Flyers Are Involved in Everything (Business As Usual)
While this offseason will not be like two years ago when the Flyers blew up their core of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, it’s getting pretty hot in Philly.
Speculation for the Flyers is rampant as they are now forced to make a number of moves following Mark Streit’s arrival to get under the cap. Beloved players will get the axe, new faces will arrive and I now firmly believe that Paul Holmgren and George R.R. Martin are the same guy.
By signing Streit to four years, $21 million, the Flyers cap problem inflates to $75,245,189. That is conveniently only $7,985,189 over the cap limit. Did I say that was convenient? What I meant to say was “Fuck”.
Danny Briere will absolutely be gone. He’s always been a defensive liability at 5’10, 179 lbs. However, his ice time has decreased significantly over the last few years along with his offensive production. At a price tag of $6.5 million, Briere knew the jig was up. Here’s a quote from mid-April:
“I can’t control if they decide to buy me out. I believe in this team. This is where I want to be. […] I want to be here and I’m going to try everything in my power to stay here.” – Danny Briere
With a number of reports indicating that Briere has ben informed of being bought out, Briere will finish a memorable run in Philly with 124 goals and 159 assists for 283 points over six seasons.
The next big name to go is likely Bryzgalov. Considering that Holmgren bet the farm on Bryz almost exactly two years ago when he traded Carter and Richards away, this can be considered nothing but a colossal failure by the front office. While there’s some wiggle room in deciding how bad Bryz actually was, the fact remains that he’ll be remembered more for his off the ice antics than his his play.
His love of the universe, Stalin, and trendy tops will be the lingering lore of a franchise goalie gone bad. It also makes the arrival of Sergei Bobrovsky as a top-level goaltender that much more painful.
The best thing that could come out of this would be the possible arrival of Jonathan Bernier of the Kings. Bernier is in a similar situation to Bob’s in the way that he is a young goalie who won’t have the chance to start behind a veteran in Jonathan Quick.
If the Flyers are able to bring him in, he’ll be relatively inexpensive option to hedge their bet on Steve Mason. Bernier, who will be a restricted free agent, is 24 years old that can compete for the right to be the team’s long-term starter. For his career Bernier has a save percentage of .912 over 62 games. For reference, Mason has a SV% of .905 over 239 starts.
In another new piece of information from the rumor mill, it appears that the Flyers would be interested in Brad Richards of the New York Rangers if he were to be bought out with seven years left on his deal. Richards, who is 33, would fall in the same category as Streit as a “win-now” option that would likely be pretty overpaid on the back-end of the deal.
He’s certainly not at top form anymore. If his numbers from last year were placed over an 82 game season, he would have had 19 G and 39 A for the year. Not great numbers from someone with his resume. There’s also the fact that he was a healthy scratch…in the playoffs…in an elimination game.
There’s also a nugget of info that explains the Flyers are in talks with the Duck for forward Bobby Ryan. Even if this is simply prodding around, it’s nice to see the Flyers interested in a player that has a future. Though, like all of the Flyers problems, Ryan has cap complications. He has a price tag of $5.1 million over the next two years before hitting unrestricted free agency.
However, of all of the moves available, Ryan might be the best fit. He’s a 26 year-old Olympian that averages 25 G and 24 A per year that would be able to provide a strong offensive presence and grow with Giroux, Voracek, Brayden Schenn, etc.
From the Flyers end, Braydon Coburn and this year’s first round pick are possible trade pieces. Which, if you’ve been a good boy/girl and listened to our podcast, obviously makes sense for the Flyers to move on from a defenseman. Especially one playing so poorly.
However, it’s still early in the process. Like I mentioned earlier, no official decision has even been made on Bryz, but this is all just a reminder that the offseason for the Flyers may be just as crazy and fast-paced as the season was. Buckle up.
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Posted on June 20, 2013, in Flyers, Posts, Vince Quinn and tagged bobby ryan, brad richards, brayden schenn, Braydon Coburn, claude giroux, danny briere, ilya bryzgalov, Jake Voracek, Mark Streit. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.