The choice between two slightly nuanced alternatives could have significant effects on how much the Flyers can utilize Chris Pronger’s LTIR exemption to the salary cap. (Photo by Travis Golby/NHLI via Getty Images)
By Tyler J. Altemose (@TJamesAltemose)
The Philadelphia Flyers have undergone more than a few changes in philosophy and direction throughout the past several seasons. There has, however, been one common denominator underlying those changes. Despite their metamorphoses, the Flyers have, on a perennial basis, operated up to or very close to the upper limit of the salary cap.
The Flyers operate so close to the salary cap, in fact, that they finished both the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons with bonus overages. This means that—after accounting for performance bonuses achieved by various players—the Flyers exceeded the upper limit of the salary cap in both of those seasons. The amount by which a team exceeds the salary cap in a given season—$1,402,500 in 2010-11 and $182,927 in 20...