A GUESS AT THE FLYERS OPENING ROSTER
Just to clarify, I'll have a more detailed explanation on the reasons behind these guesses online later tomorrow, but I wanted to get them out there now for you all to discuss.
So, without further ado... the 2011-12 Flyers - as I think it'll turn out:
James Van Riemsdyk
-Couturier beats out Brayden Schenn, who was limited in camp by a shoulder injury. Schenn can be sent to the AHL for what would be an extended camp of sorts while Couturier either has to stick or go back to Drummondville of the QMJHL. The Flyers will at least give him nine games, but I'm betting he sticks. The coaches love his maturity.
-Read makes the roster, but could be sent down for one day as the Flyers have to technically carry Ian Laperriere's salary on the roster for the first day before placing him on injured reserve.
- Shelley's salary counts against the cap while he serves a five-game suspension. The Flyers could keep another player in that spot in his place, but the player would have to be inexpensive as they are tight to the salary cap.
-What becomes of Andreas Nodl? Good question. Maybe he's the guy that they were talking with Nashville about.
-Erik Gustafsson can be sent back to the Phantoms with no problem. Oskars Bartulis is a different animal. He has to go through waivers. I'm not sure he makes it. That means the Flyers could try and trade him too. He has value at such a cap-friendly salary ($600,000 for each of the next two seasons).
This roster would leave the Flyers with roughly $755,000 in salary cap space. Not ideal, but manageable.
So... what do you think?