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Snider fully supports Holmgren’s decision to buy out Bryzgalov

Jun 27, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov AP

What role Flyers owner Ed Snider played in the decision to sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to nine-year, $51 million deal in the first place is open to debate. However, it was Flyers GM Paul Holmgren’s decision to buy out Bryzgalov — and he’s backing that call.

“I fully support Paul Holmgren in his decision to use our final compliance buyout for Ilya Bryzgalov,” Snider said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “It was a very difficult decision from a financial standpoint, but if Bryz remained a Flyer, the dollars would be far greater in a shorter timeframe.

“We now have cap space, which allows us to improve our team. In the meantime, Bryz can try to find a situation where he can achieve true happiness.”

Holmgren said he explained his reasoning to Snider and the conversation went “okay.”

As seems to often be the case with Bryzgalov, this situation has been a dramatic one. Bryzgalov initially congratulated the media following his buyout, according to Courier-Post writer Randy Miller

He later issued a statement thanking Snider and those who supported him “through some very dark days and difficult situations.”

After that, his agent, Ritch Winter slammed the Flyers’ defensive system.


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  1. jpelle82 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    considering it’s only 33% of sniders money they’re playing with anyway why wouldnt he support it? its nickels and dimes to him. its a win win for everyone, philly fans should be happy, bryz should be happy, and snider is happy as long as you keep paying your cable bill.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      i don’t think there’s many people that like giving away that many millions of dollars. sure, he’s got a lot of money, but that’s a lot to give away for nothing. just sayin’.

    • laxman1944 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      That’s Mr. Snider……….Sir

  2. nach0mancandysandwich - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    dear Mother Earth:

    do us all a favor and swallow Philly down into your core and never let its vacant hole be filled.

    the rest of the world

    • yougotgirouxed - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      This guy never has been here

      • nach0mancandysandwich - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM


      • ibieiniid - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        This guy also can’t read.

      • nach0mancandysandwich - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        im sorry…your sentence didnt make much sense. i think youre saying that ive never been to your city. but you didnt include enough information to make your sentence clear. in the future when you address me, please use a real sentence. i have been to philly. i only live about an hour away. it sucks. if you look at 99% of my posts on here, it usually revolves around philly hate. mainly because philly fans will give me my desired reaction which is, showing that they are knuckle draggers.

      • 19to77 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Showing you have a weird and unsettling obsession with insulting the city of Philadelphia on the Internet, you mean? Seriously, dude, that says more about you than Philly residents or Flyers fans. You’d do well to consider some better hobbies.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        lol knuckle draggers.

        me and girouxed’s responses to you were a combined 11 words. what you got? an 11th grade English paper essay there?

        go back to mommy’s basement where your Sidekick 2’s reception cuts out.

    • laxman1944 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      I like your name….pretty funny

      • ibieiniid - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        except it contains “man candy”

    • dku5 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      If it bothers you so much, go away. Far away. No one will miss you, adn the world will be a much much better place without a sullen sorry little person who can’t add anything to a blog but poor uncalled for attmepts to insult a group of people who don’t care about you.

      • nach0mancandysandwich - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM


  3. jaredphi - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    My cable bill with Comcast is over $100 now and all it is for is television. Every year, they raise the damn rates.

    I have the Encore channels and Basic, Expanded Service and the Preferred Digital tier.

    I have NO premiums and NO sports packages.

    I am getting ready to call Verizon and ask about their deals….might switch if their equivalent package (and Center Ice since I don’t think FIOS has Comcast SportsNet) is less than Comcast’s….

    barring that, I’m chopping the Digital Tier out….and hopefully then the bill will drop below $100.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      call them and hard ball the s*** out of them. make sure verizon is avail in your area though because comcast knows and they know what verizon offer as well. they will give you an offer comparable to what verizon has if you know what you’re talking about. you might have to sign a new agreement though, if you do make sure you get a rate gaurantee so it doesnt double in year 2. its worth the research and time on the phone, i threaten to cancel every 2 years when they try to jack me up. most recently i actually cancelled because one of their own doorknocking salesmen offered me a heckuva deal if i cancelled and signed back up under him. i had to be without cable for 3 days and turn in my old boxes but i ended up getting everything for 110 a month instead of 180 i was paying. i kept phone, internet, digital preferred, hbo, sports packages, dvr, 2 digital boxes, everything for 70 bucks less and i got a price lock for 2 years. do it, well worth it, punish the crap out of then and when you call be an a-hole to whoever answers first then nice when they get their manager – works every time.

