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Report: Flyers will buy out Briere, Bryzgalov another story (Updated)

Jun 18, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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With the Philadelphia Flyers dealing with a difficult cap situation and looking to sign offensive defenseman Mark Streit despite that, GM Paul Holmgren has informed forward Daniel Briere that he will be bought out, according to ESPN’s sources and confirmed by CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio.

Briere, 35, had six goals and 16 points in 34 games this season. There’s no question that he can still contribute, but it’s also not hard to see why Philadelphia would want to be free of his $6.5 million annual cap hit, given their circumstances.

The bigger question now is what the Philadelphia Flyers might do with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Although the Flyers’ cap situation is serious, the team reportedly hasn’t decided if they should use their other compliance buyout to get his eight-year, $51 million deal off the books.

Interestingly, Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent, Rich Winter, has been informed that his client won’t be bought out after the Stanley Cup Final concludes, according to Josh Rimer.

That being said, circumstances can change in a hurry. As Philadelphia Daily News writer Frank Seravalli pointed out, Jeff Carter‘s agent was told his client that he wouldn’t be traded a week before he was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I’ve worked with (Holmgren) a long time,” Winter told Seravalli. “Until he gives me a reason to think otherwise, I trust him.”

Update: “I didn’t assure Rich Winter of anything. When the time comes to do our business we will do whatever is best for our hockey team,” Holmgren told Tim Panacci. In other words, anything is still possible.

  1. killerpgh - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I can see Briere signing with the Islanders to stay close to his kids.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      I think that’d be a good spot for him. And with Streit now in Philly, DannyB could help Tavares become a solid captain. Briere is an excellent leader. But I don’t really want him in the East come playoff time, as he’s beyond clutch. If someone gives him a defined role in the top-6 forwards then it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him get back above 50pts. Hes got something left in the tank.

      • miketoasty - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        As a Pens fan, the only way you can really hate Briere is because he is just so good. Solid player that will continue to thrive on whatever team he plays for.

        Could definitely see the Island as his next destination, and I think Johnny T would, as you said, do wanders with him around. Great guy.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    One down…one more to go? Danny B brought a lot to the Flyers. Unfortunately, the last 2 years were diminishing returns at best.

  3. jimw81 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    somebody is lying…..

    @tpanotchCSN 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 …

    • jimw81 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      @tpanotchCSN Homer: “…for our hockey team.”

      the soap opera called the As Flyers Turns continues…..

  4. desertfan - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Can you believe the a##h##e Andersen playing for the HEAT- great kids role model!!!

    • jimw81 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      I knew this is going to a game 7 when NBA announced that Joey Crawford was one of the referees tonight.

  5. kingsforever - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Voracek and Couterier for Bernier is the rumor. Seems a tad much

    • DonkeyStick - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Please….entertain me and reveal your source of this rumor because I can’t imagine all that for a backup goalie.

      • 19to77 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        The fevered dreams of a homer lunatic, I’d wager. A point-per-game winger and a high-level shutdown centre for a backup with unproven promise? Kingsforever, are you secretly blomsfeld?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Ha Ha Ha thats called fantasy island my friend.

  6. sjsharks66 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Danny B is great in the playoffs. During the normal season though he is a bust. This is a good move. All the players on the Flyers need to step it up when they reach the playoffs next year. Because I put money on it that it will happen. This year was a fluke for them.

  7. laxman1944 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    If True………..Thanks Danny for everything you brought to the club.

    YOU made a difference on and especially off the ice (Taking in some of the young guys) good luck with your next club.

    Once a Flyer……..always a Flyer

  8. jimw81 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    more quotes from bryz agent.

    “(Holmgren) called me a few minutes ago and confirmed what I have said (regarding Bryzgalov),” Winter said. He went on to say that Holmgren told him “not buying Ilya out was fair.”

    “It’s what he (Holmgren) has told me all along,” said Winter.

