The Philadelphia Flyers have had an interesting, albeit quiet, offseason so far. Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle got signed away by other teams, and GM Paul Holmgren brought in defenseman Bruno Gervais and former Flyer Ruslan Fedotenko.
While the talent does not exactly match up there, the logic definitely favors Holmgren's decisions.
Jagr got a one-year, $4.5 million contract from Dallas, which is about $1 million more than he was paid this past season in Philadelphia. While Jagr is still extremely talented, there is no way he is worth anywhere near what he'll be paid next season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Carle to a six-year, $33 million deal, worth about an average of $5.5 million per year. Carle's contract with Philadelphia paid him an average $3.4 million a year. While Carle is a nice defenseman, he did not deserve such a high pay raise.
Gervais is a right-handed defenseman who played in 50 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He will most likely enter the preseason as the frontrunner for the sixth spot on the blue line. This will allow Erik Gustafsson and Marc-Andre Bourdon to spend some time in the AHL and continue to develop their game.
Gervais is also a good childhood friend of Max Talbot, which should help his adjustment to playing in Philadelphia.
Ruslan Fedotenko is a name most Flyers fans remember from his days in Philadelphia at the beginning of his career. Rusty is now 33, and will fit perfectly on the fourth line. He is a tough player, great leader and has won two Stanley Cups in his career.
The Flyers saved a lot of money by signing Gervais and Fedotenko, and still retain one of the most talented rosters in the NHL.
Trades for Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash look less likely every day that passes, which Flyers fans should be happy about. GM Paul Holmgren needs to hold on to all of the Flyers' pieces instead of trading them, because they have the potential to be a special team for a long time.
The last week may not of been overly exciting for Flyers fans, with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise choosing not to sign in Philadelphia and losing two recognizable names, the lack of action should be seen as a good thing. Plus, I agree with Sam Donnellon that the offers made for Suter and Parise were more gamesmanship than anything, and there was no real expectation for either star to sign.
Lastly, I want to put to rest any speculation about Shea Weber coming to Philadelphia. Offer sheets rarely happen, and for good reason. The Flyers will not give up all of their salary cap space, multiple first-round draft picks and a good relationship with Nashville.
Basically, I am on the complete opposite spectrum as Tim Panaccio, who has attributed these offseason moves to "miscalculations" by Holmgren. When you look at the roster and salary cap space the Flyers have going into this season, I see nothing but positives for Philadelphia.
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