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Bryzgalov yanked vs. Jets, Mason makes Flyers debut

Apr 6, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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It didn’t take long for the Philadelphia Flyers to get Steve Mason in the mix.

The former Blue Jackets goalie, acquired at Wednesday’s trade deadline, replaced Ilya Bryzgalov to start the third period of Philly’s game in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 16 shots against the Jets, with all four goals coming in a seven-minute span during the second period.

Saturday’s affair was only Mason’s second game with the Flyers. He served as Bryzgalov’s backup for a 5-3 win over Toronto on Thursday.

It’ll be interesting to see what role Mason plays moving forward as the Flyers continue to hunt down a playoff spot.

The organization seems fairly high on Mason reclaiming the form that saw him win the Calder in 2009 and get nominated for the Vezina — so much so that his agent, Anton Thun, said he expects the 24-year-old to have a one-year contract extension signed with the Flyers “in the next few days.”

Update: Mason finished the game by stopping all nine shots faced in the third period, but the Flyers still lost, 4-1.

Afterward, Philly forward Wayne Simmonds summed up the performance.

“”We sucked,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We went back to our old ways.”

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I hope its the beginning of the Mason era !

    • pfpmb - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      $23 million… $23 million… $23 million…
      That’s what my section was chanting at the MTS Centre today. That’s Bryz’s buyout #. Money well spent…

      • pfpmb - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        Also caught on the CBC feed during a TV timeout, Bryz was seen sleeping and ignoring Mason. He woke up for a yawn, completely ignoring his teammate. I’m so glad Bryz didn’t come to Winnipeg when it was rumored that Phoenix was moving back to the Peg. I would say the Bryz could go back to the KHL but that stint end unceremoniously just before January.

    • rbearpet - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Mason should have been the starter, yesterday, Bryz sucks, he lets in soft goals, it is a new era, THE STEVE MASON ERA., and one more thing Bryz is horrible one on one.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Can’t disagree with a word you said ! I describe Bryz’s style like this he gets in position so the puck hits him he dosen’t save the puck if you know what I mean here,then he is screwed for a secondary save ! Was it me or right off the bat Mason looked like he could move anywhere the puck was gonna go !

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Eiggles, I think you’re correct in your assessment… I feel like whenever Bryz makes a big save it can be attributed more to positioning and where the shooter gets the puck as opposed to Bryzgalov using his “talent”. For a 6’3″ goalie he plays small. Mason is 6’4″ but looks like he’s about 6 inches taller than Bryz in the net. I don’t want to put too much stock in one period of a game that was already over but Mason impressed me. I sincerely hope Mason gets the start Tuesday against the Isles. Bryz really needs a break anyway, maybe he’d have been better if he had more rest this season.

    • rbearpet - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      He should be the starter tomorrow

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Tuesday right ?????

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Bryz looked like he wanted no part of this game. The 2nd period was a dreadful team effort, but Bryz managed to one up the entire team with his dismal play. That 4th goal was disgusting. The Luke Schenn injury really turned the game around. But the silver lining… Mason has looked great. He’s been in position, looks quick, and hasn’t allowed a single rebound. Maybe Homer was right. If he can play like this then there’s no question Bryz is out of here after the season. Of course efforts like Bryz gave today will write his own ticket out of town.

    • handsofsweed - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Very accurate assessment of Mason. I was hoping he’d fall apart, but I saw the same thing you did. Buying out Bryz and Proger puts you guys in great position to very quickly rebuild on top of your young talent. Basically, we’re gonna be at each other’s throats for the next decade.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        I’m glad you see what I see when I look at this Flyers club. If Mason gets a few starts and plays like he did in the third then there’s no way they keep Bryz, especially with the cap dropping to $64 million. Unfortunately they can’t buy Pronger out because he’s on LTIR, but they could buy out both Bryz and Briere which would afford them a nice cushion on the cap ceiling. This is a deep draft coming up so whether they make or miss the postseason they will be able to add a solid prospect to their young core. And I’m sure Holmgren will do whatever necessary to find a replacement for Pronger. So yes the new division next season and the years beyond will be an absolute dog fight.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Come on guys, don’t get so pumped up over one period of relief in a blow out type game. It happens all the time, a team gets a big lead then just shuts it down to protect the victory.
        If they were seriously contemplating buying out Bryz, then Mason would be playing all the games so that they could judge him better. Billionaires didn’t get that way by giving away millions for nothing.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Snider will do whatever it takes to make this team better. If Holmgren decides that the return on the investment isn’t up to snuff (and it hasn’t been) then I fully believe Snider will eat the remaining contract. The cap ceiling is dropping, the results aren’t there, and the Flyers have other pressing needs. Would they have given up a 3rd rd pick if they didn’t believe Mason could play in this league? And have you heard them raving about him? The writing is on the wall. Honestly I think Bryz rubs some people in the organization the wrong way. The players would never say it but that’s my feeling. They’re paying this guy more than Luongo and almost as much as Quick but he’s not an elite goalie. Mason isn’t playing all the games because A) he just joined the team and, B) they still believe they can make the playoffs and Laviolette knows what he has in Bryz. They weren’t gonna take Bryz out in the midst of a winning streak, despite his average play. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mason get the start Tuesday or Thursday. I just think there are more factors pointing towards amnesty than there are pointing towards keep.

