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02-26-2013, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers View Post
He absolutely does not HAVE to be bought out. His contract is bad. Too long and too much money. But that alone is not reason to buy someone out. That could put you in a similar situation for the same amount of time. You buy him out, then you have a bunch of stopgaps for the next seven years, none of which are very good, but have better contracts. Great. That fixes nothing. You have a chance to get a franchise goalie somehwere in there, but there is also a chance that Bryz gets hot and stays hot.



Not really. (see below)



Thomas is not legitimate at this point. He will be 39 going on 40 and out of hockey for a year. He may be worth a risk if Bryz is bought out, but he 100% is not a legitimate option. Stopgap at best.



This is probably true, but his injury history is concerning and he will probably be a high cap hit.



This also may be true, and I would be interested in Nabby a lot more than Khabiblin.



No worries that he is suffering from the same inflated numbers that everyone says Bryz had in Phoenix?



Been there, done that. He is one injury away from being out of hockey.

Looking at that list I see Backstrom, Nabby, and to a lesser extent Mike Smith as possibilities.

Nabby is 100% a stopgap. He may suffice for a year, but he is another one who will be 38. So at best you are looking at two years of an aging goalie, at which point we will be looking for another replacement.

Backstrom will likely be looking for a good chunk of change and his injuries scare me. If he would sign here I think I would be ok buying out Bryz, but again you are taking a risk by buying out Bryz then missing out on Backstrom. As we saw last offseason, the real world is different than NHL13...not everyone will sign with you because you make them an offer.

Mike Smith's NHL numbers are not all that staggering. He's putting up good numbers in Phoenix, but so did Bryz. I am not entirely convinced that he is the goalie we are looking for either.

Emery is playing well, but again he is one misstep away from being out of the game all together, which is why he wasn't re-signed in the first place. I'm not so sure the Flyers would consider him after they already let him walk.

Essentially what we have is a number of goalies who would leave us looking for another goalie in a couple years, or signing a new guy to a potentially high cap hit contract. Six of one, half dozen of the other: Keep Bryz and you have an up and down goalie for the next 7 years or so who may or may not play well enough to get us a Cup or sign a bunch of up and down stopgap goalies and hope one turns into a guy that can play well enough to get us a Cup.
If my two choices are a cheaper stopgap for 1-2 years or Bryzgalov for 7 years w/ that horrible contract, I take the stop-gap without even thinking twice about it. It's a no brainer decision. You cannot lock yourself into 7 year contracts unless a guy is elite to begin with, because his play is going to slip @ some point due to age.

Bryzgalov is not elite. He's far from it and that contract is terrible.

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