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Bye-bye Bryzgalov: Flyers will use compliance buyout

Jun 25, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers are parting ways with Ilya Bryzgalov.

After just two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, Bryzgalov has been informed the Flyers will use a compliance buyout on his contract.

The club made the news official on Tuesday with a statement from GM Paul Holmgren:

“I met with Ilya this morning and informed him that we are going to exercise a compliance buy out of his contract.

“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.”

Bryzgalov signed a nine-year, $51 million deal with the Flyers in 2011.

Buying him out will save Philly $5.66 million in cap space for the next seven seasons, but the club also has to pay him $23 million over the next 14 years  — two-thirds of the remaining $34.5 million on Bryzgalov’s contract, over twice the remaining years.

So yeah, the Flyers will be paying him through 2027.

With the move, Philadelphia has also used up all its compliance buyouts. The club has already announced it’ll be buying out the deal of forward Daniel Briere.

The move to get rid of Bryzgalov isn’t surprising, though it will raise some eyebrows given what Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, said last week.

“Paul Holmgren told me they have no current plans to buy out Ilya Bryzgalov,” Winter explained.

“I’ve had numerous conversations with Paul Holmgren and he’s told me Ilya Bryzgalov is not the problem, he was not the problem last year and he was one of their top three players.”

In case you’re wondering how Bryzgalov is taking the news…

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM


  2. flyeredup - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Way to go Holmgren! Carter, Richards, JVR, Bobrovski all gone and you stay employed. Smh

    • DonkeyStick - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Carter, Richards, JVR were all the right move to get rid of, and Bobrovski is too soon to tell.

      • burgh916 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Except everyone they’ve gotten rid of has won a cup in recent memory or their careers have gotten better.

      • DonkeyStick - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        I think it is proven that Carter and RIchards are both ROLE players and are a good fit in LA. THey were counted on to be LEADERS and STARS in Philadelphia, and that they are not.

      • flyerkidd - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        I would say Carter and Richards were the right moves. Carter going to LA can’t cause negative reaction on Flyers.JVR was a result of failing to get Suter and/or Weber, had to be done. If you look, Luke was the only Flyer from top 6 that was playing end of season. The D was a mess…

        The Suter/Parise/Weber mess was created cause Bryz blew and that all falls on Snyder. The Bob move was a result of the Bryz signing.

      • yvrmike - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        LUONGO is the ONLY goalie that Philly should be looking at.
        Luongo is a proven No. 1 goalie vs all the others (Smith is staying with the Coyotes) plus it will be fun to watch Philly play against the Leafs and watch Nonis hide under his desk when Philly kicks there ass.

    • narfmoo12 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Yeah, let’s trade Voracek and Couturier to get Carter back! I’d much rather have Schenn than JVR, and Simmonds/Schenn for Richards is much better on our end…Simmonds was 15-17-32, while Richards was 12-20-32, and that doesn’t even factor in Brayden Schenn. Looking at Bobrovski, yeah he did great this season, except the first half of the season (.899 save % through March 1). He did that for the Flyers too. He goes through great stretches and looks terrible for stretches. Let’s see what he does next year. And people like you were the ones screaming for a starting goalie after Bob crumbled in the playoffs.

      • steelwarriors55 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Dont forget we also got Grossmann with the 2nd rounder sent with Simmer and Schenn

      • perlaezra6 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM

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    • tdrusher225 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Any goalie that leaves Philly will improve his career, but the Vezina is just salt in the wound. The return they got for Carter (Voracek, Couturier, 3rd round pick) and Richards (Simmonds, Schenn, pick) is not all that bad. The back end and the team philosophy is a much bigger problem.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Remember last season you Flyer fans were up in arms about Homer not being nominated for GM of the year?

      Told yas so

    • macjacmccoy - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      I think anyone in the league would take Brayden Shenn, Wayne Simmonds, plus their contracts over Jeff Carter and his contract They also would take Jakub Vorachek, Sean Couturier, plus their contracts over Mike Richards and his contract. Those 2 deals are no brainers, any GM worth their salt would take those trades in a heart beat.

