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Blair Betts’ return to Philly affects more than their salary cap situation

Oct 9, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

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Blair Betts being returned to the Philadelphia Flyers is causing GM Paul Holmgren some headaches to deal with that he was hoping to get rid of by waiving him in the first place. With the Flyers being so close to the salary cap, the first thing Betts’ return does is put the Flyers over the cap.

The Flyers can solve that problem quickly by putting Ian Laperriere on long term injured reserve and getting his $1.167 million contract off the books. That much salary would be enough to get the Flyers back under the cap and it’s expected to be the move to come.

Of course, things aren’t quite that easy for Philly. Rookie Sean Couturier has started off his season looking like he fits right into the mix. His entry-level salary cap hit of $1.375 million only counts against the Flyers’ payroll if he stays in Philly for the season. The Flyers will have until after their ninth game of the season on October 26 against Montreal to figure that out.

If Couturier stays, the Flyers will have to make a move or two to get under the cap. Making things more awkward is that Betts’ contract is the 50th deal for the organization. NHL teams are limited to having just 50 contracts and staying at that 50 contract limit obviously makes things uncomfortable for GMs. Getting that flexibility to add a player is one most GMs prefer to have.

Paul Holmgren’s work to fix up the Flyers this offseason has been more than worthy of attention, but he’s got more work to do now.

  1. jsaq - Oct 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Asst GM Barry Hanrahan confirmed to the Phialdelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli that Laperriere was placed on the LTIR list, so the cap situation is fixed. As for the contract slot to keep Couturier past game 10….worst comes to worst they could deal a guy on a AHL/NHL deal for futures or a late pick.

  2. smokehouse56 - Oct 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Treating players like cattle is terrible. But I guess that goes with the turf. I still don’t like musical chairs.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:36 AM

      I don’t think cattle get paid a minimum of 6 figures.

  3. willspen1966 - Oct 10, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    So early in the season to be in cap trouble. Blackhawks had same problem the year they won the Cup. They would send a players down to minors every week to keep under the cap.

  4. mojosmagic - Oct 10, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Can Betts be put on waivers again? He could pass another teams physical.

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