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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I asked...and you Voted...

So...I ran this poll and asked you to vote for your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd All-Time Flyers Team. The poll closed this past Saturday, and I apologize as 'Ol Fez has been under the weather the last few days, but the results are in.

Some of the results may surprise you, they surprised me. But remember, you guys voted so don't kill the messenger LOL!

Star-divide

Your All-Time Flyers...1st Team:

At Left Wing...#7...Bill Barber

At Center...#16...Bobby Clarke

At Right Wing...#12...Tim Kerr

At Defense...#37...Eric Desjardins, along with #2...Mark Howe

In Goal...#1...Bernie Parent



Your All-Time Flyers...2nd Team:

At Left Wing...#10...John LeClair

At Center...#88...Eric Lindros

At Right Wing...#8...Mark Recchi

At Defense...#4 Barry Ashbee, along with #20...Chris Pronger

In Goal...#27...Ron Hextall



Your All-Time Flyers...3rd Team:

At Left Wing...#26 Brian Propp

At Center...#17 Rod Brind'Amour

At Right Wing...#27 Reggie Leach

At Defense...#44 Kimmo Timonen, along with #2 Ed Van Impe

In Goal...#31...Pelle Lindbergh



So there you have it, the All-Time Flyers teams as voted by you (and I), the Flyer Faithful...

Starting tomorrow, I will post a little Bio-piece on each of the players you selected...Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ideas to prevent any more "Kovygates"

So I was over at Broad Street Hockey...

I was reading the post by 'Lindbergh31' regarding the suggestions for "Kovalchuk-Type" Contracts.

I got to the following response from 'DragonGirl0583'

I think it’s going to requires some broader changes that close more than one of the loopholes to be effective, and make sure the newer loopholes the lawyers can find are smaller. For this post I’m just throwing out random ideas, I haven’t sat down and broken down all the implications to them as if I fully support them; I’m merely trying to get discussion going on having a combination of changes rather than trying to close this loophole with just 1.

So let’s say we take this 33% rule as a start, preventing how much the contract can go up and down so the salary isn’t so drastically tapered toward the end. Now maybe add in a change to the LTIR loophole; so for one idea, maybe you only get 1/2 or 2/3rds of the cap room back if a player over a certain age (lets say 40) goes on LTIR for an entire season. Playing with that idea, if this were to hypothetically happen to the Flyers and Pronger goes on LTIR at 41, we only get 2/3rds (3.25M) of the cap space back, and still have 1.3M of it as a penalty against our cap. That would at least deter a GM from counting on that LTIR exemption for the years when a player is over 40, but it would have no effect on a young guy who took a head shot, because he could still come off the cap completely if he goes on LTIR. In Lou’s case with this contract, if Kovalchuck didn’t play those last 4 years, Lou’s got a 2M cap penalty for all those years because he chose to give out this crazy contract. It would make them a little bit more accountable for these long contracts, but still, it’s far from perfect. Last, we would need to change the retirement loophole for a contract like this, since Kovy signed it before 35, knowing that he could retire (or defect to the KHL) and have it disappear completely. So for one possibility, let’s treat contracts longer than 10 years as if they were 35+ contracts (even if the player isn’t 35), and then if the player retires they still count on the team’s cap. All random ideas, but I’m just throwing them out there. My point was just that I think our proposals need to close multiple loopholes in order to actually lessen the problem.

It got me to thinking, AND typing...My response to hers began to look more and more like a post than a response. So, here I am with some more suggestions following along with DG's above referenced ideas. I came up with a series of guidelines the NHL can use when dealing with contracts of this nature...I am no genius, but they seem logical in that they take into account the term, age of the player, and the Average Retirement Age in the NHL. They also would impose a series of 'Penalties' to deter teams from submitting bogus contracts, deter players from finding ways to 'Skip Out' of their contracts, AND deter other teams from trying to bring those players back in under a new contract with a new team...

I am a big boy and can handle criticism, so I want to know what you all think. It is, after all, those kind of 'Round Table' discussions that generally lead to the best solution for all...



If Fezzy were King For A Day:

I am liking DG's ideas alot, they make good sense, which of course is why Bettman, the NHL, & the NHLPA will NEVER go for it, because it makes sense.

