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Report: Cleary signing will probably force Flyers trade

Sep 10, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

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Considering the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers were in a pretty tight salary cap situation even before you account for Dan Cleary’s $2.75 million cap hit, it’s not surprising that the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac reports that the team will need to make a trade so the pieces can fit.

Isaac is understandably vague about when that might happen because Cleary’s contract cannot really hit the books until the Flyers are cap compliant, anyway.

While the trade talk is more speculative, there are a few impacts Isaac points to that may be a bit more immediate.

For one thing, Isaac expects the 34-year-old forward to practice with the team by way of a professional tryout before the deal is official. (One would assume that insurance concerns would need to be cleared up before this could happen, but who knows.)

He also believes that Flyers prospects (such as Scott Laughton) will likely lose out on a third-line left wing spot that was believed to be in play in training camp. Perhaps Laughton & Co. might still have a chance to make the roster overall, though.

Finally, this signing “virtually guarantees” that Simon Gagne won’t make the team, according to Isaac.

Then again, if the Flyers have taught us anything, it’s that it’s dangerous to assume much of anything with the Broad Street Bullies.

Related: Flyers reportedly hand Cleary a three-year, $8.25 million deal

  1. jimw81 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    McGinn, Akeson,Laughton will have more time to develop in the Flyers farm system and that’s a good thing. i think they made this move is apart of Hextall’s job of valuing the flyers farm system. On the Gagne front, Cleary will bring a different element than Gagne doesn’t has, he Much tougher to play against. As for the trades i wouldnt be surprised if its talbot and gervais get traded. It’s going to be a interesting week for flyers

  2. jburrell4 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    What a terrible signing for the Flyers. As a Wings fan, I understand his time there was up, but Philly is gonna have a rough season with these questionable contracts and goalie situation.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Totally disagree. This team is deep. And ppl are totally underrating what the Emery-Mason combo can do. Yeah Emery doesn’t have the benefit of playing behind Chicago’s D but he’s been productive in the past here. And Mason showed no signs of the poor habits he displayed as he struggled with Columbus. His ability to handle the puck allows him to fit seamlessly into Laviolette’s system while simultaneously taking a ton of pressure off the defense. We’ve all seen the difference Brodeur has made in NJ by playing the puck. Bryz was HORRENDOUS when it came to that. And it seriously hindered our defense.

      The D is still questionable but it’s hard to keep the puck out when you’re playing 13 different guys. I believe they’ll bounce back to atleast the middle of the pack. And Streit brings the puck-carrying presence we missed sorely with Carle’s departure. And, as we all know, the offense is the strength. If this Cleary signing is accurate then few teams can match the skill and grit of our top-9. Ppl are underestimating this team purely off last years debacle which IMO is a mistake.

      • hockeydon10 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        As another Wings fan, I think you guys are getting a really gritty player in Cleary. His age (and knees) have slowed him down a bit, but not so much that he can’t contribute. On the plus side, he really does seem to step it up in the playoffs, which will help with reinforcing to the younger guys what it means to push it to the next level come spring-time.

  3. boardupthehouse - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    What about Pronger’s cap hit being placed on the IR? The guy who wrote the article before this one knew about that

  4. hockey412 - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    That NMC on Hartnell’s contract would bug the sh*t out of me if I was a Flyers fan.

    • mcphillthy - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      That’s how Homer does things. He overpays then gives them a NTC or NMC to go with it. It was going to come back and haunt them eventually. Cleary for 3 years is not what I was hoping to read about this morning.

      • sjsblitz - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Still got Score-a-chek, Giroux and Simmonds.

  5. twpguy1964 - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Would all you people whining about the Flyers cap situation, and having to trade someone to fit Cleary, SHUT THE HE11 UP! You have no clue what you’re talking about, RESEARCH a little more on the flyers workings before sounding like idiots! Pronger goes on LTIR and they can send down 2 players, Rosehill or other to the AHL and they’d be clearly under. People sound like a bunch of women

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