While Paul Holmgren and his colleagues negotiate a move to send Simon Gagne packing from Philadelphia, the pieces are being moved in that will take the cap space left in Gagne’s wake. First it was Nikolai Zherdev, the Russian forward who signed for one year at $2 million. Next in line is Dan Carcillo, the Flyers energetic tough guy and fan favorite.
Still young at 25 years old, Carcillo may have some maturing to do. Hopefully thats the case, and he learns to reign in his often uncontrollable temper. In the few shining moments during which he was able to do this last season, he proved an effective piece in coach Peter Laviolette’s well-oiled machine. If he can cut down on the irresponsible minor penalties, then he may well find a way to soften the bad reputation he carries with him and spend more time on clean, aggressive play mixed in with the occasional well-timed scrap.
Carcillo’s new contract is for one year at the price of $1.075 million. This most recent signing leaves the Flyers almost $2.5 million over the salary cap, an excusable offense during the offseason, when teams are afforded an extra 10% (or $5.9 mill) over the limit.
In the likely event that Simon Gagne leaves this team at some point during the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see who or what they put the extra money towards, as the Flyers would then land about $3 million underneath the cap. Maybe they look to find another free agent winger, or perhaps they’ll make a stab at signing Marty Turco, who still sits waiting for an offer.