If the NHL, the NHLPA, and the Player Agents could see past THIS YEAR's Dollar Signs and look at how these kind of contracts and loopholes are going to become detrimental to the League in years to come then it might have a chance. Other wise it's all moot.

But...your use of the existing 33% and LTIR rules is a great way to start. Changing the rules on contracts in length of 10 years or more is Imperative...Now if a guy signs a 12 year contract at age 20, everyone is going to expect him to be able to play out the length of the deal, by comparison a guy getting a 10 year contract at age 30 is most likely NOT going to be played out...



The NHL and NHLPA need to get together and do a little number crunching. I was thinking of going back to the year of the first expansion, however with the changes in equipment, rules and better training and medical care for players that might be too far. So, they need to go back to say 1980. Looking at every player that has been in the NHL (say minimum of 82 games, enough for one complete season)...get the ages that they all retired. Once the retirement age for every player with at least 82 NHL games is determined for the years 1980-2010, determine the AVERAGE AGE of RETIREMENT (Sure there will be exceptions, freaks of nature like Chelios, Recchi, Gordie Howe, Guy Lafleur)...THEN, they will be able to set up a sensible system for contracts written for extended lengths of time...

I mean if the average age of retirement is 36 years old, then signing a 33 year old player to an 8 year contract would be governed by the new rules. (Such as the contracts for players that are 35+)

Also they need to kill the loopholes, ESPECIALLY because of the European Leagues now available for player 'Escapes'...So say your average age of retirement works out to 36...



A. Player contracts signed at 35 years of age or older carry the full Cap Hit for each year of the contract regardless of whether or not the player retires, goes on IR, or leaves to play in another Professional League (Europe).



B. Player contracts signed from the age of 30-34 years of age whose length will exceed the Average Retirement age of 36 will have a Descending Penalty Scale imposed for those cases where the player does not, or can not complete the terms of said contract.


(Example: Joe Player is 32 years old and signs a 7 year/$36M contract, the contract is front-loaded paying $28M in the first 4 years and $8M over the last 3 years...Joe decides to hang 'em up at 35 years old...he still has 4 years and $15M left on the deal...The team would have a $3.75M penalty/hit in year one(100%), $2.81M year two(75%), $1.875M in year three(50%), and a final hit of $937K(25%) in the final year)...The team would be required to suffer this 'Penalty' for signing a contract that went past the average age of retirement, but they would not be forced to endure the FULL HIT of $15M, only a percentage (about 62%) equaling about $9.372M.

It may seem harsh but it will deter teams from signing contracts that are obviously meant to circumvent the Cap.


Now I do believe that there should be a provision in place to lower the penalty against the team in the event of an injury preventing the player from honoring the term of the contract. Like an insurance policy against the contract, perhaps it could reduce the team's penalty by 35-40% for each of the remaining years...



C. Player contracts signed between the ages of 25-29 years of age which are in excess of 5 years...Penalties would only be applied for those years which exceed the Average Age of Retirement. Penalties imposed would be 75% of those imposed on age 30-34 (Because it is feasible for a 25-27 year old being able to play out a 8-10 years contract (barring injury)).

(Example: Joe Player is 28 years old and signs a 10 year/$45M contract. The contract pays $35M during the first 7 years, and $10M over the final 3 years. Joe retires after the 6th year of the contract. He is currently 34, the Average Retirement Age is 36. No Penalty is imposed for years 7 or 8. He is due $6.67M over years 9 and 10. The team's penalties would be $2.5M in year 9, and $1.25M in year 10...It seems confusing but it's really not. 2 remaining years for $6.67M, instead of the Full Cap Hit (due to his age) it would be only 75% of the $3.335M owed, and instead of 50% Cap Hit (again due to age) it would be 37.5% of the $3.335M owed for the final year).



D. Player contracts signed between the ages of 18-24 years of age. No penalties imposed against team up to the Average Age of Retirement. However, if a player leaves the NHL to play in another Professional League (such as the KHL), player penalties may apply. The player may NOT return to NHL (except to the team they are under contract with) for a period no less than the remaining term of said contract PLUS 20%. A player returning to the team with which the contact was signed will be required to honor the FULL REMAINING TERM of said contract.


