What Can the Flyers Spend in Free Agency?
BUFFALO — For the past couple of seasons, the Flyers have had to treat the offseason like a small-market team out of necessity.
They were already in a precarious situation against the NHL's salary cap.
Even though that situation is a little bit better — the Flyers have approximately $11 million before re-signing Brayden Schenn — general manager Ron Hextall doesn't see himself having a ton of money for a spending spree.
"You look at it, you’ve got to put your own guys in there first," Hextall explained. "Brayden’s not in there. You’ve got to box money out for Brayden so (Ryan White) or whoever that is, we’ll get it figured out. If we can add somebody at the right term and right price, we’ll do it."
Hextall had closer to $14 million before re-signing defenseman Radko Gudas to a four-year deal with a reported $3.35 million cap hit Thursday night. The two sides weren't close last week (money was the issue, not term) and now Hextall has a little less to spend. He'd also like to bring Ryan White back but, "the ball is in their court now."
As for players that aren't under contract from the Flyers, Hextall was more concerned this weekend with using 10 draft picks to re-stock his system with forwards. Saturday was the first day teams could talk with pending unrestricted free agents, but Hextall hadn't gotten there yet.