So here's the deal.....We've got cap, probably more than you think, thanks to a series of trades made to reduce some cap after a few deals pushed it a little too close to the limit. As of today, with our opening night roster, we've got about 6.05 MILLION dollars. Philly is looking for either a good forward or defenseman and we're willing to take on cap. If that's not available, we're willing to take on cap in return for some sort of deal that gives us a close to NHL ready prospect, with upside. What we ARE NOT looking to do is take on a total dead weight contract that probably should have been bought out, in return for a 5th round pick. Frankly, it's just not the type of deal we need, given the depth of our system. That said, we're willing to PAY to get a really good F or D and we're willing to PAY and take cap space for that young, closer to NHL ready prospect, so long as he's got upside. Names/Items that can be discussed in Philly: Igor Shesterkin - G: (21yrs old) Already a KHL stud, he is, by far, the best goaltending prospect in the Rangers system, who flaunts numbers that would make a lesser goalie blush. In his first FULL KHL season last year he played 39 games with 1.64GAA and .937SV%. Started off this year just as strong, having played 5 games with a 1.48GAA and .940SV%. I would imagine he's the front runner to either start or backup for Russia in the Olympics. This is the last year of his KHL deal, which means he's likely on his way over the second it ends, especially with King Henrik getting close to the end of the line Link: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=195577 Cale Makar - D: (18yrs old) Makar went 4th overall, but rumor had it, for NJ the decision at 1 came down to Hischier or Makar. His upside is that of a stud number 1 defenseman, having scored 24g and 51A in 54 games and will spend a year at UMass, likely representing Canada at the WJC. He's already a pro level skater, so it's a matter of time before he makes his way Link: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=199655 Christian Djoos - D: (23yrs old) Djoos is an interesting name who, after years of showing flashes, took the next step in the AHL, putting up 13G and 45A for 58PTS in 66 games for Hershey in the AHL. It would appear his offensive game is blossoming and has develped ever year since 2015. Washington has signed him to a deal that makes him a full time NHLer next year, if not before. Link: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=33201 Adam Gaudette - C: (20yrs old) Gaudette put up 26G and 26A for 52pts in 37 games in the NCAA last year. He also attended Vancouver's rookie camp impressed, outshining other prized prospects and nearly forcing the Canucks brass to sign him. In the end, they decided 1 more year of NCAA hockey was a good thing for him, but he's been compared to former Canuck Ryan Kesler, because he can not only play the offensive game, but he also has a knack for getting physical when it's needed. Link: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=203361 Nikita Gusev: - LW: (25yrs old) This kid is a freak, who could come to the NHL today and be among the more creative, explosive players, however, he's elected to stay in the KHL for the time being (some suspect to avoid Vegas). He had 71pts in the KHL last year, as well as 14pts in 10 games in the World Championship, when competing against the NHL's finest. This is a bit of a wild card, admittedly, because, there's a good chance he won't come over until he's good and ready. Much like Vadim Shipachyov, who only came over last year, Gusev appears to want to wait till the time is right for him to earn a real contract in the NHL. Link: http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=199&year0=2017&status=stats Riley Sheahan: The young center is signed at around 2 million dollars and although he had a terrible year in terms of scoring last year, he's consistently been a good 2 way, 3rd line, center. He's a young guy I can add to balance cap in a deal, but I do have him having a little value. Not someone I'm looking to sell off for picks, more someone I'd include if I was taking a higher end salary, if need be. Colin Miller: Now with Vegas, Miller will be used on the powerplay (provided he's not traded to Toronto, as has been rumored multiple times). Won the AHL fastest skater and hardest shot awards before becoming a regular NHL D for Boston. Lance Bouma: Again, this is a guy I'm willing to include in a deal to balance salaries, but in this case, I am also willing to let him go for next to nothing in terms of picks.