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07-11-2013, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by BernieParent View Post
The problem with the Timonen salary is that it is all but earmarked for new contracts for Giroux, Schenn, Couturier, etc. Giroux's new deal eats up $4.5 mil. Thus, there's a measly $1.5 million to go to the others owed raises. Plus, Holmgren will be in the market for 2 goaltenders, either resigning one or both of the current tandem and filling the empty position(s). I doubt Mason or Emery will agree to an equally cap-friendly deal if they make a case for sticking with the Flyers.

This all but guarantees that Timonen can't come back, unless he takes a ridiculously large cut in pay. Yes, Meszaros will be gone, too, which will give (hopefully) some breathing room now, but serious cap room needs to be banked for next season.
The Flyers have $12.7 mil under the cap next year at its current level with Giroux new hit incorporated plus the cap is suppose to go back up to $70 mil next year. Schenn and Couturier will get no more than $3 each probably and the starter goalie getting $3+ unless a Vezina type season (unlikely) and the backup $1+ (total of about $5) So if the cap hits $70 mil, the Flyers will have about $7.3 mil to resign Gus, another defensemen, and a two fourth line forwards. Also a 7th defensmen. Not the cap hell it is being made out to be.

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