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02-27-2009, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by alternate View Post
cap problems or no, I'm still surprised that Philly couln't get even a 5th rounder for him. but I'm also surprised he made it to us on the waiver wire. so our gain and I'm not complaining.
There are probably a couple of reasons.

The first is that the timing isn't great because most teams that will be buyers this deadline have very little cap space and using up what little they have now before they have a chance to evaluate deals that may go through over the next five days isn't the most prudent move. The Canucks have a ton of room even with Vaananen on board so it isn't as much of a concern. Similarly, for Philadelphia, they needed to make room fast for Briere, and so instead of holding out for a mid round pick they decided to waive him to get him off the books before the weekend.

Second, teams know the Flyers are in cap trouble and probably weren't willing to throw them a bone just to help them out.

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