    After all that has been said, Winter left a little bit of doubt in the air.

    “(What I said) is all I know, but are there ever any assurances in life?”

    • elvispocomo - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Was that part of a 6400 word diatribe on his blog?

  9. bobhpine - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Using two compliance buyouts should give you some pause, since they are an admission of a bad contract. But Holmgren just continues to pump out these long expensive contracts to questionable players.

    Subtract Bryz, Briere and Coburn (and a first round pick, but who’s counting), and plug in Bobby Ryan, Mark Streit and Bernier… does that make an 11th place team a cup contender? That Streit deal still boggles my mind. I know puck moving Dmen are expensive, but four years AND the no trade is asinine. No one else was going to give him that and Philly traded for the privilege to grossly overpay him to boot.

    I have to assume Ritch Winter is blowing smoke. If they keep Bryzgalov after dealing all of that for Bernier, someone should take Holmgren’s keys and breathalyzer him. It would make the rest of us so happy though. Bryzgalov in Philly is like gin and tonic. Not great on their own, but perfect together.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Why don’t you worry about the mess own have on your own back end and apparently now on your front end as well. A Norris candidate who coughs up pucks like beer leaguer and three superstars who can’t buy a point in a four game series.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        Paul Holmgren would trade his mom, 4 future first round picks and Giroux for that “beer leaguer”…and the Pens have the highest goals per game average of any team that made the playoffs.

        Having said that, both you, and Bobhpine, have a point. Some changes coming for both clubs…but to his point, I see talk about Bobby Ryan…WHY. Simmonds/Voracek were two bright spots last year – right wing is the only position that didn’t need touched. They are now buying out center #2…is Schenn really ready to be that guy? Or another move at center coming? So far it’s all leading to a shuffling of similar parts. But interesting.

    • narfmoo12 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      So in 2011-12 the Flyers were cup contenders, and then lost Jagr and Carle. Did that cause them to go from cup contenders to 11th place? No. I figure the 314 man games (3rd most in the NHL) lost to injury caused the drop. So yes, adding in Streit, Ryan, Bernier, and all of the youngsters being a year older should put them back as cup contenders.

      Remember, Giroux, Voracek, Couturier, Schenn, Schenn, Read, Simmonds, Laughton, Rinaldo and Gustafsson are all between 19 and 26 years old.

      • hockey412 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        I disagree the lost man games…Pronger accounted for 48 of those, Shelley accounted for 36 (who isn’t helping your club), Rinaldo accounted for 16 (who cares), Leighton accounted for 10 (who wasn’t playing anyway), Sestito accounted for 6.

        I think that definitely the injuries to the a few of the Dmen hurt, but I don’t think it’s fully to blame. Also – why is Philly so big on Ryan as a good move? He’s great, but you have two really good RW’s as it is. How’s that help? You are buying out center #2, to bring in another good RW? Makes little sense.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      First off, I don’t believe the Bobby Ryan rumors one bit. There was probably a conversation but his price hasn’t dropped so it’s not gonna happen. And I wholeheartedly disagree that Streit wouldn’t have received a similar deal on the open market. He’s the best of a very, very weak crop of available defenders. Meanwhile the price of defenders continues its unstoppable rise upwards. You combine those two factors with the fact that half the league is looking for a puck-moving blueliner and… voila! you have a ridiculously expensive 3-4 yr deal for a 35yr old defender. It’s the way the NHL works. Logic doesn’t always play a big role. From what I’ve read, Edmonton , who has plenty of cap space, was absolutely zoned in on Streit and probably would’ve given him 6mil/yr in a bidding war. I’m not saying signing Streit isn’t a risk but it was a necessary risk. Without using assets like Couturier, Schenn, and Laughton on him, Holmgren can now turn around and make another deal for a goaltender and/or another defender. And it’s addition by subtraction if the buyout Bryz.

