Flyers and Free Agency: Lots of Choices, Little Cap Space
(UPDATE: The Flyers created $3.33 million of cap space Tuesday by buying out Oskar Lindblom.)
The Philadelphia Flyers have virtually no cap space, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be active when the free-agent period opens Wednesday at noon.
They could get space by buying out James van Riemsdyk, or by making a deal (Ivan Provorov? Travis Konecny?).
The Flyers might also get cap relief if Ryan Ellis ($6.25 million annual cap hit) isn’t ready for the start of the season and goes on the long-term injured list. Ditto Joel Farabee ($5 million)
Philly only has about $119,000 in cap space, but teams can exceed the $82.5 million cap by 10 percent in the summer.
And, remember, general manager Chuck Fletcher is on the hot seat and needs to change the team’s culture, whether it’s through a trade, a signing, or both. He has called for an “aggressive retool” this summer.
The Flyers are trying to get harder to play against (hello, 6-foot-4, 220-pound Mason Marchment?), and need to upgrade an offense that desperately could use a proven goal scorer. And, yes, Johnny Gaudreau, a South Jersey native who grew up rooting for the Orange and Black, would fit the latter description.
But he will probably cost $9 million or more annually.
Having acquired Tony DeAngelo from Carolina means Philly doesn’t figure to sign a defenseman unless it feels Ellis won’t be ready for a while. Ellis missed most of last season with a pelvic injury.
Here are some of the unrestricted free agents who could interest the Philadelphia Flyers:
LW Johnny Gaudreau
Stats: 40 goals, 115 points in 82 games.
C Nazem Kadri
Stats: 28 goals, 87 points in 71 games.
LW Mason Marchment
Stats: 18 goals, 47 points in 54 games.
LW/RW Ilya Mikheyev
Stats: 21 goals, 32 points in 53 games.
LW/RW Nino Niederreiter
Stats: 24 goals, 44 points in 75 games.
LW/RW Frank Vatrano
Stats: 18 goals, 32 points in 71 games
LW/RW Ondrej Palat
Stats: 18 goals, 49 points in 77 games.
LW/RW David Perron
Stats: 27 goals, 57 points in 67 games.
LW/RW Evander Kane
Stats: 22 goals, 39 points in 43 games.
C/RW/LW Andrew Copp
Stats: 21 goals, 53 points in 72 games .
C/RW Claude Giroux
Stats: 21 goals, 65 points in 75 games.
C/RW Ryan Strome
Stats: 21 goals, 54 points in 74 games.
C Vincent Trocheck
Stats: 21 goals, 51 points in 81 games.
LW/RW Andre Burakovsky
Stats: 22 goals, 61 points in 81 games.
G Jack Campbell
Stats: 2.64 GAA, .914 SP in 49 games.
G Martin Jones
Stats: 3.43 GAA, .900 SP in 35 games.
RD Justin Schultz
Stats: 4 goals, 23 points, minus-15 in 74 games.
RD Justin Braun
Stats: 6 goals, 18 points, plus-2 in 69 games.
RD John Klingberg
Stats: 6 goals, 47 points, minus-28 in 74 games.
RD Colin Miller
2 goals, 14 points, minus-2 in 38 games.
Patrik Laine, Matthew Tkachuk, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kaapo Kaako, and Kasperi Kapanen are among the RFAs. … The Flyers’ development camp in Voorhees will have only off-ice sessions Wednesday; players will be back on the ice Thursday and Friday. The camp, which is free and open to the public, will conclude with a three-on-three tournament Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.