    • rbearpet - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Bryz is way over paid, get him outta here, ASAP!!!!

  3. President Charles Logan - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    lol buhhht buhhut.. it’s not bry’z s fault this year remember?? … the bottom line is this clown never comes up big in MUST win games …. period.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      You’ll never get an argument from me about Bryzgalov’s performance since he came to Philly. He’s been brilliant, he’s been dreadful, but the majority of his play has been average. And when you’re paying a goalie $5.7 mil/yr you should be getting something close to Roberto Luongo’s level. Bryz has never come close to that. He started out the year very well, but after the first six weeks or so he’s returned to last years form. Like I said above, Mason was excellent in limited action, so the writing definitely seems to be on the wall for Ilya. The Flyers needed this win and our “franchise” goalie came up small. He didn’t get much help but sometimes you have to save your defenders (not always the other way round), and Bryz rarely does that. Very disappointing, but the glimpse of Mason gives me hope. He deserves to start Tuesday, in my opinion.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Luke Schenn took a puck to the face from the top of the circle, not the blue line… top of the circle and was lost for a big part of the game and this is what you get from PHT ……CRICKETS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • pens5829 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Who is Luke Schenn?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Ask your father !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        If you watched hockey you would know

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        No sense telling you since you don’t watch hockey

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Luke Schenn is a man who does not have a fragile little girly mouth and jaw.

      • hy3rid28 - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:09 AM

        Cut him a break guys he’s a pens fan, obviously he just started watching hockey a few years ago

      • pens5829 - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. That’s your season winding helplessly down. Sucks. Doesn’t it?

  5. jacketsfan7 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Mason looked real sharp , I bet hell prove all the doubters wrong

    • rbearpet - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Hope he does prove everyine wrong, I have faith in him, and he is young, and has not reached his Prime yet.

  6. jimw81 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    beginning of the end for Bryzgalov

  7. President Charles Logan - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    on a serious note this loss was by far the toughest one of the year for you guys , if you miss the last spot by a point or even 2 points, you might wanna reference back to this game

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Not really

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Especially considering the Flyers controlled play in the 1st. Then the 2nd period rolled around and it was a completely different game. Everyone stopped skating, Schenn takes a shot to the dome, and bang, bang, bang, just like that it’s 3-1. That’s when Bryz absolutely had to shut the door, but in the final minute he gives up his usual softie. A 2-goal deficit is difficult to overcome but not impossible, as the Flyers showed over the past 5 games. But 3 goals down is completely different. From that point on it was a lost cause.

      • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Philly and eiggles. You guys know your stuff and you always bring unbiased insight and very good insight on here.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Maybe you should concentrate on your dwindling over hyped teams next first round exit instead of whether we make the playoffs or not by a pint or two.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        nice to see my posts still get under your skin and have such an effect on you broad

      • drone501 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        steve mason the great franchise saving goalie. don” the flyers do this every other year. hope they get it right soon. no playoffs for you flyers. one year.

    • matthewmacisaac - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      I don’t think this one is going to stand out as much as some others(Blowing a 3-1 lead to NJ when they were struggling, blowing a 2-0 lead to NYI, and the list goes on)Even in some of the wins, Bryz (who I thought would have turned it around by now)has moment that make you say WTF, like ducking his head to avoid a shot that ends up a goal. Luke Schenn didn’t duck and he isn’t wearing the protection that Bryz is. Actually, Bryz’s head duck was the quickest move he’s made all year, so maybe he still has the reflexes.

