Hextall takes over for Holmgren in May of 2014. Shortly after he identifies the cap as a big problem and this is where he starts:
Hartnell (4.75 for 5) for Umberger (4.6 for 3) and a 4th round pick
Which evolves into.....
Buyout RJ Umberger (Hartnell 143pts in 221 games vs Umberger 26 in 106), which costs Philly 1.6 this year and 1.5 next.
Because we have a lack of scoring, created by dealing Hartnell to save cap space, Hextall uses that savings in cap to sign a UFA....
Flyers sign Dale Weise to be the grinding scorer to replace Hartnell/Umberger's prodcution. He's signed at 2.35 for 4 years.
So now the actual breakdown of Hartnell, to Umberger, to Umberger buyout and re-invested Umberger money into Weise is.....
14-15 - .15 saved (19G and 26A LOST)
15-16 - .25 saved (21 G and 20A LOST)
16-17 - .8 saved (11G and 18A LOST so far)
17-18 - .9 saved (TBD)
18-19 - 2.35 LOST (TBD)
19-20 - 2.35 LOST (TBD)
This move encapsulates everything that pisses me off about the way Hextall has handled the ON ICE product. We gave away a superior player, to get a middle of the road draft pick and "save cap", but we haven't saved hardly anything and what was saved, has been re-invested in a terrible player, who we now hope we can clear off the books. In the meantime, we've pissed away 3 years of Giroux's prime.
I will give him all the credit in the world for doing a solid job drafting and re-stocking the cupboard, but when I look at the math above and I look at how this team has gone from Lavy, to Berube to Hakstol or how it CONTINUALLY re-invests money saved into Dale Weise, Michael Raffl, PEB, Neuvirth, Gudas, Gordon, Medvedev, etc, I don't get it.
Has he made some good moves, sure. What has he done with the cap savings however?
8.25+ to Voracek (a year early, which resulted in an overpayment)
4.33 to Couturier (who doesn't bring as much value as Hartnell did...who he couldn't wait to dump)
2.25 to Schultz (cause he was our best defenseman in a year where we had NO good defenseman)
3.00 to Medvedev (We needed scoring, so naturally sign an unproven KHL defenseman for 3 million and scratch him till he gets a DUI or two)
3.35 to Gudas (who I do like, but who should be replaced by Morin before his current contract is up)
3.875 for MDZ (Because he couldn't let his reclamation project go via trade. As an RFA, MDZ for sure had value if we wanted to deal him)
2.35 to Raffl (You paid a guy we KNEW couldn't score with anyone, but Giroux and Voracek and expected him to consistently score 20+)
2.35 to Weise (who doesn't score and doesn't bring anything else to the table)
2.5 to Neuvirth (who can't be our starter...and oh, btw in case you forgot, we don't actually HAVE a starter)
1.4 to PEB (who is a good soldier, but can be replaced at a much cheaper cost)
Then we finally have cap space coming open (which seems to be his only focus outside of drafting) and he acquires Filppula, who carries with him a 5 million dollar price tag next year. I like Filppula and I think he's very clearly the 2nd best C on this team, but if you goal was to cut cap and make changes it makes no sense. If you're not looking to cut cap and you want to be a playoff team, why do you keep signing redundant, unimpressive, ineffective players, instead of signing better players, making moves via trade or saving up cap space until you CAN get what you actually need? If you can't do ANY of those things, why in god's name are you not burning it to the ground, relying on your strength in drafting, getting the young guys in the lineup and maxing out value for the aging stars?
This is why I don't understand the "patience" fan group. Patience for what, because I'm not sure what we're actually waiting for?