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Bill Meltzer: Tortorella, 2022-23 Salary Cap, Jay Greenberg, TIFH

June 17, 2022, 12:09 AM ET [164 Comments]
Quick Hits: June 16, 2022

1) According to multiple sources and broken first by Kevin Weekes, the Flyers and John Tortorella have agreed to a four-year contract that will pay the veteran head coach about $4 million per season. The deal could be officially announced by the Flyers as soon as tomorrow or whenever all the all the details of the contract have been finalized and signed.

2) On Thursday, the NHL announced that the salary cap ceiling would rise by only $1 million --from $81.5 million to $82.5 million. The cap floor will rise to $61 million from $60.2 million. This announcement was not unexpected, and is likely to prompt further reliance by high-spending teams on acquired LTIR-bound players in order to gain an allowance to exceed the cap ceiling.

Several hours later, the Vegas Golden Knights acquired Shea Weber's $7.86 million cap hit from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Evgenii Dadonov. Weber, who is unlikely to play again due to injury, has four seasons remaining ($3 million real-dollar salary in 2022-23, $1 million in 2023-24 through 2025-26) on the deal he originally signed via restricted free agent offer sheet with the Flyers in the summer of 2012 but which was matched by the Nashville Predators.

Dadonov, whose contract has only one season to run, will receive a $6.5 million real-dollar salary in 2022-23 but carries a $5 million cap hit. Thus, Vegas netted roughly $2.86 million of additional LTIR allowance for next season and $7.86 million for the three seasons thereafter. Montreal will get a player who can actually play on the active roster and presumably could be traded for an asset at some point. He posted 20 goals and 43 points in 78 games for the Golden Knights in 2021-22. A would-be trade to Anaheim at the 2022 trade deadline was nullified by the NHL because it violated Dadonov's partial no-trade clause.

3) Today would have been Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jay Greenberg's 72nd birthday. He is greatly missed by all who knew him, and it is both poignant and sad that Jay passed away before he became a grandfather. Jay passed away on Aug. 12, 2021 from complications of West Nile Virus. I thought about Jay a lot today; not just because it was his birthday but because I'd have loved to talk to him about the John Tortorella hiring -- and then read what he'd write about it -- as well as the Hockey Hall of Fame selections of fellow former Flyers beat writer Al Morganti and longtime broadcaster Bill Clement.

4) Today in Flyers History: June 17

* 1977: The Flyers sent rugged minor leaguer Steve Short to the LA Kings in exchange for a player to be named later. The deal was completed on Nov. 3, 1977, when LA sent center Paul Evans to the Flyers. A fan favorite during his time with the AHL's Maine Mariners, Evans would also dress in 103 regular season games (14 goals, 29 points) and one Stanley Cup playoff game (1983) over parts of three seasons.

* 1985: The Flyers brought prospect Per-Erik (Pelle) Eklund over from Sweden as they signed him to a two-year contract worth $125,000 per season.

* 1989: The Flyers signed Eklund to a three-year contract extension for $515,000 per season.

5) June 17 Flyers Alumni birthdays: Brent Hughes (1943), Maxime Ouellet (1981).
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