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02-27-2013, 05:28 PM
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This season's woes are not Bryz's fault and it's clearly more of a team thing, however Bryz hasn't lived up to his contract. We're not getting top-10 goaltending which is how Bryzgalov is payed.

Comparable players this season in terms of stats and play could be Cam Ward (who's payed as a top-5 goalie), Ondrej Pavelec, Evgeni Nabokov, Jimmy Howard, Sergei Bobrovsky (). Several goalies got off to rough starts but have turned it around as of late like Holtby and Quick. Bryz went the opposite way, sadly.

Other than Cam Ward - who has been called terrible by Hurricanes fans this season - and Pavelec all the goalies listed aren't signed long term, and their cap hits are barely in the top-30. If it comes down to it and Bryzgalov is amnestied, there could easily be a replacement found who will put out the same performance for less than half the cap-hit Bryzgalov has and probably less than 1/4 of the term. Unless Bryzgalov completely turns it around and ends up playing like a top-10 goaltender on the season and is actually our MVP and the team still can't turn it around, this seems like the best move in terms of cap-management.

I would try and trade for an upcoming RFA/UFA to be our back-up in the meantime. Ben Bishop, Jake Allen, Matt Hackett, or even spend more and go all the way after Jon Bernier when the time comes this offseason.

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