Are the Flyers looking to make a deal?
For the long term, Holmgren likely needs to make a trade to bring in depth replacements. It’s tough to be successful on a nightly basis while asking two rookies to play nearly 30 minutes per game.
Other defensemen with experience in the system – such as Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis – would first need to clear re-entry waivers, where they would be subject to a claim at half their salary-cap price. Bartulis, 24, almost surely would be claimed for $300,000 and the Flyers would be stuck with the other $300,000 as a salary-cap penalty without anything to show for it.
With Pronger and Lilja on the long-term injured reserve – where they will need to remain parked for the next 10 games or 25 days – Holmgren will have about $4.28 million in cap space to acquire a player or two. That number could grow to more than $5 million if Andreas Nodl, who also was waived yesterday, is claimed on waivers or sent back to Adirondack.
“We’re talking about a lot of things in here,” Holmgren said when asked about a trade possibility. “I think initially we’ll just recall Kevin and try to figure out where we’re at at that point.”