      And this Flyers core is the same one that took out the Pens a year ago. They are a playoff team, no doubt in my mind. This half season was a strange combination of underachievement, a slow start, bad luck, injuries, and poor scheduling (no practice time for a young team). They will be back and better next season.

  10. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Don’t kid yourselves. Homer is making room for Weber.

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      lol… yeah ok…. .. good one

  11. bobhpine - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Ha. Mess is reaching the eastern conference finals, but those eleventh place flyers are on such good shape.

    See, unlike losers who accept no cups in 38 years I agree that reaching the eastern conference finals is nothing to be proud of. The pens need to do better. But seriously man. What a season by the fly girls. They were playing out the final week of the season with meaningless games in a season that was only 12 weeks long. I know I know. It was a fluke. The Flyers should have lost in the finals like always. Mark Streit will fix it.

    I chuckle when you people reference the penguins failure this season. I mean, you are right, it was. They failed to win the Stanley cup. Not a successful season.

    Now for all you courageous Flyers fans: please describe the Philadelphia Flyers 2013 season….

    Go on…

    A fluke right? Just like those other pesky 37 years.

    • wicky888 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Remember when you said that fans of rival teams that post multiple times on the same comment thread were pathetic losers with nothing better to do? That was funny …..

  12. bobhpine - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Oops. 38.


  13. billyhauntswizards - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Would love if the Rangers picked him up short term. He stays by his children, and he gets a chance on a very soon to be contender (in my opinion).

    • DED - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      No disrespect towards Briere but the Rangers picked up his former teammate (and virtual twin in Buffalo), Chris Drury, and that didn’t turn out so great. Now the Flyers are implying that his numbers aren’t worth his big contract either.

      Besides, the Rangers have three young guys they really need to sign this year and a ton of guys next year. If the Rangers would be responsible for any reasonable amount of salary, he’d be a cap space issue.

      I think the Islanders would be a better fit. I do hope he lands a job though.

  14. bobhpine - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Some risks aren’t worth taking. Mark Streit is hardly a one of a kind talent. Why must the Flyers beat out Edmonton for a 36 year old?

    I also have to laugh at you Flyers fans who think beating the Pens in 2012 is such a great barometer. You also got schooled in the next round, round 2, in five games, right! Plus, I thought the Penguins sucked. Why is beating them a big deal if they suck?

    So, the anomaly is the 2013 finish at eleventh, but the true indication is a five game exit in round two? OK. Good luck with that.

    It’s so funny that Flyers fans can’t admit their team sucks and might need a change in thinking. The barometer is not beating the Penguins in a first round series a year ago, the barometer is cups. You have none in two generations. My squad has none in four years and you know what, it’s not good enough. You seem to think playoff appearances and division titles mean something. They mean nothing. That Flyers team you think was so close was barely 25% of the way to the cup when they beat the pens…last year.

    But hey, the pens lost in the ECF. That’s basically as good as a cup right? Well, I guess that’s a question for the over fifty crowd since the rest of your wouldn’t know….I love the west coast, a chance to respond to nonsense.

  15. slammed81 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Yea bophine ur team needs to change too buddy

  16. crazemastercraze - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Philadelphia Flyers: always on a collision course with hilarity.

  17. habssuck - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Maybe Philly will go after that goalie that won the Vezina this year!

    • elvispocomo - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Or they could call up that young star that did so well in Sweden the last two seasons. You know, the goalie that backstopped his team to a SEL championship while posting a 952 sv% and a 1.06 GAA.

  18. spitfisher - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I always though Brier would be great in a bruins uniform, when he was Buffalo, he plays great with an edge…….don’t be surprised guys like him want to be on a team that contends, The Bs have a young team that should contend for the next couple of years, should they win this year, along with Rask…..don’t be surprised.

  19. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I thank God Briere didn’t sign in Montreal every time I see him play. Gomez was bad enough, Briere would have been unbearable.

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Briere would have been great in Montreal , not sure why you’d make an ignorant comment like you just did greenmtnboy

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