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06-18-2013, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Coppy View Post
The only one that is really comparable there is Gonchar. The rest were in their mid to late 20's when they signed those deals, making them much less risky. The cap hit isn't what most people are complaining about (I was expecting somewhere between 5-5.5), but is the length. A 4 year 35+ Contract is a major risk (made even more risky by the NTC) especially for a guy who peaks out as a 2-4 defensemen.

Right now, unless they find a taker for Mez, the Flyers will likely have about 29 million (roughly 45% of the cap) committed to what is at best an average D core. If this contract was an isolated case, I don't think most of us would care. But it speaks to a larger problem which is that the team has horrible cap management skills. Homer was just given 2 get out of jail free cards that will most likely be used on Bryz and Briere. And he's wasted no time replacing those with more bad contracts.
I was thinking the exact same thing. Remarkable that he would this and it stinks of desperation.

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