Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Philly Meet Your Team
* Indicates that player does not count as an International
With the ten players selected, the Union has a Team Salary of $646,700 (the Union has the right to renegotiate contracts) and only 3 players that will count as Internationals. The method Nowak used in the expansion draft is to select players to build for the future, an average age of 25.4 years, and to leave some money around to sign maybe a DP (possibly free agent Ebi Smoilarek) and/or other marquee players.
If Nowak wanted instant success he could have signed more established veterans like Frankie Hedjuk, Amado Guevara, and Pat Onstad, but he would have risked using those picks on players that are only going to be playing in the league for a couple more years at best and also spending more money on them. This group Coach Nowak has a good group of young talent with a couple of veterans they can learn from. The low salaries of most of these players will also give Philly more cap room to sign other players as the 2010 season nears.