(HAP) Flyers Head to FA With Barrel of Cash

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    Incredibly the Flyers cap number currently stands at 23 million for next year with the team sitting on about 30 million in the bank. There is a caveat though, as the team did not resign Scott Gomez or Martin Brodeur.

    “We want both players back and we’ve told their agent so. Frankly, we thought both the players and our team would be better served by letting the market dictate their value. We have the right to match on Scotty so we control the destiny there. With Martin it’s riskier but when we traded for him it was in anticipation of getting a discount on the signing. If we did not, then it was not worth to give up an additional 1st round pick to sign the player when all we would have to do is sign him in free agency if that’s what we decided to do.”

    The trading of Wade Redden and Todd Bertuzzi allowed the Flyers to collect younger assets but also to free up cap space. Todd Bertuzzi was traded for a song but in the cap world sometimes you have little choice.

    “We had a similar situation last year with Ray Whitney as we were over the cap heading into the draft. We knew Ray was worth much more than what we received in return but we reached out to every team and only found one bidder. Would we have liked to keep Ray on our team, certainly.”

    It’s clear that they Flyers want to be big players in the FA market this year. Their first goal will likely be to sign their own players but expect the team make a strong pitch for one or two UFA and possibly one RFA. “We’re not necessarily from the school of Kevin Lowe but we’re not going to stand on the sidelines either.”

    Flyers Current Depth Chart

    Centre
    Scott Gomez, RFA
    Mike Fisher
    Tim Connolly
    Stephane Yelle

    LW
    Simon Gagne
    Gary Roberts
    Fredrik Sjostrom
    Tyler Pyatt, RFA
    Tyson Nash

    RW
    Maxim Afiniganov
    Trent Hunter
    Jordin Tootoo
    Matthew Keith

    Defense
    Anton Volchenkov
    Colin White
    Brent Seabrooke
    Tim Gleason
    Cam Barker
    Mark Stuart

    Goalies
    Martin Brodeur, UFA
    James Howard
     

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