      Ok then when you have an abundance of Forwards and no defense it makes sense to trade JVR for Luke Shenn. It looks like they got the short end of that deal. They might have seeing how JVR played last year. But take a closer look it was only for half of an already shortened regular season. He came back down to earth and showed the inconsistency that got him traded in the first place. So yea in the first year it seems like the Flyers lost out but its not a crazy move to make and there is still plenty of time for it to turn in Philadelphia’s favor.

      So onto Bobs for Mason. Obviously that was a mistake. Bobs cashed in on all the potential that got Flyers fans so excited during his time with team. We thought after nearly 20 years of failed Flyers goalie development that they might have finally learned their lesson and gotten it right with Bobrosky. But they traded him away proving us wrong. They didnt learn their lesson they still had no clue how to handle a goalie. Trading him wasnt even the problem. Bob was a starter and the Flyers didnt have room for him. They just handed out a $51 million contract to Bryz a year earlier and they just couldnt give up on him yet. So it made sense to trade Bob. But not for what they got in return. Anyone with a half a brain could see it he was going to be good. But they gave him away for basically nothing. That was the biggest mistake. Mason could still work out but thats not enough. They should of gotten more.

      So wheres the punch line? Beyond the Bob Mason trade I dont see the big mistakes everyone is pointing out. I see Holmgren making the team younger more talented and cheaper. Whats wrong with that.

  3. pirovash88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Wow.. That was a short run.

  4. bucrightoff - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Holgrem should be unemployed. And if not for coming back from 0-3 down a few years ago he probably would be. What a mess of a team right now.

  5. bucrightoff - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Holmgrem should be unemployed. And if not for coming back from 0-3 down a few years ago he probably would be. What a mess of a team right now.

  6. tbbolts91 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Does that leave Steve Mason as starter? There’s plenty of other goalies on the market, but Philly really needs to bulk up their defense. Holmgren is just a bad GM; they’ve lost too much talent

    • stakex - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      I know everyone wants to dump on Bryz, and make no mistake he hasn’t been very good, but it really is their defense that is bad. I don’t know if any goalie would really cut it in net with their defense in its current state.

      The problem all goes back to Pronger being injured. They built the defense around him as the cornerstone, and after he was hurt then never did anything to replace him.

  7. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    $40 million for two years of “services” – what am I doing wrong?

    • barkar942 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      freneticgarfieldfan- all you have to do to earn that kind of money is to duck really fast when that high hard shot comes towards your head.

  8. Geoff Nichols - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Holmgren should remain employed. … It makes it more fun for the other GMs.

  9. jaredphi - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    This was what I wanted re: Bryz. Happy to hear we’ve parted ways.

    Cap space picture looking much brighter. We should be very active the next couple of weeks.

  10. steelers88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I really don’t agree with the Flyers buying out Bryzgalov. I really don’t see Mason being the number 1 goalie for the Flyers.

    • jaredphi - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Neither do I as I am also wary of Mason.

      But, I’m wondering which GT we’ve already traded for (see my comment below)…..the office kept saying they wouldn’t buy Bryz out without another GT already obtained….

  11. jaredphi - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    This also makes me wonder what pending deal for a GT is about to be announced by the Flyers.

    I kept hearing that Bryz wouldn’t be bought out unless another GT was being brought in (and a deal already worked out with said GT). Hence, I suspect there is already a deal for another GT – wonder who?

    Smith? Emery? Halak?

  12. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    This is great news, IMO. Bryz just never fit in Philly. For someone who seems to love the media spotlight he still managed to crumble under the bright lights. Frankly Idc who they get to replace him, I’m just happy I won’t have that uneasiness in the pit of my stomach that comes from watching Bryz attempt routine saves. On top of being mentally weak, he’s slower than molasses going post to post and has a penchant for soft goals. We’ve all heard a million times it was the defense that caused him to be inept, but I think his two year body of work speaks for itself.

    Time to let Mason battle with another vet for the job. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Flyers brought in Luongo on a short deal (if he’s bought out). Not saying it’s smart, but I get that feeling.

  13. jacketsfan7 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I guess so..

