Is another offer sheet an option for Flyers, Holmgren?

Is another offer sheet an option for Flyers, Holmgren?

April 29, 2013, 9:00 am
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There were no real shocking statements from general manager Paul Holmgren on Sunday afternoon about the state of the Flyers.
 
Other than glossing over the club’s critical needs and “liking” the team as it is, he said he expects more from his players next year.
 
Which is a smoke screen.
 
Holmgren knows the Flyers need a major makeover on the defense, more size up front, and more speed in general.
 
Which brings us to this...
 
Three times in their history, the Flyers have pulled a card from the bottom of the restricted-free-agent deck and played an offer sheet:
 
Chris Gratton (five years, $16.5 million in 1997), Ryan Kesler (one year, $1.9 million in 2006) and Shea Weber (14 years, $110 million last summer).
 
The Gratton RFA sheet turned into a disastrous trade the Flyers would like to forget ever happened.
 
Vancouver didn’t think twice about matching Kesler.
 
And after failing last summer to get Weber from Nashville – the Predators matched the Flyers' offer sheet – you have to wonder if Holmgren has the guts to try it again.
 
The St. Louis Blues have four restricted-free-agent defenseman and have they have a locked-in cap hit of nearly $7 million for Jay Bouwmeester in 2013-14.
 
Right now, it’s going to be tough for the Blues to afford re-signing both Alex Pietrangleo and Kevin Shattenkirk with JayBo around.
 
Which makes you wonder whether Holmgren would try another RFA offer sheet -- this time targeting Pietrangelo.
 
“My job is to make this team the best it can be,” Holmgren said of offering an RFA sheet or any other move. “So I will look at any and every way to do that.”
 
It’s definitely something the Blues should worry about.

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