Well, as we all know, despite the need for a quality Dman or two and goaltending Holmgren opted for Lecavalier and his 5 year $4.5 million per season (NMC) contract.
According to Capgeek, they are already over the cap now:
That said, once they put Pronger on LTIR and send down 2 forwards and 2 Dmen to the AHL they will actually have around $7 million in cap space still available and all they need is another goaltender to fill out their roster.
Good news? Hardly, and here is why:
This is a list of 2014 Flyer RFA's
Giroux, Couturier, B. Schenn, Tye McGinn, Matt Read (UFA), Bourdon (Dman), and Mason (goalie).
In short, their entire roster of up and coming forwards, a promising D man, and their alleged starting goaltender will likely all be getting raises (some hefty) next summer with no real money coming off the books except Timmonen (who Homer will probably sign again). Yet, what does Holmgren do after buying out some big contracts, using up his only two compliance buyouts in the process? Yep, goes for another large one to fill a position he doesn't need to.
Lesson? Perhaps PC standing pat this offseason is the smart thing?