  14. 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Richards and Carter have a Cup in LA, Bobrovsky a Vezina in COLUMBUS, and Philly is making buyouts on two of their two biggest contracts. It WAS always sunny in Philadelphia, until Paul Holmgren was named the GM.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Sorry but that’s in accurate. Holmgren took over after the 06-07 debacle, and was left with a bunch of old, over the hill vets by Bob Clarke. He retooled the entire team that summer and had them back in the ECFs soon after, then the Stanley Cup. You can criticize some recent moves- Bryz, JVR, Bob- but you can’t just ignore the good moves he’s made in his tenure. They are scrambling to rearrange a roster that greatly underachieved, but there’s atleast a promising core in place. This team is not devoid of talent. It’s essentially the same roster that put up 100+pts a year ago.

      I know ripping Holmgren is the popular thing to do, but the Flyers are going to be a playoff team next season. No doubt in my mind. If they fail again, everyone will get their wish of Homer leaving, and ppl will move on to the next whipping boy.

      • 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Alright, fair enough, it was dicey before he came in too. But still – he dealt three players away only to see them more or less immediately start collecting trophies across the NHL, and JVR emerged as a major piece in the Leafs’ return to the playoffs while the Flyers punched early tickets to the gold course.

        I don’t deny that he’s made some good moves – getting Voracek and the pick that became Couturier for Jeff Carter was absolutely excellent. But dealing madly in every offseason doesn’t build a winner. Each of the last five Cup winners built their rosters primarily through patient drafting and development and added pieces here and there to round them out. Paul Holmgren will never build a winner without learning how to do the same.

      • narfmoo12 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Every summer? They got Pronger and went to the Cup finals. The next year they didn’t really make any moves. The following summer they traded Richards and Carter while bringing in Bryz. Last summer they didn’t do anything, and if they were successful in signing Weber, nobody would be saying a word about Homer.

  15. yougotgirouxed - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Good move Paul

  16. ntvd7 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    He should have just shut his mouth and played hockey…

    What a waste of two years

  17. nightfireop - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    i wish flyers made more effort in the bernier sweepstakes. as a “flyers of the west” fan, i wanted to see philly succeed and bernier could have solved the goalie problem there. unfortunately that’s not the case and not i’m not sure how they’ll solve their goalie problem.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I did too, but they didn’t have an NHL-ready backup (Scrivens) to offer. And that’s probably what separated the Leafs offer, since Read is a superior player to Frattin and they could’ve thrown in a 2nd.

  18. sheckyrimshot - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM


  19. jimw81 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    i dont blame bryz hang up the phone on miller.

    • jimw81 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      randy miller has a past when he use to cover the phillies

    • jimw81 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      why would a good goalie or player come to philly after the beatdown the beat writers just did to bryz?

  20. laxman1944 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Good move, he had to go as mentioned above.

    I don’t really care who they bring in. This team is rebuilding and that takes time.

    Draft well and don’t give up your young core.

    At least 2 years away but they’re going to be a handful down the road………

  21. steelers88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    If the Flyers don’t get a guy like a Halak, Smith, or a Lungo then letting Bryzgalov go makes no sense. I just can’t see Mason being a franchise goalie for the Flyers. Bryzgalov wasn’t that good but I think he was a better option at starting goalie than Mason.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      I just think the Flyers to go a year or two without going into major “freakoutwinacupnow” mode.

      Then they could build something, gain more cap flexibility over time, and develop the younger players more.

      Now Homer did just sign Streit… it looks like my comment is just wishful thinking.

      • laxman1944 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Not really Ryan, they did need a d-man that can move the puck.

        And last time I checked blue liners in general are hard to come by.

        If not The Flyers some other club would have paid him the same if not more. It’s what the market bears

  22. dropthepuckeh - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Very basic contract question: If someone else signs him – does he collect from both teams? Obviously he is free to sign with someone else but a new contract doesn’t negate the terms of the buyout right? I’m thinking of alimony where a person stops receiving it if they get remarried;)

    • killerpgh - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      They pay him regardless. Players can “double dip” if bought out.

  23. ryanrockzzz - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    This move is great purely for the “addition by subtraction” when it comes to the team. Bryz did not appear to be well liked by many of the players in the locker room, and news of this probably has multiple players feeling like a huge Russian weight has been lifted off their chests.

