Philadelphia Flyers Buy Out Ilya Bryzgalov

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced today they will exercise their second compliance buyout on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren released a statement Tuesday to the media to announce the move. “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, Holmgren said.

Bryzgalov was the main piece of a major roster overhaul for the Flyers in 2011. Holmgren traded away captain Mike Richards and leading scorer Jeff Carter to clear cap space for Bryzgalov, who signed a nine-year, $51 million contract with the Flyers. Holmgren believed Bryzgalov was the superstar goalie the Flyers long needed to finally win the Stanley Cup. Bryzgalov showed some glimpses of greatness, but was far too inconsistent, especially in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In two years, Bryzgalov saved 90.5% of shots and allowed 2.61 goals per game. In 11 games in the 2012 playoffs, Bryzgalov was 5-6 with a 3.46 goals allowed average.

The move clears up valuable salary cap space for the Flyers, who will save $5.67 million in 2013-14. The Flyers will pay Bryzgalov $1.6 million over the next 14 years to buyout his contract. That leaves the Flyers with Steve Mason as the starting goalie. Mason, 25, impressed in his 7 games this year with the Flyers, saving 94% of shots with a 1.90 GAA. The Flyers are looking for a backup for Mason as well, and with more cap space, look for a move to be made soon.

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