  8. lockjaw87 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Here at Pro Crosby Talk we don’t recognize anyone who takes a puck to the chops unless it makes them super human. Nice try schenn. But you’re not wolverine aka the great one. Sidney Christ.

    • xflyersx - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      wowwww get off your knees bud

  9. President Charles Logan - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    kind of a scary thought that the flyers are investing so much hope on building around those over rated over hyped schenn sisters .

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Not really

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        flyers………..making the playoffs….. a realistic chance at winning the stanley cup …… not really.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      I was agreeing with your comments up until this one. You are totally wrong about both Schenn’s. They’re keepers and both will be solid pros. When Brayden puts it all together he will be a 25-30 goal, power forward. And Luke has been very good this season. I was even talking to some Leafs fans who couldn’t believe how Luke Schenn has looked, they said he’s so much better than he was last year. And they’re right. Both will continue to develop. After all, they’re only 23 (Luke) and 21 (Brayden).

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        lot of if’s in your paragraph here. and it’s pretty sad in my opinion that the ONLY reason Homer went out and got Luke Schenn was because his sister was already on the team. I just dont like either one of them …. not that it matters . but they are not these god sends like you guys think. luke has been horrible this year you’re about the only one who defends his play 77

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        You can call them sisters as much as you want but it doesn’t change the fact that you’re totally wrong in your assessment. Where exactly are the “ifs”? Because I’m not seeing them. I’ve watched every minute of the Flyers season, have you? I can sure as hell tell you that Luke Schenn has not been anywhere close to horrible. He leads the league in combined hits and blocked shots, two essential categories for defensemen. You’re a Pens fans so I don’t expect you to be objective when evaluating the Flyers but I can tell you that ANYONE that truly knows the game of hockey would disagree with you. Luke Schenn, Grossmann, and Timonen have all been very good on the Flyers blueline. I never said “god sends” anywhere, they’re just solid players. And you lose ALL credibility wheb you say “I don’t like either of them”, because then how could you evaluate them objectively?

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        L. Schenn may lead the league in blocked shots or ” combined hits” but it still doesnt make up for the fact that he’s horribly out of position half the time, cant make an initial first pass out of his zone and gets beat to the outside and down low like a rag doll …. quit drinking the orange kool aid like your buddy broadstreetbeathismeat.. and one final time 77 .. im not a pens fan im a neutral observer that enjoys commenting

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Not “combined hits” but the combination of blocked shots+hits. Can I just ask you how many Flyers games you’ve watched this season? Because you can’t make a legitimate argument if you’ve just seen highlights or a few nationally televised games. And I am no kool-aid drinker, if you look at my past posts on PHT you will see that I am no homer. I always attempt to be objective when I evaluate what I see. I think even some of the more respectable Pens would back that up. I am not blind to the Flyers flaws just because they’re my team. If a player sucks then I would not hesitate to say so. Braydon Coburn has sucked this season, Mezsaros was terrible, Kurtis Foster was a joke, Bryz has been average, and Giroux, for the most part, has disappointed. But I’m telling you, you are completely wrong about Luke Schenn. Yes, he’s not fleet of foot and he’s certainly not Matt Carle when he makes an outlet pass out of the zone, but he’s not an offensive defenseman! That’s not his game. He’s a steady, stay at home type with a decent shot. Has there been times when quicker players have beaten him along the boards? Yes! But even the best defenseman get beat sometimes. The great Zdeno Chara didn’t learn to effectively use his size til his mid-to-late twenties. It is a well-known fact that Dmen do not usually reach their full potential until a little later in their careers. There are exceptions but they’re the elite blueliners. The kids 23 and he got thrown to the wolves as an 18-yr old in the rabid market of Toronto. He’s got his confidence back this season and it has allowed him to become a solid presence on the blueline. He’s never gonna be Scott Stevens but few are. If I were to give him a grade for this season it would be a “B”. And I think that’s a fair and accurate assessment of his play. Are there things he can improve? Absolutely but give him time and I guarantee he will be a good, hard-hitting dman for a long time.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        alright since you are one of the more objective flyers fans who post on here then i will back fof on my poor schenn assessment for the time being but the handful of flyers games i have watched here in georgia , he’s been dogsh*it

  10. ray2013 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I didn’t see the game. Did Mason play well or did the Jets just ease off the pedal, or both?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      The Jets had several powerplays but they certainly weren’t attacking like they did in the 2nd. It was only one period, but Mason looked totally poised and in control. Bryz is 6’3”, Mason 6’4” but Mason looks so much bigger in net. I don’t wanna get ahead of myself after 20 minutes of play, however, Mason looked impressive.

