It seems that Brian Rafalski may be the odd man out in New Jersey.
The Devils are making a strong play to re-sign all-star blueliner Scott Niedermayer ($6.8 million per season offer over 2-5 years) but have not made any significant offers to Rafalski. As the talented Rafalski could earn between $2.5-3.5 million anchoring another team's power play, shed no tears for the puck-moving defenseman.
For example: Dallas' signing of 35-year-old Sergei Zubov (three years, $12 million) sets the salary bar higher for a younger, offensive defenseman, like New Jersey's Brian Rafalski (31) or the Islanders' Adrian Aucoin (32).
The Flyers talked to Bill Zito, who represents Rafalski. It was not specifically about Rafalski, but about minor-league prospects Zito represents. However, the Flyers were curious as to how much Rafalski wanted.
Among the Flyers' "B" list of players are Rafalski, San Jose's Mike Rathje, 31, and Aucoin. The Flyers eliminated Aucoin because his asking price was too high, said agent Larry Kelly.