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CBA 101: Offseason Salary Cap

During the offseason, the upper limit of the salary is temporarily raised by 10 percent so that teams have the ability to manage their rosters with a little more freedom. Many people turn a blind eye to this fact and solely look at the real upper limit of $70.2 million; often times already putting players out of their minds that are unlikely to play with the team that season. However, in the case of a team like the Flyers, this temporary upper limit can sometimes be a concern. From the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Section 50.5 (c)(ii)(B): Nevertheless, in order to …

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My Flyers wish list

It was a sad day in the Greenblatt household when the Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk. For one, JvR was my guy. Also, my brother had just purchased a JvR Winter Classic jersey (for the record, he has a penchant of purchasing jerseys and finding said player traded or released within two years of the purchase). But it was more than just the loss of that once-promising Jersey native that made my household sad; it was knowing the uber-talented van Riemsdyk will become a top-six forward for another team. It was knowing that another young player signed to a long-term …

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Will the rockets’ orange glare appear at the draft?

With the draft quickly approaching many Flyers fans are wondering when the first domino will fall; and what exactly will start the chain reaction. The draft is often considered either the last official act of the previous season or the first one of the new year, and the Flyers are no exception to treating it as an important time-frame. Since Paul Holmgren took over as general manager, the Flyers have made at least two moves each year at the draft, or during the week leading up to it. Date Sent Team Received 6/23/2011 Jeff Carter Columbus Blue Jackets Jakub Voracek, …

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CBA 101 Part 5: Long Term Injured Reserve

Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) is a designation within the Collective Barganing Agreement that teams can utilize in order to see some cap relief for an injured player. However, placing someone on LTIR is not the same as cap space, and many incorrectly treat it as such. CBA Section 50.10(d) In the event that a Player on a Club becomes unfit to play (i.e., is injured, ill or disabled and unable to perform his duties as a hockey Player) such that the Club’s physician believes, in his or her opinion, that the Player, owing to either an injury or an …

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The JVR Conundrum

I don’t want Rick Nash. I don’t want his $7.8 million cap hit. I don’t want his $7.6 million dollar salary. I don’t want Rick Nash. I’m not sure I want James van Riemsdyk anymore, either. Whether Howard Eskin’s report of JVR delaying his torn hip labrum surgery in an effort to not get traded is true or not, JVR needs to speak up. If Eskin’s report is true, I am not upset with JVR. In all honesty, I actually like him a little bit better. The fact that he would delay surgery because he loves Philadelphia so much is …