The Flyers, and the league as a whole, received a pleasant surprise with the announcement that the salary cap has risen to $70.3 million for the upcoming season.
That number has the potential to change with the current CBA expiring in September. Until a new CBA is agreed upon, all teams will operate under the $70 million cap.
On to what the Flyers should do with their own restricted and unrestricted free agents:
This is a no-brainer as Voracek displayed a great all-around game, while still clearly possessing untapped potential. He should be the Flyers' first priority this off-season.
I would expect him to receive a contract of three or four years with a cap hit around $3.5 million.
Marc-Andre Bourdon and Harry Zolnierczyk
Both players established themselves as valuable pieces to the organization. They are also cheap, as they made $875,000 and $900,000, respectively.
Both should be resigned and receive small raises. I'd expect them to get deals of one to two years at or just below $1 million.
Ben Holmstrom and Tom Sestito
Both players are good pieces that will mostly play for the Phantoms, but will be serviceable injury call-ups.
Holmstrom made $750,000 while Sestito made $550,000 last year, so both would be cheap signings.
Mike Testwuide and Andrew Rowe
The last two RFA for the Flyers are the most expensive of the group—aside from Voracek—but they are also the least valuable.
They should be allowed to leave, as their production doesn't warrant taking up two of the team's 50 contracts.
The Unrestricted Free Agents
This list is comprised of Pavel Kubina, Matt Carle, Jaromir Jagr, Michael Leighton, Ian Laperriere, Johan Backlund, Blair Betts, Dan Jancevski, and Jason Bacashihua.
I'm listing them all together for the fact that none of them should be resigned, except maybe Jagr if he'd take a one-year contract at no more than $2 million.
But, that won't happen.