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01-08-2014, 03:53 PM
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Having to fit Pronger's $4.94m hit under the cap at the start of every season gives Philly less space to resign RFAs and sign free agents. The Flyers couldn't sign a real third liner to play with Read and Couturier in the offseason and had to get one by trading Talbot. If they keep Downie and sign the rest of their RFAs to reasonable, performance-based raises they will only have a few million dollars in cap space at the end of the 2014 training camp when rosters have to be set.

But the 35+ rule is not to blame. Even if Pronger's contract hadn't come under that rule he wouldn't have necessasrily retired. Savard hasn't retired and he was 33 when his 7 year, $28.15 million deal started in in 10-11.

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