Philadelphia Flyers Buy Out Ilya Bryzgalov’s Contract

June 25th, 2013 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

The Philadelphia Flyers utilized their second of two compliance contract buyouts on Tuesday on veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Anthony SanFilippo reported the news on the Flyers' official website, and the 33-year-old goaltender is set to hit free agency this offseason. General manager Paul Holmgren elaborated on the decision to let Bryzgalov go:

I met with Ilya this morning and informed him that we are going to exercise a compliance buyout of his contract. This was a very difficult business decision to make for us and we want to thank Ilya for his time here and wish him all the best moving forward.

That sounds respectful enough toward Bryzgalov, but one media member in particular paints a behind-the-scenes picture that suggests this move was inevitable—even apart from Bryzgalov's on-ice performance.

Randy Miller of the Courier Post attempted to reach Bryzgalov by phone after this development of his impending departure, but was hung up on.

That led to a rather unfortunate indictment that may hurt Bryzgalov's reputation and market value as he seeks to find a new team—especially in light o ...

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