Thread: Speculation: Gormley piece: Carle v. Leino?
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05-30-2011, 01:31 PM
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Gormley piece: Carle v. Leino?|text|Sports|p

And then there is the issue of unrestricted free agent Ville Leino.

He wants $3.5 million and, despite a late-season swoon that saw him finish with 19 goals and just three in the playoffs, he could get close to that on the open market. The Flyers would like to keep Leino's salary at about $2.5 million, and it could be difficult to bridge that gap between now and July 1.


If we assume Holmgren keeps his core group of forwards intact (minus Leino and Carcillo), he would need to create salary space for a goalie by trading someone from his overpriced blue line. Matt Carle's one-year, $3.4 million salary appears to be the most likely casualty.


With Oskars Bartulis, Erik Gustafsson and Kevin Marshall knocking on the door to the NHL, Holmgren may be willing to part with Carle's salary if it means freeing up enough cap space -- about $4 million before the salary cap increase -- to land the goalie the Flyers desperately need.

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