Free Agency IV (The Mattieuw Purrettu Super Sized Edition)
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07-23-2012, 12:12 AM
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Giroux could have "grown" as a 1C even with Richards and Carter still around. See Kopitar in Los Angeles (or even Giroux the season before).
While Schenn and Couturier certainly have very high potential, they have miles and miles to go before they're anywhere close to Richards or Carter. For all the praise Couturier gets as a defensive center, Richards and Carter were hardly slouches in that respect (Carter is very underrated defensively and Richards is a perennial top 10 Selke candidate). And with Richards and Carter inked for 10+ more seasons, it actually cost the Flyers years of team control of their core centers.
Pronger going to LTIR is the only reason they have the cash to go after Weber. The Richards trade was essentially salary neutral once you factor in Schenn's bonuses, and the cash freed up in the Carter deal was eaten up by Bryzgalov's contract (not to mention Voracek is still unsigned and is due for a raise). If they get Weber and Pronger is healthy this upcoming year, the Flyers will be significantly over the cap (even if they can unload Meszaros). Hell, depending on what happens with the CBA, they could very well be over the cap anyway.
And that core isn't going to be able to stay together for long unless the gut the supporting cast. Timonen and Hartnell are coming off the books next year, which will help them survive the raise that Voracek is getting this year and Simmonds will get next year. But the year after that will see Giroux, Couturier, and B. Schenn all hit RFA at the same time and well as Read becoming a UFA. Holmgren better work his ass off to get them signed before any other enterprising GM makes them an offer sheet after Holmgren's antics this year (Poile payback)? Even if he can avoid that, Giroux is going to command at least $7M almost regardless of what happens the next two seasons, while Brayden and Sean could pull in significant paychecks if they perform yet still a few million even if they're slow in developing.
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