmgren needs to figure out a way to get the Flyers under the salary cap before the beginning of the season.
No, putting Chris Pronger on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) is not an option. They can only do that once the season starts and they cannot begin the season over the salary cap. Simply put: the Flyers need to make a move.
The Flyers have a logjam on the blue line with seven starting-caliber defensemen: Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossmann, and Erik Gustafsson. All but Gustafsson carry a cap hit of $3.5 million or higher which makes any one of them a nice trade chip.
Coburn and his $4.5 million cap hit have been shopped around this summer so he could be a guy the Flyers look to move while improving their squad. A player who would be more of a salary-dump would be Andrej Meszaros, who carries a $4 million cap it. Meszaros has looked strong in camp so far and has appeared healthy when called upon. Meszaros' contract expires at the end of the year so he could be looked at by a contender as a quality, one-year rental player.
Or the Flyers could totally shock us and trade someone we all thought was a lock to remain. It wouldn't be the first time they've done that.
There are some other options that are less likely but not totally out of the realm of possibility. The Flyers can send Brayden Schenn (or even Sean Couturier) to the Adirondack Phantoms for the start of the season then, once the season begins, they can place Pronger on LTIR and recall Schenn who has a two-way deal.
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