The New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers are set to make a major announcement Tuesday on their plans for the 2015-16 season.
The two sides will hold a meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
EST, with the news likely to be announced on NBC Sports Radio or MSG, the league confirmed to NHL.com.
The Rangers are scheduled to have the final say in all matters involving their players and coaching staff, which includes player salaries, trade negotiations, and future extensions.
As part of that announcement, the Rangers are expected to discuss their options for addressing the team’s goaltending situation.
According to sources, the goal is to re-sign the likes of Sergei Bobrovsky, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Miller, and Cam Talbot, among others, to long-term contracts.
The Flyers, meanwhile, are expected at least to retain forward Matt Read, a pending unrestricted free agent, as well as winger Scott Laughton and defenseman Travis Sanheim, who are also pending unrestricted.
With the league in the midst of a salary cap crunch, the Flyers will likely look to bring in an immediate, high-priced return for Read and other players, including defenseman Scott Laughston.
With the goal being to bring back the top-four forward and defenseman, the question will be how much more money will be available in terms of a potential deal, and what type of return that will produce.
Here are a few scenarios the Rangers could pursue:Laughton, the 2016-17 leading scorer for the Flyers, has been a solid possession player, scoring more than a goal per game with the Flyers this season.
He’s a restricted free agent this summer and could command a big payday.
The 25-year-old, however, is set to become an unrestricted free Agent this summer, and the Flyers are not interested in moving him.
A deal with the Rangers would allow the team to keep Laughton as long as he can be a top-six forward for the next four seasons.
The team could offer him a three-year deal in which the Rangers pay him $5.25 million annually.
If the Rangers and Flyers are unable to come to an agreement, a deal could be reached through the NHL Trade Deadline.
There’s no guarantee that a deal would come to fruition, however.
It’s unclear whether a deal involving the Flyers would be a trade, but there’s a chance a deal might involve a one-year contract extension for Laughton.
A team like the Rangers, which is in the final year of its contract and currently in the middle of the second half, could offer the Flyers an extra year of salary-cap relief with a big-money return.
It would be an intriguing deal for the Rangers if they did make a deal for Laughtons deal.
Laughtons current deal expires after this season, so there’s no way that a return would be coming, though.
The Flyers are still in the market for a top forward, and there’s an argument to be made that a player like Read could be a good fit in their lineup.
If a deal is not completed, the chances of a deal happening are slim.
Here’s a look at how the salary cap situation would change with a potential return to the Rangers:The Flyers will have a salary- cap of $59.5 million next season, with an additional $11 million going to players who are eligible for a salary increase.
However, a return to Philadelphia would make it $52 million under the cap.
The New Jersey Devils are projected to have an additional cap hit of $50 million.
The New York Islanders have an extra $5 million to add to their cap.
That cap hit is projected to be $19 million next year.
The Dallas Stars have $5,750,000 to add $3,700,000.
The Washington Capitals have $3.5.
The Edmonton Oilers have $2.3 million.
This leaves an additional overage of $1.4 million for players that are restricted free agents.
The Buffalo Sabres are projected at $2,000,000 in cap space, though it’s unclear if they would be willing to offer that.
The Boston Bruins have $1 million in cap room, but that is expected to be filled by future unrestricted free agents, including Alexei Emelin, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Tuukka Rask.
This would allow for a return for the Philadelphia defensemen, who would all have $10 million in salary-spending limits this year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets would have $9 million in restricted free agency and have $7.75 million in payroll space, with another $3 million available through trade.
The Pittsburgh Penguins would have an overage in cap for a $1,000-million player, but could still sign him to a contract.
There’s no need to rush the signing of a player in the