Homer should talk to Matt Read's agent about a possible bridge contract.
If Read resigns for < 4.5M per for two years (he would still only be 29 years old when the contract ends) that would help a lot.
There's a reason no players really sign for 1 or 2 year contracts. Bridge contracts suck for the players.
In a world of guaranteed contracts, these guys are looking to maximize their years because there is always a risk of injury.
Bridge contracts exist for players who haven't quite broken out yet but expect to do so in the future. GMs keep them cheap for a couple of seasons and, in return, young players get an opportunity to demonstrate their worth, often getting big-time raises.
Read is in a similar situation, but because he's not an RFA, there's no reason to take a bridge contract.
Since he's a UFA, there are plenty of teams that will take a risk on him for big money at a number of years.
He will be looking for 4.50-5.50 over 4-5 years probably, if not 7.
Actually, since he's at a perfect age for this, you could feasibly get him cheaper on a 7/8 year contract. (Flyers could offer him 8 to re-sign him.)
5.5 + 5.5 + 5.5 + 4.5 + 4.5 + 3.5 + 3.0 + 3.0
CAP HIT: 4.375
The truth is that Read is going to want to get paid, he's going to want long-term, and the Flyers would be much better off locking him up sooner rather than later if they feel he is in their long-term plans.
If you lock him up right now, you could potentially get him around 3.75-4.00.
How about we offer Matt Read, Braydon coburn and draft picks (excluding 1st round picks) for Bobby Ryan? Also sign Simon Gagne (2 years total $4 to $5), Rob Scuderi (3 years total $8 to $11 Millions) and Ray Emry (2 years total $3 to $4 Millions).
I am not sure if we can get Tim Thomas for a year or two for $3 to $4 Millions a year then I will go with Tim Thomas over Ray Emry.
I would prefer Bryan Bickell over Simon Gagne. I think teams will over pay for his services. He will cost $3 - $4 Millions a year for 5 to 6 years. Flyers need another LW.
I'm not sure everyone is going to like some of these guys once they hear what the going rate for the top forwards is going to be.
Clarkson at 4.5M+?
Horton at 4.5M+?
Stallberg at 3.5M+?
Fillipula at 5M+?
Bickell at 4M+?
Dupuis at 4.5M+?
I'm not sure any of those are really good options, but I guess Stallberg is the most reasonable "bargain" of the group. DuPuis is probably my favorite player in the group with Fillipula a close second.
I don't think Homer is going to trade #11, I think that's just a rumor or something that came up in negotiations but I think it would be more along the lines of Coburn and Read. I think they'll keep #11 and are most likely drafting a defenseman. I think Ryan is a better fit and honestly the rumors aren't going to stop until he's a flyer so I can see this deal happening.