O'Connor at least makes the case that the buyout ramifications are actually more useful to the Flyers than the retention ramifications. But that also depends what they were supposed to get from the Canes.
It's still kind of impossible to understand how Fletcher gave up what he gave up not just for the rights to that particular player, but when he was a restricted free agent.
I don't actually think Fletcher was anywhere near as terrible as those other guys, he was just executing the plan Comcast foolishly had for the franchise. The crime of that deal is that they were even building a team to win games last year to begin with. That they thought D'Angelo could help them do that is laughable but it would have been just as wrong to give up those assets for a better player