The Flyers filled up their allotted number of contracts on Tuesday afternoon, having signed restricted free-agent Jon Kalinski to a one-year contract extension and inked goaltender Jason Bacashihua to a one-year deal.
In addition, the club locked up fourth-round draft pick Marcel Noebels to an entry-level contract.
Bacashihua has been a career minor-leaguer with 38 games of NHL experience and a 7-17-4 record with St. Louis from 2005-07. He has gone 58-51-9 in 102 games along with a 2.72 GAA and a .910 save percentage during the last four years in the AHL with Hershey and Lake Erie.
Kalinski, who was a restricted free agent, did not play in the NHL last season. He recorded a goal and five points in 22 appearances with Philly from 2008-10.
The 19-year-old Noebels posted 54 points (28G,26A) along with 23 penalty minutes in 66 games played for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.
According to Broad Street Hockey:
“Noebels’ contract was announced on Monday, and he qualifies for the Slide Rule exception because he’ll be 19 on December 31st and he won’t play in 11 NHL games this season. The Slide Rule means that his contract “slides” from this season to next season.
So by virtue of that, while they actually have 51 players under contract, the Flyers are right up at the limit now with these two signings of Kalinski and Bacashihua.”
Sooo…yeaahhh…it’s yet another salary cap peccadillo. If someone gets hurt, the Flyers can’t call someone up from the minors or exploit waivers without actually clearing a roster spot through a trade.
And what of Johan Backlund?
These questions and more will be answered on the next episode of SOAP.