|Mike Knuble||Daniel Briere||Simon Gagne|
|Scott Hartnell||Jeff Carter||Mike Richards|
|Sami Kapanen||R.J. Umberger||Joffrey Lupul|
|Stefan Ruzicka||Scottie Upshall||Ben Eager|
|Kimmo Timonen||Randy Jones|
|Jason Smith||Lasse Kukkonen|
|Derian Hatcher||Denis Gauthier|
It doesn't take long to see where all the money went when you look at this roster. I mean, only Randy Jones and Lasse Kukkonen of the six defensemen are earning less than $2 million this season. Technically, Jason Smith is too... but it's $1.976 million... so forgive me if I round up.
The questions remain... who goes? I can only imagine how difficult it is going to be for a team to offload some of this salary, especially since Jason Smith and potentially Randy Jones are going to be the only two going to Unrestricted Free Agency next season. Derian Hatcher and Denis Gauthier still have 2 full seasons left on their contract and you would think that they would be great rental players... if their contract status was a little more flexible. There could be a few teams that could use some slower skating, hardly offensive defensemen. Take Columbus, for instance, they could compliment Adam Foote with Derian Hatcher. A team like the Coyotes might have to take them, just to get their salary past the basement level. Both of them. Washington could also do the same thing... they're struggling for salary.
It's hard to even gauge how well the team and/or individuals are going to do pool-wise on the Flyers, because you have no idea who's really staying or who's really going.
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