Will Bryzgalov ever be worth his contract?
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10-24-2011, 05:39 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South Jersey/Memphis
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9 years is too long and takes him well into his decline, at which point his cap hit will be too high for his production. He has a NMC, so we lack leverage to trade him without getting shafted harder than we got for Gagne; especially if we're trading him because he's not worth his hit for whatever reason. He makes plenty of money throughout so he has little incentive to go to Russia if his play drops off...as play tends to do as an athlete gets old. Overall, the Flyers overpaid far too much and signed him for far too long and have allowed themselves pretty much no way out if things don't go perfectly. By fixing their goaltending situation, the Flyers have perfectly set themselves up for their next goaltending disaster down the road. It's kinda zen.
I don't think it's as bad as some make it out to be. We have a goalie, that's the most important thing. We don't know when he'll decline. Assuming he does in his final 2-3 years, we could also assume just as easily that the cap ceiling will be around $70-75 million dollars if it continues to rise, making 5.6 million an uncomfortable cap hit for a backup goalie, but not a terrible one. The thing that DOES make this deal worse is the NMC, I will agree with that. Again, if we signed him to a 3,4, or 5 year contract for what he wanted to be paid, he'd have an abomination of a cap hit. So length of the cap doesn't bother me as much as it does others. And the goal of Holmgren (we hope) is to win those 4 cups before his play drops off.
And if you can only think negatively, just remember how much New York is paying DiPietro. Maybe that will put your mind at ease
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