      • ray2013 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Hopefully he can put a few good starts together.

  11. gamechangingjaw87 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Well what do u kno, another weak & embarrassing performance by filly. I didn’t even have to watch the game to guarantee they lost. Typical typical typical

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Well seeing that you don’t watch hockey, just masturbate to posters of girly jaw Sid. It doesn’t surprise the least bit.

  12. markeatonslits - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM soup can sids in the tiger costume

  13. puckmepuckyou - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Bryz loses sight of the puck too much. He completely gave up on that last one for sure. He is unreliable and inconsistent. Should be an easy buyout choice along with Briere.

  14. dkphilly1122 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    How’s James Neal feeling?? Droggy still?? What about Cindy, can he talk yet?? I hope the Penguins get the Flyers in the first round again and get the same results as last year. All the criticism of Bryz and our goalies…….your goalies aren’t much better when it matters. Fleury looked like a rookie in the playoffs last year. Yeah it was last year, but in the playoffs they will choke in the first round again.

    • stakex - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      The Flyers aren’t even going to make the playoffs.

      And while I think Fleury is the most over rated starter in the NHL today, Bryz is considered terrible because he IS terrible.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Did you watch the Pens-Rangers game last night? If he plays like that then Flyers will not win the series. Fleury can be inconsistent but he’s way more consistent than Bryzgalov. Every time I watch Bryz I just feel like at any second, on any shot, he’s gonna let one in. And usually when he lets one in, another quickly follows. I don’t trust him.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Dude, Fleury is about as consistent as an 80 year old guys boner. You’re comparing last nights game as a benchmark for beach ball Fleury? Unlike Flower Power Bryz has been playing with little to no team defense most of the year and has made some huge saves to keep his team in it.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Did you not see where I said Fleury is INconsistent? I’m not saying Bryz has had a lot of help but he’s even less consistent than Fleury. I’d say 1 out of 5 games Bryzgalov looks elite. The rest of the time he can be good or he can be brutal. You cannot pay a goalie close to $6 mil in the salary cap era for that kind of performance, you just can’t. That money could be spent more wisely elsewhere, like on a #1 dman. If you were to look at a list of top 10, even top 15, goalies in the NHL (if there was such a list) there isn’t anyone that you’d put Bryz over. Quick? No. Lundqvist? No. Fleury? No. Backstrom? No. Price? No. Etc, etc. In fact it would be a lot easier to name goalies who are worse than him, because there aren’t that many. Like I said, I’ve watched him for 2 years and I have no confidence that he’s gonna shut the door when we need a stop.

    • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Since you love bringing up the past how many cups has Fleury won? And all you have is oh how is james neal feeling? Can crosby talk yet? Seriously quit letting your little sister write you smack talk. She should
      Just smack you. Period. Ripping on players injuries is just pathetic. I don’t care who you rooting for injuries and making stupid comments like yours ridiculous. If you are such a tough guy walk up to pat lafontaine marc savard eric lindros darren mccarty david perron and ask them how they are feeling and call them out. Since you like making fun of players with injuries walk into a veteran’s hospital and call them out since injuries are nothing to you tough guy. You make it sound as if injuries are funny. Any Pens fan who thinks injuries are funny Do the same.

    • drone501 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      steve mason the great franchise saving goalie. don” the flyers do this every other year. hope they get it right soon. no playoffs for you flyers. one year.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Well we never had the benefit of building our entire core by drafting in the top 5 for five consecutive years.

  15. bubblehead22 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Hey dkPhilly: Maybe the actual “Best Player in the World” will invite Claudia the “Most Overrated Player in the World” to sit in the team luxury box and watch the playoffs. I can’t stop saying it, some Philly fans are still drunk from their “We won a playoff series parade”

  16. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Well if they (front office/mgmt) plan on using the amnesty clause on Sir Bryz, you might as well start Mason. We shall see.

  17. markeatonslits - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    broadstreet, stop talking your irrelevant brah

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Is that English you’re speaking or are you 12? Stop talking you’re a dbag with multiple personality disorder…uh surfer dude.

      • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Hey broadstreetbeardown. Sounds like you have a lot of experience with 80 yr old men and boners. Your mom doesn’t have a gag reflex. Did you get that honestly from her? I would love to see you take a 90+ mph slapshot to the jaw. You sound loke the ultimate tough guy. I’m sure you could still service all those 80 yr old boners you keep gagging on. Sounds like you and your boy dkphilly are spending an awful long time watching Pens games. Sounds like those 80 yr olds are educating you two dumbs**** on more than just swallowing. Its pretty funny that the flyers lose yet you continue to talk about your playoff win from last year. And everytime the flyers lose you want to talk about the Penguins and their injuries. Shouldn’t you two towelboys be worried about applying that hemorrhoid cream to your 80 yr old handlers? Its typical of losers to envy what they desperately want but will never have or be.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Honestly that has to be the stupidest most incoherent post I have read in a long time. Totally lacking in substance, spelling grammar and basic rationale. I now feel dumber for having read it. may God have mercy on your ignorant soul. Oh, and it seems to me that you have a serious attraction with your mother and 80 year old hard ons. you only mentioned them four times. Swallow much?

      • bowman20 - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

        I thought this was a hockey page. I deleted Facebook when I got fed up with b*tching and pointless babbling over asinine topics. For the love of Christ leave this page to actual fans of the sport and cry back and forth somewhere else!

  18. mclovinhockey - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Lou’s cap hit is actually less than Bryz. I think there will be two but outs next year. Which is funny considering the major difference in skill in the two.

  19. crazemastercraze - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    It will only take around, oh, 50,000 more games like this for Flyers fans to finally admit their team sucks. I can’t wait!

  20. markeatonslits - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    you need to stop commenting here brah, soup can christ would not approve of your language on pro crosby talk. relax brah

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Hang ten on Crysby’s shriveled stones brah.

  21. crazemastercraze - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Only in the Flyers fantasy land fan bubble does one player going down and it becomes the main reason for the entire teams collapse. It’s been going on like this for decades.

  22. gamechangingjaw87 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Captain Gamechanging HybridJaw will once again grace us all with his presence in a few games, calm down u phillthy bastards, we can circlejerk together

    • handsofsweed - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Uhhh, did you just invite him to……….yeah. Yeah, you did. Oh. My. God.

  23. crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Hey broadstreet nice billy madison quote. How original. You brought up the 80 yr olds. Nice comeback by the way. Witty.

  24. unklepaulhargus - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Can someone answer this question about the CBA? Is cap hit the true salary or average of the contract? Briere’s contract drops drasticly next season. (from 7mil this season, to 3mil next year, then 2mil the final year) Keep hearing that he may be bought out? But for 3mil/2mil why not keep him?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      It’s the average. So although his salary drops dramatically his cap hit is still like $6.5 million. The Flyers can’t afford that for his production the past two seasons. Idk about using the amnesty on a player with one year left but the Flyers can’t keep him. The Bruins were interested in him before he got hurt (bc of his salary drop) so I’m hoping someone would trade a late pick for him in the offseason. But that’s probably unrealistic bc the cap ceiling is dropping by $6 million. So IMO Briere and Bryz both get bought out after the season.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        *sorry 2 years left on his deal.

      • unklepaulhargus - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        BTW, here is his contract breakdown, copied from story of when he signed with Philly

        The contract is heavily front-loaded, with Briere to make $10 million next season — double what he made last year. He’ll then make $8 million in the next two years and $7 million during the 2010-13 seasons. The contract then tapers off with Briere scheduled to make $3 million in 2013-14 and $2 million in the final year of the deal.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Brieres cap hit is 6.5 million for the next 2 years. Refreshing to see a honest question/comment as opposed to typical pens/flyer bashing.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Agreed. I’m tired of the incessant bickering. It’s not like there’s anything new to bring to the Pens-Flyers discussion, just the same ignorant garbage. I just wanna talk hockey, like yourself. Hopefully it stops, or slows, but I fear once the playoffs start it will get even worse.

      • unklepaulhargus - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Want to be sure I understand. Lets say DB OK’s a trade, the new team would only have to pay the salary he is due, but receive the avg cap hit? Or would the new team only be charged for the average of years/$$ remaining? Wouldnt this make him actually desireable for some of those teams with less cash to up their cap?

