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Flyers Have Work To Do

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

The Flyers have some obvious needs in free agency and some unexpected trouble, as well. They head into the weekend with $56.2 million in commitments next season that might be closer to $58 million when you tack on expected performances bonuses.

General manager Paul Holmgren must sign a veteran, backup goaltender. Sources said Rangers’ backup Marty Biron would have loved to return to the Flyers if things don’t work out in New York. That was before Biron agreed to a deal to return to the Big Apple on Friday….

The real hole for the Flyers is on defense. Worse, their blue line could take a major hit as Matt Carle, who the Flyers thought would agree to a new deal by this weekend, appears headed for free agency.

His agent, Kurt Overhardt, said he expects Carle to shop around but hasn’t ruled out re-signing with the Flyers. Dennis Wideman’s trade and re-signing in Calgary assured him of a $5.25 million average annual value on his contract, escalating what Carle could expect as a free agent….

Understand also that the Flyers have to re-sign Jakub Voracek, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Tommy Sestito.

If you really believe $70.2 million will be the final cap number next year, the Flyers would go into the weekend with less than $12 million to play with and still have to handle all of the above.


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