(Example: Joe Player is 22 years old and signs a 7 year/$21M deal with the Avalanche. After 2 years, he decides the grass is greener in the KHL, he bolts. He may not return to the NHL with any other team for a period of 6 years (5 remaining years + 20%). He may return to the Avalanche at any time, but will be required to play out the remaining 5 years of the contract for the balance of $15M still unpaid. (The ONLY exception to this ruling would be if Colorado chose to resign the player to an updated deal upon his return, or if they trade him to another team.) If the another team wanted to sign said player and have him return to the NHL, Colorado would receive draft pick compensation (such as with an RFA, but steeper as this is a little different situation), also the player's new team would be required to pay the Avalanche a 'Penalty Tax' equal to 10% of the original contract value (in this case $2.1M)). This may sound steep, BUT it is meant to deter both Players AND Teams from what I guess you would call 'Tampering', after all what good is a contract if the player can skip town after only a portion of the contract, lay low for a year or two, then come back and sign with another team. I will tell you...WORTHLESS! In this example, say the Oilers wanted Joe Player, and he wanted to come back and play for them. The Oilers would pay the Avalanche $2.1M in cash, and would be required to forfeit draft pick compensation the same as if they had signed Joe Player as an RFA to a 5 Year/$20.25M contract (a 35% penalty imposed on the value of the contract due to the nature of the situation NOT being a standard offer sheet for an RFA).



I am no lawyer, I am no genius, but it seems that if some VERY simply written, but hard to circumvent Rules were in place. And the Penalties imposed were steep enough, teams AND players would mostly adhere to them...IMHO...



If only I were King for a Day...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

What does $59.4 Million get in today's NHL?

Since it was such a slow day in the NHL it set my mind to wondering. With all the Salary Cap issues facing not only the Flyers, but many teams in the NHL right now, what can you get in today's NHL for $59.4 Million? And thanks to the folks at Capgeek.com, I was able to find out...

We are going to take a little trip through Fantasy Land.

Of course I realize the possibility of ACTUALLY constructing a team like this would require an alignment of all nine, that's right NINE planets (When I was in school Pluto was a planet, as far as I am concerned, it still is) , a Solar AND a Lunar Eclipse all happening at the same time. But here we go anyway, I hope you'll tag along, so in the immortal words of Mr. Gene Hart..."Buckle your seat belts, it's gonna be a bumpy ride."



So I have constructed a team that last year accounted for:

1. 330 Goals

2. 544 Assists

3. 961 PIMs

4. As a team were +49



Based on the lengths of their current contracts, I will have:

3 players to re-sign in 2011-2012

11 players to re-sign in 2012-2013 (this is the only really tough year)

5 players to re-sign in 2013-2014

3 players to re-sign in 2014-2015

0 players to re-sign in 2015-2016

1 player to re-sign in 2016-2017



Without further ado, here's what I got...



P. Sharp ($3.90M) - S. Koivu ($2.50M) - D. Brown ($3.175M)

J. Hecht ($3.525M) - R. Peverley ($1.325M) - R. Bourque ($3.33M)

G. Latendresse ($2.50M) - S. Ott ($2.95M) - M. Recchi ($1.95M)

J. Jokinen ($1.70M) - C. Giroux ($822K) - Clarkson ($2.67M)



T. Enstrom ($3.75M) - S. Robidas ($3.30M)

K. Quincey ($3.125M) - T. Lydman ($3.00M)

N. Kronwall ($3.00M) - K. Foster ($1.80M)



K. Lehtonen ($3.55M) - T. Rask ($1.25M)



On the Bench...

(C)F. Nielsen ($525K), (C)E. Christensen ($925K), (D)K. Russell ($1.80M)



I have my full 23 man roster.

Total Cap Hit: $55,871,667

Available Cap Space: $3,5828,333



And this concludes our trip through Fantasy Land.



Again I realize this team configuration would be almost impossible to put together, but it is just an example showing that a competitive team can be put on the ice without Cap Circumvention (and I didn't even make it through the whole league when perusing the rosters and the various player's Cap Numbers). There are no Superstars on this squad, maybe a couple with the potential (Brown, Giroux, Rask, etc), but I would rather have 18 regular skaters that are all going to put up a 35-55 point season. Rather than 2 or 3 guys making $6-7M(+) which would cripple my ability to fill out the remaining roster with a full compliment of quality NHL talent. It also helps to prevent any Prima Donna's from being created.