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        The team receiving briere would only have to pay 2 mill and 3 mill each year respectively but he would count as 6.5 mill a year against the cap. The trash talk on here come playoff time is going to be brutal haha. Still better then a lockout though.

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        Also unklepaulhargus don’t forget that under the new CBA teams can retain some of the cap hit $ in a trade if their desperate. Say briere gets traded to team x , the flyers could say they will keep 2.5 million as a cap hit then team x would pay briere the 2 million per year and the cap hit would be 4 million.

  25. dkphilly1122 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Crash……seriously that’s your response?? Poor Penguin fan constantly reading and commenting on Flyer’s posts……yet you dislike them. Talk about letting your sister write posts…….is Neal still droggy from DZ’s hit?? He is fragile as hell like half the Pens are. Crying about an elbow when he was the one initially going for a hit. Neal is without a doubt one of the dirtiest players in the league with his linemate Malkin. The series last year proved how dirty they are. Malkin hitting Couturier with a stick to the balls…….and Neal with two dirty hits in one shift and he only ends up with a game suspension. Keep trolling Flyer posts though. I guess you’s really don’t have much else to do in Pittsburgh. It must suck to live in a second class city.

    • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Yep fragile is taking a 90 mph slapshot to the jaw or an elbow to the head. I guess pronger was fragile for getting blasted from behind. Talbot was fragile for getting bashed on the knee. Coburn is a fragile bc his shoulder popped out of place after getting crushed into the boards. Weaklings. Joni pitkanen should be ashamed he is out for a whole year after being slammed into the boards. Hartnell should never shown his face in the lockerroom after blocking a hard slapshot with his foot to try and save a goal. Mezaros is a crybaby bc he had herniated discs in his back from repeated abuse and physical play. So the flyers and other players can get injured but if its a Pens player they are fragile and deserve it bc they play in Pittsburgh. So according to your theory coburn got what he deserved after he crushed dupuis into the boards the last time they played?

  26. dkphilly1122 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    No one said injuries are funny…..half the Flyers are injured idiot…… Your Pens players cause a ton of injuries, so it is bitter sweet to see them get what they dish out. A little elbow and he gets droggy. Go cry to your Pens fans cause no one else wants to hear it or you start talking about non hockey related stuff. Bringing up Veterans injuries, who risk their lives for our country, to Hockey players getting payed millions to play a sport they love is no comparison.

    • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      I called out the Pens for their actions. I hated the way neal asham and malkin acted last year. I commented on it repeatedly. There is no place for that in hockey. Read your post. You don’t like crosby and neal. I understand that. I have no problem with that at all. Its part of sports and rivalry. I brought up the point that injuries to Anyone are not funny and should not be subject to ridicule bu anyone Pens fans included and trust ne there are a ton of bad ones too. Trust me i’m not a Pens fan that cries about injuries. They happen to everyone. Unfortunately the media are responsible for making ppl and injuries relevant. I really hated that talbot was injured.had a ton of respect for him in PGH and still do. I still like Jagr. Injuries are injuries. You can’t pick and choose who you ridicule. Ok baseball players don’t count. Just trying to show a different perspective on how to look at injuries. Hey PGH is full of fnas that became fans when crosby got drafted. I am not one of them.

    • crashtheboards55 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      The flyers players have never caused injuries to anyone? Pens players are the only ones who cause injuries? Its bittersweet to see the only players in the league get what they deserve? But i thought injuries weren’t funny. You seem to take great pleasure in seeing crosby and neal get hurt.

  27. whammy71 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Whammy…….that is all. Oh, and the Flyers suck donkey shlongs!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Thank you for the consistent insights, whammy. It’s a breath of fresh air.

      • whammy71 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        Anything for you PhillyPhalicSymbol.

        Start making your April 29th tee times yet? Better hurry up!

  28. bobhpine - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Droggy is not a word.

    Groggy dude.

    I really need to stop reading this idiocy.

  29. edcl48 - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Here come the, I told you so, trolls!

  30. bowman20 - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    I thought this was a hockey page. I deleted Facebook when I got fed up with b*tching and pointless babbling over asinine topics. For the love of Christ leave this page to actual fans of the sport and cry back and forth somewhere else!

    • whammy71 - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      you should have finished off your rant with a nice “WHAMMY!” It helps get the point across.

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