Philadelphia Flyers: Thoughts & Questions About The Kris Versteeg Trade

RonnybrookCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09: Kris Versteeg #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime to win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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What's that noise? Oops. My apologies, Bleacher Report. I had not realized the sound of my head repeatedly slamming into my computer monitor would carry through to all of you on the other end.

Have I ever told you I hate (hatehateHATE) the NHL Salary Cap?

Why you ask?

Well, for starters, there are days like yesterday, where Paul Holmgren made a splash in the NHL trade market by acquiring Kris Versteeg for what will certainly amount to late first and third round 2011 draft choices, in what is thought to be a poor 2011 draft class.

And what was the first thing many Flyers fans did with news of the deal?


I hate math.

Especially NHL Salary Cap math.

It is the worst type of math. Ever.

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The worst type of math EVER, because to determine whether a team is in compliance with the NHL's mandated salary cap limitations, one does not merely add the paychecks of millionaires together to determine whether their collective pile of loot fits into the confines of a team's salary structure.

No, there are other factors at play such as injury designations, players' bonuses, buy-out implications and more, in a formula so complicated that not only does one need math skills to pull the numbers apart, one needs access to a lawyer familiar with collective bargaining agreements to figure out where a team stands with its incoming and outgoing players in free agency.

In Kris Versteeg, the Flyers finally found a playmate for Mike Richards.

And rather than bask in the glory of the moment where our team adds yet another offensive weapon to an already intimidating, borderline-silly display of NHL firepower, the overwhelming reaction by fans is to grind their molars over the salary implications of what may or may not affect re-signing Ville Leino in 2011-12. And do...math.

Thank you NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Thank you for ruining this moment for Flyers fans.

Please note: I was forced to settle for sarcastic use of the word "thank" as my second choice of words in the previous paragraph.

My first choice of words was not permissible according to Bleacher Report Editorial Guidelines.

Three Questions For The Bleachers:

- Does the acquisition of Versteeg force other Eastern Conference contenders to overspend as they prepare for a Flyers team that is loaded on both the forward lines and defensive corps?

- With the addition of Versteeg to the Flyers roster, the immediate assumption is players such as Jody Shelley, Dan Carcillo, and Nikolai Zherdev will be the odd men out. What about Andreas Nodl? Does the emergence of Nodl's two-way game (on pace for 16 goals and 16 assists) make him an intriguing trade piece for other teams to contemplate? Nodl is an impending restricted free agent.

- Let's say Ville Leino does become a unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011. Imagine if Leino became Crosby's wingman in Pittsburgh, or was inserted onto the first line with Ovechkin and Backstrom in Washington. Did I just ruin your day?

I welcome your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!


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