So I hope you enjoyed our little diversion, perhaps - for just a moment - it took away the thoughts of Jody Shelley, Matt Walker, and only $300k under the cap...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kicking the Tires and a Trip to Fantasyland...

I am thinking that, given the cap space, this would have been a Great Idea. In fact isn’t that what MOST Free Agency Periods are for? Signing the one or two Veteran players that will provide a little scoring, a little depth, and a little leadership for the younger players.

Two Words…Mark Recchi…

How much would you have liked to have his Leadership, his energy, AND his 18 goals and 25 assists over 81 games last year for a relatively low hit of $1.7M? How much would you like to have it again this year for $1.95M…

Or, say…Mike Knuble and his Veteran presence around the net, his 29 goals and 24 assists over 69 games with just a $2.8M hit…How much would you like it again this year…

Of course hind sight being 20/20 we look now and go, aw $hit…that’s 47 goals – 49 assists for a hit of only $4.5M…Hmmm…almost 50 goals, way more than this guy we are paying $5M for right now.

The Flyers have some truly exciting young players that are just starting to come into their own. This team would have certainly benefitted from a couple of “Re-Treads” along to add some punch, add some scoring and help to ‘Mature the Kids’

The fact that there are more than a couple of these guys that were available over the last two seasons, and available fairly cheap, and we didn’t add one or two (instead opting for guys like Jody Shelley and his AWESOME career PPG of .091) is disturbing to me.

Here’s another example, would you have preferred to ‘Kick the Tires’ on a guy like John Madden for the same money we wasted on Shelley? He may not bring scoring, but he is a faceoff-winning penalty-killing machine…Where Jody Shelley is useful in providing ballast at one end of the bench so it doesn’t fly up when the PLAYERS sit at the other end…

While I do realize that a mistake will never be acknowledged, and I understand WHY Homer would never come out and admit that he ‘Screwed the Pooch’ with free agency this year, there are ways to fix (or at least put a shiny new bandage on) the problems…

Shelley = Mistake…Walker = Mistake…Cote = Unnecessary

If I Were The King of Flyerland for a Day…

All three of these guys would be gone, shipped off to Adirondack (hopefully with someone claiming Shelley and Walker on waivers), thus clearing myself $3.3M and giving me a total of approx $3.6M to work with…

Now I go get me a Left Wing…I have a few options here that could be cost effective…I could try to ‘Kick the Tires’ on Paul Kariya (providing he would play for 1.5-1.8M/year, which is quite a step down from the $6M he made last year, but worth a shot on a 1 or 2 year deal). Or, I could bring back “Rusty” Fedotenko for 1-2 years at about $1.5M…OR I could ‘Kick the Tires’ on Jere Lehtinen for a year in the $1.2-1.5M range…

I am left with approx $1.5-1.8M left to play with…

Now I go get me a Right Wing…Again there ARE options…Teemu Selanne? Unlikely as I doubt he would play another year for anyone but Anaheim. Petr Sykora would be an option as he played last year for $1.6M, Bill Guerin is an option, but I see this as being a slim chance as he didn’t seem to want to play for LESS than $2M again, but he might be enticed to play for a year at $1.8M, or what about taking a shot with Marek Svatos, still a younger guy (27), he averaged 20 goals over first two years before having a severe drop off last year. He would be a ‘project’ that I see as similar to Zherdev (When he WANTS to play he can be brilliant), and considering his poor showing last year I am fairly confident that he could be had for $1.5-1.8M/year for 1-2 years (down from the $2.35M he made last year)…

So…Meanwhile back in Fantasy Land…

I have managed to convince Kariya to join the Orange & Black for 1 year @ $1.695M
I have also secured the services of Sykora for 2 years @ $1.1M/year…

I have thrown all of my ingredients into the bag, shook ’em up, and these are the lines that popped out…

Kariya ($1.695M) - Richards ($5.75M) - Carter ($5.0M)

Hartnell ($4.20M) - Briere ($6.50M) - Leino ($800K)

JVR ($1.654M) - Giroux ($821K) - Zherdev ($2.0M)

