Some minor Flyers news has broken today as we wait to see how GM Paul Holmgren will address the hole left on defense in the wake of Andrej Meszaros’ torn Achilles tendon. First, the Flyers announced that they re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a “multiyear deal”. The 22 year old had 4 goals and 7 points for the Flyers in 45 games last season, but may have to take on a bigger role with Meszaros’ injury. Terms of the deal were not announced, but look for his cap hit to be somewhere around $1M per year. The Flyers also announced that they had inked 2012 1st round draft pick Scott Laughton to an entry-level contract. This means he’ll get an invite to training camp, where he’ll try to win the 4th-line center job like Sean Couturier did last year as a rookie. Both of these were necessary moves that were smart and inevitable. I’ll be interested to see what kind of money Bourdon got on his deal and for how long, though. For now, though, we’ll keep waiting for the big move for a defenseman, Bobby Ryan, Shane Doan, or some combination of the three that you know Homer is working on as I type this blog post. We’ll be back covering any news as it breaks.
UPDATE: according to CSN Insider Tim Panaccio, Bourdon’s deal is worth $1.225M over 2 years for an annual cap hit of $612,500 while Laughton’s deal is for $925,000 per year over the three years of an entry-level deal, with a “performance bonus” of $212,500. If that bonus is part of the $925k that Panaccio is reporting, Laughton’s cap hit will be $925k. If it isn’t and there isn’t a “bonus cushion” added to the new CBA, Laughton’s cap hit would be roughly $1.14M (assuming he makes the Flyers’ roster, which is a big “if”). Laughton’s deal is pretty typical of an entry-level contract for a first rounder (Sean Couturier’s cap hit is $1.38M), but Bourdon’s deal seems to be very team-friendly. His deal had a cap hit of $875,000 last year, and it’s taken a drop of over $250,000 this year. Maybe Bourdon took less money annually for a guaranteed second year? Either way, considering that I thought Bourdon would be getting a deal of $2M over 2 years, I’m very happy with the way things turned out. It gives them a tiny bit more cap room and flexibility over the next two years, and every dollar counts in the NHL’s salary-cap era.