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06-27-2005, 01:51 PM
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Heres something from Spector


PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Tim Panaccio yesterday reported the Philadelphia Flyers may set their sights on New Jersey Devils UFAblueliner and 2004 Norris winner Scott Niedermayer once the new CBA is in place. Panaccio called Niedermayer " the most prized unrestricted free agent of the summer" as there's talk that he may not return to the Devils, citing previous occasions when the defenceman and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello "butted heads" in previous contract talks and a desire to test the UFA market. Niedermayer's agent Kevin Epp claims his client "hasn't crossed New Jersey off his list but is open to change since he's been a Devil since he was 18. Panaccio observes that under the 24% rollback Niedermayer won't make the $7 million he was to receive last season, but could "eclipse" the $4 million he made in 2003-04.

Flyers general manager Bob Clarke needs another impact defenseman. He lost Marcus Ragnarsson to retirement. He lost Vladimir Malakhov when he refused to re-sign last summer.

Yes, the Flyers are going to exceed the salary cap from the drop of the first puck and take a hit on the luxury tax. Does anyone think Niedermayer isn't worth such a price?

Spector's Note: My thanks to regular contributor "Go Sharks" and everyone else who sent this in. If the luxury tax is within the cap system as reported several weeks ago in the NY Post, then the Flyers would take the hit if their payroll maxed out at their cap ceiling. If it's to tax teams who spend over the cap, it'll be interesting to see how many teams are willing to go that route, even for a player like Niedermayer.

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