    Holmgren should get credit where it is due, and blame where it is due. Obviously, not all of his moves have been good, most namely signing Bryz.

    The Carter/Richards stuff needed to be done. Those guys were not going to win anything here because they were young, cocky, and needed a wake up call. Well, they both got one…and well all know how it worked out. Can’t blame Homer at the time. Stolarz is a good looking goalie prospect and was taken in the Bobvrosky deal with the pic obtained. Looks like a bad move now, but Bob has to re-sign in the NHL/prove last year wasn’t a fluke for the Flyers to lose on that deal long term. Voracek has been a great pick up. Holmegren did lose his mind in that JVR deal last year though….that one sucked.

    • laxman1944 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Totally agree well put my friend…….although I think the JVR/Schenn deal was mutually beneficial.

      JVR started off really hot but like he did in Philly dissapears for long stretches.

      Schenn played well and brought a nice physical presence that was sorely needed.

  24. Troll_toll - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    wish my boss would buy me out, minga

  25. ju8686 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    The Flyers could lose every game 2-1 and one of the two goals would be labeled by the fans and media as “soft” OR they would blame the “bad goal” in the first period for deflating the team …

    • narfmoo12 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Well it’s actually true. Bryz would give up a terrible goal in the 3rd period. He was as unclutch as possible, and never came up with the big saves that you saw throughout the playoffs from the top goalies.

  26. tcclark - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    My day has been made. Now let’s bring in another goalie. I’d love to see Razor Ray back between the pipes. Get it done Homer

  27. buffalomafia - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Ryan Miller to the rescue?????

  28. proudliberal85392 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Well, that didn’t take long.

  29. philly4lyfe - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    and the flyers did buyout bryz, and there was much rejoicing (yayyy)

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Apparently a few of us got that reference.

  30. eagles512 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    The JVR move sucked? I like him but like that deal for the Flyers.

    • jaredphi - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Agree 100%. I much prefer Luke Schenn over JvR.

      JvR = definition of streaky and doesn’t play his size (soft)

  31. sjsharks66 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Why would the flyers sign Emery? He has one of the best defensive teams in the league in front of him. The reason Bryz failed was because poor defense and he was left to help the team win or lose on his own.

    They should only sign Emery if they plan on stacking their defense this off season. If not then Emery will turn out just like Bryz did.

    • narfmoo12 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Bryz failed because he’s terribly slow moving side to side. He also has no ability to play the puck.

    • tcclark - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Ray Emery played well in Ottawa, Ray Emery played well in Philadelphia before he got hurt, Ray Emery played well in Anaheim, and Ray Emery played well in Chicago. Does he always have one of the best defensive teams in the league in front of him?

      • killerpgh - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Emery’s career numbers are 2.63 GAA and .908 save%. Bryzgalov’s number are 2.48/.909 and 2.79/.900 over the past 2 year in Philly. So if you think Emery has played well his whole career then I’m guessing to also think Bryz has played well over the last 2 years.

      • tcclark - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        First of all, 2.63 and 908 is quite a bit better than 2.79 and 900.

        Second of all, Emery’s problem has been consistency. when he is on there aren’t many goalies better than him, and because of that, he’s been successful wherever he’s gone. Unfortunately, he’s also had bad seasons, But the guy has been to the Stanley Cup twice now, he’s started for winning teams, and him paired with Mason would give Philadelphia a great 1-2 punch.

  32. mrpinkca - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Glad to see that these two lockouts have leveled the playing field between the small and large market teams…

  33. colbycal1383 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Thank god!!!!!!!!!

  34. bardown66 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I’ll wager that the bryzly beat will round back into his fom from Phoenix if he is on a stricter system team. He struggled but last year against New Jersey he was the only reason they didn’t get swept that series. He is a solid, not great goalie. He’d do well if he’d go back with Dave Tippett IMO.

  35. steelwarriors55 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    People keep bashing Homer for his debacles but really has anybody here really thought of what it is to work for Ed Snyder? Snyder was the one who wanted Bryzgalov,not Homer

  36. hockeytowninhabitant - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Bryz did not deserve most of the hate. Problem wasn’t all him, mainly that atrocious defense they set out in front of him

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