It was supposed to be a jubilant day for Flyers fans. Philadelphia finally acquired (or at least acquired the rights to) a No. 1 goaltender. The funny thing is that most people did not even hear about it until today.
The big trade got put on the back burner of even local news stations because of the NBA and NHL Finals, and the Phillies and the Sixers' sale talks.
Ilya Bryzgalov was acquired last night for a third-round pick and a minor-league prospect Matt Clackson. If the Flyers sign him, they will have to give up another conditional pick as well.
The question is not when, but if. The Flyers are currently strangled by the salary cap and do not have the money to sign Bryzgalov today. Bryzgalov is expecting somewhere around $5 million per year.
If the Flyers want to appease him, some big names might have to go. Here are five players that may be on the way out in order for the Flyers to officially have a No. 1 netminder.
Jeff Carter is the guy most people are picking to be the Flyers' salary dump this summer.
Carter has a big contract, which he just recently signed, and will make a little over $5 million each year until 2022.
Carter has broke out into one of the best, if not the best, scorers on the Flyers.
No matter if it's to clear space for Bryzgalov or just to get rid of the guy, Kris Versteeg probably will not be back next season. He never quite fit into the system and looked flat-out terrible at times.
He will be making over $3 million next year.
Is Scott Hartnell a $4.2 million per year guy? I do not think so myself.
Hartnell, while he plays well and aggressively at times, makes too many dumb mistakes and penalties. Thing is: Will anyone take him for that much money?
Matt Carle had a terrible postseason, most likely due to the fact that Chris Pronger was not with him backing him up on every play.
For how much Carle is making, he should not be making so many defensive zone turnovers and mistakes. Unless Pronger is 100-percent healthy and ready to go next season, Carle will be a dud.
Well, according to Howard Eskin of 610 WIP, Mike Richards is the guy that the Flyers want to trade away, instead of Jeff Carter.
That makes you think: Is there really something going on in the locker room between him and Chris Pronger?
Why else would the Flyers sign Richards to a lifetime contract and then trade him three years later?