According to CapGeek.com, the Flyers have 17 players signed for the 2014-15 season at a salary of just over $64 million. That leaves about $6.5 million to spend on at least four or five players, which could preclude any big-money free agents.
The Flyers could use help on the blue line, but their trade-deadline acquisition of Andrew MacDonald followed essentially the same structure as a free-agent signing; it just happened in March.
Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen is a young blueliner with plenty of upside. He'd be an appealing target, but the 27-year-old is in line for a fat contract and a big raise from his current $2.3 million cap hit. If the Flyers bring in a free-agent defenseman, it will likely have to be someone with a lower profile.
The list of free-agent goaltenders who could fill Emery's skates is long and budget-minded. They could bring back Cal Heeter, who helped out in a pinch at the end of the season, or look at San Jose's Alex Stalock, Boston's Chad Johnson and Carolina's Justin Peters—all capable young netminders who earned well under $1 million in 2013-14.