Carcillo($1.075M)/Powe($725K)/Lappy($1.167M) - Betts($700K)/Powe - Sykora($1.10M)

and Defensive Pairings of…

Pronger ($4.921M) - Carle ($3.437M)

Timmonen ($6.33M) - Coburn ($3.20M)

Meszaros ($4.0M) - O’Donnell ($1.30M)

Bartulis ($600K) is waiting in the wings…

Behind this Re-Vamped Line-Up I keep my Goalies as

Leighton ($1.55M) and Boosh ($925K)

Although I am secretly hoping that Johan Backlund ($800K) outplays Boosh and takes the back-up spot (NO DISRESPECT MEANT TO BOOSH)…

I am looking at my Line-Up, I am excited by the possibilities, I am thrilled to have fit all this under the Cap…

THEN I WOKE UP…

And found that Walker and Shelley were still on the Roster and we only have $300K in Cap Space…

Monday, July 19, 2010

I admit, I Have NO IDEA WHAT HOMER'S THINKING!!!

Well, it's official, Gagne to the Lightning, 1.7M worth of used pucks in return...

Think I'll just go put my head in the oven now...



Cheers,

Fezzy

Gagne to the Lightning!!!

Initial reports from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News indicate that Fan Favorite and Lifetime Flyer Simon Gagne has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning...

I am trying to confirm this now...

Stay Tuned...

Cheers,

Fezzy

Goalies 'R' Us...

And another debate rages on...

I think the Flyers BIGGEST issue was, as the playoffs showed, DEFENSE…I don’t care if you are 36 or 26, you cannot play 29-30 minutes a night without wearing down. Only being able to CONFIDENTLY roll four defensemen in the playoffs killed us. I think Leights would have been fine had Pronger,Timonen,Coburn, & Carle not been completely burned out…Homer has addressed this situation admirably, on paper the Flyers may now have the deepest/most experienced Starting Six in the League (with the additions of Meszaros and O’Donnell to be our #5 & #6), and bringing in O’Donnell is also good in that he and Pronger helped mature Anaheim’s young defensemen a couple of seasons ago and with Kimmo’s help I believe they will do the same here…

All that being said, there are goaltending issues that have not, but COULD have been addressed…

Re-signing Leights for 2 years @ 1.55M…Good Signing…
Other than that?
Not so good…

Tried low-balling Nabby, no go…
Tried low-balling Turco, no go…yet…

Could have signed Dan Ellis, who I think would have been a perfect compliment to Leights giving us a 1a & 1b tandem (Unfortunately Boosh is the odd man out). Ellis signed for a measly $1.5M/year for 2 years with Tampa…for that price Jody Shelley should be washing dishes at Denny’s and Ellis should be pulling on an Orange Sweater…

Hell, we could have brought Biron back to Philly to back up Leights. Only $895k/Year for 2 years. Smaller Cap Hit than Boosh and would have been an upgrade…

That is all moot now…

So…

Theodore? Maybe like 3-4 years ago I would have jumped to sign him, no so much now.

Turco, probably the Flyers best bet (barring a trade that nets us a goalie (no pun intended))…I think Marty is probably starting to realize that this year for Goalies, it is a BUYER’S, NOT a Seller’s market…Once Homer dishes off a fan favorite to clear the Cap Space, he is most likely the target and by that time will most likely have lowered his contract demands.

Mike Smith (been rumored to be available in a trade), I would rather have Dan Ellis (see above)

Jon Quick and/or Jon Bernier, I don’t think you are prying either of these guys away from the Kings without giving up something significant.

Johan Backlund: An interesting situation, just signed a 2 year deal, and may just come into camp and outplay Leights AND Boosh (wouldn’t THAT be nice…here’s hopin’)

Sergei Bobrovsky: Well I sure HOPE this guy is the Goalie of the future considering we have $5.25M committed to him over the next 3 years…

And for now? We wait…


Cheers,

Fezzy

And the Debate Rages On...

