By Allan Muir
With less than two weeks until the start of training camp, it’s clear that this year’s $64 million salary cap won’t be the financial sharknado that many feared.
Despite the sharp reduction from last year’s prorated $70.2 million ceiling, most clubs appear to be in fair shape — if a bit shorter on breathing room than they’d like. There are some perfectly serviceable veterans who still find themselves on the outside looking in, of course, but that would have been the case no matter where the cap had been set.
Not every team is set to be in compliance, though. Six are believed to be over the $64 million limit. But even with some tough decisions looming, it seems that cap-space hell isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be.
Take the Flyers. According to capgeek, they’re about $2 million over the cap, but they are also two players over the 23-man roster limit. With 10 defenders on NHL deals, it’s a safe bet that Philadelphia will trade or waive two of them. Bruno Gervais ($825,000) and Marc-Andre Bourdon ($612,500) are likely targets. Waiving veteran forward Jay Rosehill ($675,000) would cover the difference, but if the Flyers don’t want to risk losing his intimidating presence, they could demote forward Brayden Schenn for a game and then call him back up for Game 2 after putting defenseman Chris Pronger and his $4,941,929 contract on long-term injured reserve.