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06-16-2009, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by CarlRacki View Post
I don't think you grasp that there are better ways of clearing cap space than making a lose-lose-lose trade. The Flyers would be giving up more than they get in every aspect of that deal, except for cap space, where the gain isn't all that significant (2.9 million each of the next two years).
2.9M is a good 3rd line center, or scoring winger. 2.9M is a decent defenseman.

Trading Briere is 6.5M off the salary cap for the next 6 years. 6.5 MILLION. That's not just significant, that's MASSIVE. You're complaining that you're getting parts back in that trade, so lets really paint the picture out for you.

Two seasons from now you are almost DEFINITELY looking at losing one of Gagne, Carter, or Giroux. Carter is arbitration eligible, Gagne will be an UFA, and Giroux will be a non-arbitration eligible RFA.

Coburn is getting a raise after next season.

Lupul, Carle, Jones...they are certainly players you can move, but trading Briere literally neuters the salary cap problem entirely (unless you directly fill his cap space with another big contract like Bouwmeester -- which I would have no problem with).

So, what you are talking about doing is essentially nitpicking at the heart of the problem, does it solve it? Sort of, because you're going to have to replace all of those guys that you want to trade away. You don't need to "replace" Briere if you move him out. He's getting paid top line center money, and we have two guys who are better than him at center. His replacement is already on the team and on the salary cap.

Trade Briere, and the salary cap problem goes away.

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