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If Streit signs, will Flyers buy out Bryzgalov, Briere?

Jun 12, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers made waves by acquiring the rights to New York Islanders blueliner Mark Streit.

While there’s no question that the Flyers could use another skilled offensive defenseman to help fill the void that’s existed since Chris Pronger suffered a concussion, Streit is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in less than a month and he’ll probably demand something in the ballpark of $5 million per season.

Even without Streit, the Flyers have exceeded the 2013-14 salary cap, based on Cap Geek’s projections, so their latest move adds further fuel to the persistent rumors that they will exercise their two compliance buyouts this summer on forward Daniel Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

That would free up a little bit over $12 million in annual cap space.

“Have to believe compliance buyouts are in the works for Bryzgalov and Briere to free up cap space,” TSN’s Bob McKenzie said following the Streit trade.

If they go down that route, it won’t be a shock to either player.

“Definitely. It’s reality,” Briere said in April about the possibility of being brought out.

“To be honest, I don’t care,” Bryzgalov said on the subject. “Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”

The only difference is that Briere made it clear that he would like to stay in Philadelphia while Bryzgalov dodged the question at the time.

Meanwhile, Flyers GM Paul Homgren has tried his best to squash these types of rumors in the past.

“I think right now with Ilya and Steve [Mason], we’ve got good goaltending moving forward,” said Holmgren. “Any talk of anything other than that I think is out of bounds.”

Buying out Bryzgalov would bring an end to a shaky, albeit brief, era in Philadelphia. Bryzgalov has produced a string of often bizarre statements and has been inconsistent between the pipes. At the same time, the alternative in Philadelphia, netminder Steve Mason, shouldn’t be regarded as a safe bet after years of struggling in Columbus.

If the Flyers shed Bryzgalov’s salary, then they will likely seek a strong backup that is capable of starting if Mason falters.

Of course, it’s hard to accurately predict what Philadelphia will do because the team has been nothing if not bold. They might sign Streit and then pull the trigger on other trades that will get them under the cap while still allowing them to keep Bryzgalov and/or Briere.

Anything is possible with them.

  1. jimw81 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    yes,this is old news.

  2. spitfisher - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Brierre is scheduled to get like 2-3 mill next year due to his contract- if they traded him they could get a lot more talent than 2-3 mill that they owe him, last year he was paid 6-7 million.

    • 19to77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      You’re right. Trading Briere to a cap-floor team might work better. His production is worth his actual salary, just not his garish cap hit. Unfortunately, with the Islanders having suddenly transformed into a competitive hockey team, the usual candidate for high-cap low-salary players isn’t into that anymore. Colorado? Phoenix maybe?

    • bcisleman - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      After the season he just had, 35+, cap hit of $6.5? Doubt Flyers would get much, if anything, for him. Their best hope is a cap-poor team takes him for a very minor pick or prospect so they don’t have to buy him out.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      He has a NMC and from what people have said, his family situation doesn’t really allow him to move

      • 19to77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        NMC will block a trade, but will he really bother using it knowing the Flyers can just buy him out anyway? He can force them not to deal him, but ultimately trade protection is worthless this year. If they want to cut him, they’ll cut him, one way or another. He could retire to stay with his family in Philly I guess, but do you imagine he’ll call it a career at 35 with no Cup? A trade probably makes more sense for him than the buyout option, unless they send him to a complete non-contender.

      • sens101 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        If anything he would force a buyout over a trade because then he gets more money as he can take his cash and sign another contract and move to a destination of his choice. Trade makes no sense for Briere.

  3. jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    i still dont see a buyout for bryzgalov….but he is an expensive back-up if mason takes the job. briere is more realistic in my opinion

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      So basically just cause you dont see a buyout , someone who writes for TSN is wrong ?
      wake up … Bryz is history … the experiment with him was garbage

      • jpelle82 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        whats their backup plan, are they gonna start the season with 2 backup goalies in mason and leighton? good luck with that…as a pens fan i sure hope so

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        the point is , he’s gotta go he’s bene nothing but an annoying distraction that’s never been a good fit in that town since day one … who their back up isnt my problem, im just stating the obvious that he’s going to get claused out

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Hb Bryz gets bought out and plays back up in Columbus BEHIND bobrovsky like it should’ve been in Philly? Wait nvm , he sucks way too much , just buy him out and let him retire

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      If he gets bought out, and I hope he does, he’ll probably go back to Russia. Or maybe he ends up back in Phoenix since Mike Smith is out of their price range. And Bryz probably won’t garner a huge payday after his recent performance, so the yotes will be able to afford him. Either way, I say good riddance.

    • Windmiller4 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Wouldn’t that be ironic if he did end up backing up Bobrovsky in Columbus. That is of course if they both don’t bolt to Russia, which is a definite reality. Also it would be interesting to see him back in Phoenix, and whether or not he could regain his form

  5. Windmiller4 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    I know Briere has family issues that would be easier dealt with if he were in Philly, but with a buyout being almost certain, he should at least explore a trade if it were to come up. I’m sure he wouldn’t have a problem being traded to Phoenix, because of history, or maybe Florida, it would be fun to see him playing with Mckinnon/Druin. Hell even Tampa is a decent option, and if he does care about the Flyers organization he would want to see them get at least a pick back for him, it always sucks to let a player walk for nothing in return

  6. tcclark - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    If Briere wants to be in Philadelphia he needs to think about the future. The Flyers are notorious for bringing back former players (see Gagne, Fedotenko, and Knuble just this year). If he allows them to trade him to a cap-floor team, they would be much more likely to bring him back when his contract comes up. Signing a 37 year old powerplay specialist who is good come playoff time has the Flyers written all over it, but only if he helps out the franchise by accepting a trade elsewhere.

  7. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    What on Earth makes you people think that Snyder/Comcast will drop all that money on Bryz just to get rid of him? At the very least I think the organization is smart enough to keep him another year and see how well he plays behind an actual defense.

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      and run the risk of the clown blowing more games by not coming up with big saves when needed? how hard is it for people to realize that this idiot needs to get out of town up there? lol, $$ is no object to comcast or ed snider

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