Philadelphia Flyers Buy Out Ilya Bryzgalov, What to Do Now?

June 25th, 2013 by Jon Reid Leave a reply »
Just five days before the 2013 NHL draft, the Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they will use one of their compliance buyouts on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

In order to rid themselves of the Russian netminder's extensive contract, the Flyers will pay Bryzgalov $23 million over the next 14 years (though it will not count against their salary cap).

With Bryzgalov's hefty contract scheduled to be on the books for the foreseeable future, it was bound to happen.

Bryzgalov's numbers were trending down, and he just wasn't worth the money or the distraction he was becoming in the City of Brotherly Love.

The question is now: Where do the Flyers go from here?

As of right now, the only goalie under contract is Steve Mason, who's also seen his career take a wrong turn after having a tremendous rookie campaign for the Columbus Blue Jackets that included 10 shutouts.

Mason, who came to Philadelphia during the 2013 season, was very good for Philadelphia in seven appearances, registering a save percentage upwards of .940 and a GAA of 1.90.

The Flyers, however, will almost surely be looking for another goalie this off ...

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