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04-11-2009, 12:02 AM
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A cap-related article...


UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The origins for the problem trace back to the summer of 2007.

It’s when the Flyers spared no expense and completely revamped their lineup in an effort to wash away the worst season in franchise history and to rebuild quicker than anyone in the league ever had before.

The Flyers were hell-bent on doing it too, the relatively new salary cap be damned.

So they traded for Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell, threw more than $63 million combined their way and told them they were going to be part of the Philadelphia hockey renaissance.

Then came Danny Briere and his whopping $52 million salary. Mike Richards’ 12-year, $69 million deal followed. Jeff Carter was given $15 million for three years. Joffrey Lupul was extended for four years at $17 million.

The message was being sent league-wide: No salary cap can keep the Flyers down for very long.

And they were right. An unexpected trip to the Eastern Conference Finals ensued, and the orange and black were back to where they were accustomed – among the NHL elite.

But then reality set in. And the financial situation reared its ugly head. While all the money they had tossed around in the previous year had paid dividends, it also tied the Flyers’ hands greatly.

Hay Now

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