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06-21-2011, 09:01 AM
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Meltzer's line of thinking here is intriguing this is why from the beginning I thought if Carter got traded it would be in a multi-team deal. You would maximize your return for Carter. If it plays out like this I would def be for it...

Strictly for argument's sake, let's say the Flyers did end up making a deal with Columbus and the deal brought back Jakob Voracek (Columbus' 2007 first-round pick), young defenseman John Moore (a Columbus 2009 first-round pick) and the 8th overall pick of the 2011 draft.

Then let's say the Flyers flipped the 8th pick plus Versteeg to Florida for the 3rd overall pick. With that pick, the Flyers would likely get one of defenseman Adam Larsson or winger Gabriel Landeskog.
Florida, which needs to add a heap of salary just to get to the cap floor, would get a player Tallon knows well from his Chicago days and who could be plugged right into their top six. They would also still get a pretty good prospect with the 8th pick of the draft.

What would this mean for the salary cap? Voracek is a restricted free agent. He made about $1.27 million in his entry-level deal and it would more likely than not take a cap hit of about $2 million to get him signed to a new 2-3 year deal. Moore is still on his entry-level contract, which pays him $965,000 on the cap.

Figuring in these two salaries plus a $6 million cap hit for Bryzgalov, the Flyers would then have about $1.3 million of cap space left over under a presumed $64 million cap to sign Ville Leino, Andreas Nodl and Darroll Powe. Also figure in the need to negotiate a deal with Larsson/Landeskog.

The available cap space above includes the salaries of Walker, Michael Leighton, Johan Backlund and Ian Laperriere. Subtract Walker and the goalies and it's a practical figure of $5.9 million of remaining cap space (not including LTIR for Laperriere) to spend this summer and become compliant with the $64 million cap by opening night.

The Flyers would lose Carter and Versteeg under that scenario but, on the flip side, would be able to resign Leino, would add Voracek to the forward corps and the promising Moore (who struggled as a pro rookie, as so many young defensemen do) to the blueline mix, and add a blue-chipper either in projected future first-paring defenseman Larsson or the gritty and potentially NHL-ready Landeskog to the forward mix.

I am not saying that I think the Flyers will, should or even would be able to do this. But it some food for hypothetical thought during Silly Season. I don't think it would put Philly in better shape on paper for a 2011-12 Cup run, but I do think it could extend the Cup window beyond the next year or two.

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