I’ve been reading up on the Weber situation quite obsessively the last few days in order to get the best possible understanding of where exactly the Philadelphia Flyers stand after making a $110 million offer to Shea Weber.
Right now, it appears as though Philly is in quite a good position to land the superstar defenseman, as it will be very difficult for Nashville to match such a high-dollar offer. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they WON’T match, it just means that the chances are good that the Flyers will end up landing him.
With all the talk surrounding Weber, many are left stumped at the idea of adding a player like Shane Doan to the mix as well. How could the Flyers possibly afford him after adding such a monstrous contract to their cap? To put it simply, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.
The Flyers currently have about $7.8 million left in cap space. That number includes Chris Pronger’s salary, which is likely to come off the cap once he’s placed on LTIR. When you take him off the cap, it brings the Flyers cap space to around $13 million. Bog difference.
The only problem the Flyers have is that Jake Voracek, Harry Z, and Marc-Andre Bourdon are all RFA’s and still without contracts.
Assuming the Flyers retain all three RFA’s, the Flyers would almost certainly have to move players to get cap compliant. All three RFA’s AND Weber is just too much on their cap.
Before the whole Weber fiasco, the Flyers were heavily involved in the Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan sweepstakes, whether you choose to believe it or not. Rick Nash may be considered a long shot for Philly right now because of his high cap hit ($7.8 million), while Bobby Ryan seems like a more reasonable choice given his lower ($5 million) cap hit.
Of course, if Shane Doan were to sign in Philadelphia, there would be no need for either player, but let’s assume Doan stays in Phoenix, which is my personal belief.
The truth of the matter is, the Flyers could still acquire one of these players. Yes, the cap makes it difficult, but it’s not out of the question. Bringing Weber on will almost certainly force the Flyers to make SOME kind of trade, even if it’s just a minor one. Moving some big salaries like Andrej Meszaros ($4 million) could give them more wiggle room.
If you ask me, I believe Bobby Ryan would be the more logical choice. His roots are in the Philadelphia area and he’s already expressed his interest in being traded to Philadelphia. His cap hit is lower than Nash’s which makes it easier for the Flyers to fit him in, and the price tag for him is almost certainly lower than that of Rick Nash.
Should the Flyers lose Jake Voracek somehow, or another one of their forwards, do not count them out to make another bold move and acquire one of these players. It’s still very possible and with the way Holmgren has been operating, you never know what’s next.
Who would you rather have? Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash?
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