So how did the Flyers afford Simon Gagne’s $3.5 million cap hit?

Last week, Scott Hartnell went on long-term injury. When Hartnell returned on Saturday, the club placed Andrej Meszaros ($4.0 million) on LTIR.

Right now, the Flyers have 30 players on their cap. They had $3.2 million cap space and needed more for Gagne, not to mention a roster spot (23 maximum).

Jody Shelley undergoes hip surgery on Wednesday. This afternoon, the club put Shelley ($1.10 million) on LTIR and moved Tye McGinn to injured reserve.

Those moves freed up cap space and opened a roster spot for Gagne.

Currently, the Flyers have roughly $800,000 in cap space.

Keep in mind the Flyers still have not placed either Chris Pronger or Matt Walker on LTIR. If they do that, they pick up another $6.6 million in cap relief.

One more thing: Gagne will wear No. 12, courtesy of Harry Zolnierczyk, who will pick up jersey No. 37.