The sad and simple truth to this situation is that mistakes have been made. They are glaring mistakes that have now put us in the position of ‘dumping’ a player that no one truly wants to see go. The argument rages on Gagne-Carter, Carter-Gagne?…In reality these are the only 2 bankable commodities that the Flyers have to trade…

MISTAKES:
1. The Biggest was wasting 2.2M in cap space to sign Jody Shelley and Dan Carcillo…I am not as upset at re-signing Carcillo as I am with signing Shelley. He is a Left Wing (We needed help on the Right), an Enforcer (We were going to re-sign Carcillo, and Cote is still under contract), and he CAN’T SCORE (Career Average of LESS than 1 point for every 10 games played AND a (-)29 for his career)…
2. This ties directly into the Shelley signing…How did we NOT sign Dan Ellis? He wasn’t expensive (1.5M/year with Tampa for 2 years), he would have made a perfect tandem with Leighton. And he was affordable, Hell I would have been ok to bring Biron back to back-up Leighton, a $895k cap hit for 2 years? Ok, welcome back Marty…though it’s Ellis I think we should have gotten. Now I love Boosh more than my luggage, but in this case he would have been released. The $1.1M wasted on Shelley AND the $925k cleared from releasing Boosh easily should have gotten us the second goalie we needed in Ellis…

POSITIVES:
1. I don’t want to completely bash Homer, he did fix one of our glaring issues…DEFENSE…The acquisition of Meszaros (which has the about the same cap hit as what we were offering Hamhuis), and the signing of O’Donnell gives the Flyers a Veteran Starting Six. Also the pairing of Pronger and O’Donnell helped to mature Anaheim’s young defensemen a couple seasons ago, I believe they (along with Timmonen) will do the same here with guys like Bartulis. Alot of folks are not happy about Meszaros, BUT, in Tampa he was expected to be their #3, here he will be less pressured being our #5, and the stability of being paired with O’Donnell should help him to thrive…

So…Here we are again in Kansas…

Who do we have to trade, that ‘A’ has value, and ‘B’ will get us under the Cap (currently $2.5M over)…

1. Hartnell? Poor regular season, cranked it up for Playoffs…Value? Yes…Enough to get the Flyers a decent return AND convince another GM to suck up his 4.2M Cap Hit? Doubtful…Next Contestant…
2. Gagne? Ok, regular season despite some injury trouble. Came back to be a playoff hero. When healthy he is a 70 point guy and one of the better 2-way forwards in the NHL. Value? Absolutely. And that he is UFA after season makes his $5M Cap hit easier to swallow for another GM if he doesn’t have a good season…
3. Carter? Young, Talented…You NEVER want to trade a guy like that. However…ok regular season, invisible in playoffs after injury. Value? Oh you better believe it…After this season we will be in the same Cap Hell as this year, we cannot afford both Gagne and Carter (and you had better believe someone WILL sign Carter to a sheet in the off-season). If Carter signs we get some picks and some Cap Relief, if we trade him now he should have enough value to net us a player, a prospect, a pick, AND Cap Relief. (And we could always be Ba$tard$ and sign him to a sheet after the season to try to get him back, Dirty Pool I know, but all is fair in love and Salary Caps).
So therein is the dilemma…who do we let go? Of course we don’t WANT to let anyone go, but the fact is we HAVE to…

There are a couple of players about the same age as Carter that have smaller Cap hits and can give us some scoring from the right side…Bourque (CAL),Brown (LA), Sammuelson (VAN)…All of these guys can score, play the right side, have smaller cap hits, are signed through at least 2012, are OUT of the Conference, and could probably be had along with a prospect and a pick for Carter…
But I Digress…My fingers are cramping, and my humble opinions have been voiced…
Any Thoughts?

Cheers,

Fezzy

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Re-Signing 'Car-Bomb"...

So...The Flyers re-sign Car-Bomb...

Ok, so here we go...

With the signing of Carcillo, the Flyers now sit @ 2.497M over the Cap which, of course, has to be trimmed by the end of training camp.

With the signing of Car-Bomb, the Flyers now have almost enough enforcers to put TWO fourth lines out there (Betts, Shelley, Carcillo, Lappy (and if you want to throw him in Cote is still under contract)...

So...We still need to sign Powe, still have unsure Goaltending issue, and Still have a hole on the Right Wing...

We are back to the place No Flyer's Fan wants to be...Waving Goodbye...

Carter? Gagne?...Gagne? Carter? Who will it be? Homer says Carter is not going anywhere, should we believe that, or is it just the standard GM Smoke & Mirrors?

