Draft Notes: Salary cap, tributes and more

Draft Notes: Salary cap, tributes and more
June 28, 2014, 6:00 am
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received loud boos from the Wells Fargo Center crowd during the first round of the NHL draft Friday night. (USA Today Images)

If the Flyers didn't already have enough problems with the salary cap with just $1.8 million Friday morning, things got even worse by the time Round 1 of the NHL draft began Friday night.

The NHL and NHLPA announced the new salary cap will be $69 million, a couple million less than the $71.1 million it was originally projected to hit.

What it means for the Flyers is they are now over the cap by about $236,429, according to Capgeek.com.

All the more reason why the Flyers have been looking for someone to take Vinny Lecavalier’s $4.5 million contact off their hands.  

The cap floor is $51 million and the midpoint is $60 million.

Classy tribute
Before the Flyers selected Travis Sanheim in the first round Friday (see story), team president Paul Holmgren lauded the late Keith Allen and dedicated the 2014 draft to his memory. A lot of applause from the fans ensued. 

Lavy update
Former Flyers coach Peter Laviollete -- now the head coach of the Predators -- came up to Philadelphia early for his daughter's graduation. Laviolette said him and his wife, Kristen, have purchased a house in Nashville and their daughter will relocated there as well.

Roll call
Flyers fans drowned out parts of the pre-draft, 30-team roll call with "Let's Go Flyers" chants and "sucks" after every other team was announced.

He’s a Penguin
Fans also booed Rick Tocchet on the roll call with Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. Obviously, Flyers fans feel jilted that Tock took a job with the No. 1 team they hate the most. Most seem to forget Tocchet won a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh after being traded from the Flyers. The booing was a truly priceless moment if you are from Pittsburgh.

How can you boo Tocchet?

Loose pucks
Comcast-Spectacor president Dave Scott congratulated Flyers West -- the L.A. Kings -- for their second Stanley Cup, which drew boos but then went to thank them for beating the Rangers, which drew cheers. … NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was nearly drowned out by the continuous stream of boos (see video). At one point, he shouted, "This is supposed to be the City of Brotherly Love? I love your passion." … Luca Sbisa was part of the Anaheim trade to Vancouver for Ryan Kesler (see story). Think about it: Sbisa has been traded twice now on draft day -- once by the Flyers and now in Philadelphia five years later. … Carolina assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour, the ex-Flyer, received loud cheers. Brind'Amour hailed the "enthusiastic and wonderful fans" of Philadelphia.

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