The Flyers are over the cap. In fact, according to CapGeek, they are over the salary cap by $2.05 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 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 addition of Daniel Cleary and his $2.75 million cap hit only increases the necessity to move some salary. The deal cannot become official until the Flyers clear space.
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. The only problem with a potential move of Meszaros is that he has not been cleared to play after suffering a shoulder injury last season that limited him to just 11 games.
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.
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