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Bryzgalov: To Buy Out or Not To Buy Out...That is the Question (Updates in post #1)

According to The Fourth Period, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren plans on buying out goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. TFP reported in late May that the Flyers will buyout forward Danny Briere.

TFP reported a source close to the situation said the decision to buyout both players was made once the Flyers' season ended. There has been internal debate about buying out Bryzgalov, but the move will be made shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The buyouts will help fit defenseman Mark Streit's new contract under the cap and make additional roster moves

CSN Philadelphia, June 13

The ice on which Ilya Bryzgalov has been standing in goal for the Flyers has developed some cracks.

Despite a solid endorsement from club chairman Ed Snider in late March, followed by a more tepid one in May, the Flyers have begun an internal discussion on whether to add Bryzgalov to the two compliance buyouts this summer, according to sources within the team.

It’s been a fait accompli that Danny Briere, because of his $6.5 million cap hit, would be an automatic buyout because the cap is nose-diving for 2013-14.

Going into the offseason the Flyers seemed opposed to using a buyout on Bryzgalov. Since then, the discussions on him indicate a climate change, though no final decision has been made.

Snider was among Bryzgalov’s biggest fans -- even before he signed -- and has been in his corner since.

“I don't think Bryzgalov has been the problem,” Snider said on March 30. “I mean, he's had to face so many breakaways and 2-on-1s where we turn over the puck suddenly. I think it's the team. I think we're fine in goal.”

Multiple Reports, June 18

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has informed Ilya Bryzgalov's agent the goaltender will not be bought out after the Stanley Cup Final is concluded, according to multiple reports.

Spoke to Winter. He checked with Holmgren yesterday after reports, who reassured him Bryzgalov will not be bought out after SCF.

Paul Holmgren to CSN, June 18

Paul Holmgren to CSN: "I didn't assure Ritch Winter of anything. When the time comes to do our business we will do whatever is best ...for our hockey team."

Frank Seravalli, Philadelphia Daily News, June 18

BOSTON - The Flyers already have decided to use one of their upcoming compliance buyouts on Danny Briere, as has been speculated for months.

But they are less certain about using their second buyout on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who would be due $23 million over the next 14 years to not play for the team.

Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, told the Daily News Tuesday night he spoke with Paul Holmgren as recently as Monday to check on the status of his client.

Winter contacted Holmgren based on various reports, especially from TSN in Canada, that Bryzgalov would be bought out. Winter said Holmgren reassured him that Bryzgalov was one of the Flyers' "best players" and that he was "not the problem" and would remain a Flyer next season.

Compliance Buyouts Explained, April 2013

Here’s what the new CBA forbids
This is where things get a little tricky (and a little disappointing, to the many Briere fans who have sent e-mails to

Players who are bought out by a team cannot have their contracts renegotiated by that team. So, as stated above, the Flyers would be prohibited from buying out Briere or any other player whose cap hit might be undesirable and then re-signing him to a lesser contract.

When a team buys out a player’s contract, that player is not permitted to re-join that club for the duration of the season that follows the summer during which he was bought out. That means that a player bought out by the Flyers in 2013 cannot play for the Flyers during the 2013-14 season, and a player bought out by the Flyers in 2014 cannot play for the Flyers for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

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