This has been analyzed and talked about alot since the end of the Playoffs, but here we go again...

The PROS and CONS...

Trading Gagne: Other than immediate Cap relief (trading Gagne's $5.25M salary will get us under the Cap by approx $2,752,700), I can not think of many PROS in trading Gagne. After all, we would be trading him FOR someone, so how much of that $2.75M will actually be available, logically I would think whomever we get in return is going to have at LEAST a $1.5M Cap hit, leaving only about $1.25M available...The CONS are many...You are losing a Highly Skilled 2-Way Forward that is still only 30 years old, yes he has had some injuries, but he plays hard, and he plays hurt (when possible), you are losing a fan favorite who has given this franchise everything he had for 10 years, you are losing a player that even though he is UFA after this season, may be willing to structure a contract to stay in Philly and still provide some cap relief now by back-loading the deal...

Trading Carter: Nobody likes to trade a Talented, Young player away...however, that being said, Carter probably has more value right now in a trade because of those very reasons. The same would apply as with a Gagne trade (the actual Cap relief would most likely boil down to about $1-1.25M taking into account the salary coming back to us in the trade), but with Carter the team is more likely to get a prospect and a draft pick thrown in which helps to lessen the blow by giving pieces to help the future. And you can bet the farm SOMEONE WILL sign him to a sheet next year as a RFA which is sure to 'Put the Screws' to next years Cap (Just like the Sharks did to Chicago with Hjalmarsson). The CONS are obvious, and have already been stated, he is young, talented, and trading him away will likely haunt us down the road (gotta find a Western Conference suitor to help prevent this).

I have heard people mention Hartnell, IMHO this is NOT going to be the case, while his playoffs were strong I dont think they were strong enough to make a $4.2M Cap hit attractive to very many GM's...

It's gonna be Gagne or Carter...

But the money has to be used CORRECTLY!

We should be able to sign Powe in the $650-725k range, anymore for a player with 26 points in 123 games and a (-8) career rating is too much.

Hopefully the trade would net us a Right Wing to fill the final hole on the Right allowing BOTH Briere and Giroux to move back to center. So, splitting the difference ($690k for Powe), that leaves us $560k under the Cap. IF we release Boosh, that gets us to $1.485M under...

BIG QUESTION: Is $1.485M/year going to get us an upgrade over Boosh? Will Turco relent and take a 1 year shot for that money?

REALLY makes you question why we WASTED $1.1M on Shelley (a Left Wing (we didn't need), an Enforcer (We didn't need))...Because, I am SURE that $2.585M/year would have gotten us the upgrade at Goaltender we needed (After all, Ellis signed in Tampa for $1.5M/year)...

Got to remember though, in a 'Perfect World', Backlund may come into camp and outplay BOTH Leighton AND Boosh. Then we will all (well most of us) forget the off-season miscues until it's time for next years miscues...

Cheers,

Fezzy

Monday, July 12, 2010

Checkmate or Game Over?

The key to next season? What is Homer's Next Move?

Homer sured up the defense already: Pronger,Timonen,Carle,Coburn,Meszaros, & O'Donnell?

On paper possibly the deepest starting 6 in the league (and Prongs and Odie were partners in Anaheim and helped to develop their young defensemen, which along with Kimmo, they will do again here). Meszaros may have struggled trying to be Tampa's #3 guy, he will not have that struggle being our #5...

Zherdev helps to fill the glaring hole on the right side, but still need another right wing that can score. Its the only way to get Briere and Giroux back to center ice (which I think their play in the playoffs showed was much better when they were at center).

Goalie is still also an issue, and I am still bent about signing Shelley (We did NOT need another Left Wing, and we did NOT need another enforcer), that money should have gone to sign Dan Ellis (the 1.1m we wasted on Shelley and the 577k we had left under the cap would have gotten him (he did, after all, sign with Tampa or 1.5m)).
All that being said, the key is...

A. Who gets traded? Gagne or Carter? Though all signs point to Gagne, dont count yer chickens yet.
B. What do we get in return?

Homer's next move will be the key to this years team...

Will it be Checkmate, or Game Over?

We Shall See...

Cheers,

Fezzy