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July 14, 2005 - Flyers' Payroll Situation

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Flyers' Payroll Situation


   Here is how the Flyers' 2005-06 payroll stacks up.

   With 15 players under contract, the total is $33,558,000 and assumes the 24 percent rollback in salaries as reportedly required by the new collective-bargaining agreement.

   The total includes deferred money to Tony Amonte and expected buyouts of Amonte's $5 million salary and John LeClair's $9 million salary at two-thirds of their totals, as well as deferred payments of $500,000 to Keith Primeau and Mark Recchi.

   The Flyers have seven unsigned veterans and also need to sign rookies Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. The team also will likely pursue a free-agent defenseman, perhaps Scott Niedermayer of the Devils.

Players under contract

   Donald Brashear ($2.25 million before the new agreement; $1.61 million now); Eric Desjardins ($3.0 million; $2.28 million); Todd Fedoruk ($500,000; $380,000); Michal Handzus ($2.8 million; $2.13 million); Sami Kapanen ($2.0 million; $1.52 million); Mike Knuble ($2.0 million; $1.52 million); Danny Markov ($3.1 million; $2.36 million); Antero Niittymaki ($500,000; $380,000); Joni Pitkanen ( $1,185,000; $900,600); Keith Primeau ($4.5 million; $3.42 million); Jeremy Roenick ($6.5 million; $4.94 million); Turner Stevenson ( $1.65 million; $1.25 million); Mattias Timander ($800,000; $608,000). Buyouts are expected of the contracts of John LeClair ($9 million) and Tony Amonte ($5 million).

Restricted free agents

   Robert Esche (would have earned $775,000 last season); Simon Gagne ($2.6 million); Kim Johnsson ($2.8 million); Branko Radivojevic ($907,500); Dennis Seidenberg ($450,000); Radovan Somik ($675,000); and Patrick Sharp ($400,000).

Flyers payrolls since 1996

1996-97: $19.0 million

1997-98: $45.3 million

1998-99: $43.2 million

1999-00: $49.3 million

2000-01: $44.55 million

2001-02: $55.9 million

2002-03: $56.1 million

2003-04: $57.3 million

2004-05 (lost to the lockout): an estimated $57 million.

2005-06: $33.5 million is committed with players left to sign.