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Philadelphia Flyers retain half of Andrej Meszaros' $4 million cap hit

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Nearly 48 hours have passed since the NHL trade deadline and details of trades are still trickling down.

The Flyers traded defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Bruins in exchange for a conditional third round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. A new wrinkle has been thrown into the trade.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, via The Boston Globe, announced the Flyers are eating half of Meszaros’ $4 million cap hit for the rest of this season. The move was made so the Bruins could still have enough cap room to add defenseman Alex Edler from the Vancouver Canucks before the deadline but that trade fell through.

Now the Flyers, who were thought to have $6.4 million is cap space are relegated to just $4.4 million in cap space with Chris Pronger still on long-term injured reserve. Still, despite the new details of the Meszaros deal, the Flyers are in uncharted territory having cap room this late in the season.

The salary cap is expected to increase from $64.3 million this season to $71 million next year so the extra cap space is an added bonus for the Flyers who assume the new extensions for Claude Giroux, Steve Mason and Matt Read starting next year and that doesn’t count any new free agent deals or re-signing newly acquired Andrew MacDonald.

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