By Julie Glass

The Flyers are still licking their wounds from the pasting they took in the playoffs from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But, on the bright side, general manager Ron Hextall will finally be free of the salary cap stranglehold his predecessor Paul Holmgren left him.

With unrestricted free agents such as Matt Read, Valtteri Filppula and Brandon Manning coming off the books, Hextall has some options.

While he won’t break the bank because of contracts such as Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov expiring after next season, he will definitely be active this offseason. There are some interesting free agents on the market that could potentially be options.

They include James Neal, John Tavares, and John Carlson.

Look for Hextall to make a statement this offseason, whether that is with a big free agent signing or with smaller but effective signings.