    • jimw81 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      i got fios in philly area. they got the channels you need for flyers hockey and they got nhl center ice in hd

      • jimw81 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        comcast doesnt offer content on tv side except the good service for their internet and on demand service. the myth against fios is overrate.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    “It had to be done,” Snider told the Daily News, just after arriving here for tonight’s NHL Awards show at The Palms Casino and Resort. “I was part of making it happen. It was hard to sit there and watch the Stanley Cup final, knowing what [Tim] Thomas was doing for Boston.”
    – Ed Snider, June 2011

    “First of all, I didn’t pick Bryz. That’s not my job.

    The point is that I don’t get involved. I don’t ever say, ‘I’m signing this player.’ I don’t know enough about the players. We have scouts. We have Paul Holmgren. We have all the people that work for Paul that make these decisions.”
    – Ed Snider, June 2013

  5. moarjam - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    hmmm… bad signings, bad trades, bad drafting. How long can you support someone doing their job poorly?

    • jpelle82 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      when you’re 80 yrs old, on your 4th wife who’s half your age, rolling in billions, who cares anymore right? f*** it. he’s senile.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Bad drafting? Compared to whom? Giroux at 22, Sbisa at 16ish, couturier at 8, Laughton is undecided, Nodl in e second. It’s not like they’re drafting poorly.

  6. stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I’m sure the owner was informed of such a move and had to clear it before it was made. This wasn’t no $3-5 million buyout…. it was the biggest buyout in NHL history, at least when it was announced (lets see what the next week brings). When you pay that kind of money to a player just to fire him, I doubt the GM is allowed to do it all by himself.

    • 19to77 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Vinny Lecavalier’s just top it?

  7. malkinrulez - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    These buyouts are a joke. Those who made these horrible deals should be stuck with them.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      i agree. i respect the guarantee for these guys. they work hard to get where they are and the system should keep gm’s honest. as a whole it should keep the buying price down on guys but when you have gm’s like holmgren doing stupid crap then the gm and the organization should be held responsible. thats why they only get 2 buyouts in the whole cba term, there had to be a concession but it shouldnt be a prevalent tool to use. look at the nfl, guys can be cut for no real reason and lose the contract and money. if an nfl team cant or just doesnt want to pay their player he can be cut for a younger cheaper guy even if he made the pro bowl and contributes. these buyouts are for major failures in management. i can understand a new gm coming in and buying out a previous gm’s mistake but when you are voiding your own deals, its a sign of poor job performance.

      • dku5 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        The teams have unlimited buyouts; they only have 2 amnesty buyouts.
        Many GMs are exercising the buyouts, and some of the contracts that are bought out were signed befoer they were the GM of that team/player.
        The stringent rules on the buyout process keeps GMs “honest.” How do you define honest and how do you feel that buyouts are not honest?
        Bryz was offered a deal to perform well and he accepted the offer with a huge paycheck. He did not perform well according to the Flyers, so he was bought out.
        Lecaviliar was offered a deal to perform well and he accepted for a huge paycheck,also. He did perfrom well according to TB, but the conditions surrounding the contact changed (salar cap). This was beyond the control of either the GM or the player. How can the GM be held responsible.

        This is not a failure in management, it is simply part of management in any industry. Employees may have to be dismissed with changes in the workforce, the economey, and/or performance.

        As for being “stuck with them,” the contracts were offered with the buyout clause attached, and they are “stuck with them.” The players are still being paid 2/3 of the remaining salary as their contact stipulates.

  8. flydommo - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    The main reason for the buyout on Bryz is not his mediocre performance, but the fact that his contract was pure insanity under the rules of the new CBA. Snider pressured Homer into making a deal with Bryz and it’s great that the Flyers’ chairman indirectly accepts his responsibility for this Situation, which makes Homer look like a bigger fool than he really is…

    • dku5 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      I think the Lackluster peformance had a little impact on the decision, though. I think the lackluster performance is why Mason was brought to Philly. I think had intentions of keeping Bryz for a while (not the ful 9 years) but they needed cap space and they realized he was not the answer they were looking for.

  9. ray2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I thought PHT was a professionally run site. Major typo in the title, it should have read, “Holmgren fully supports Snider’s decision to buy out Bryzgalov”.

  10. steelcity412 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Philly is a joke and quite a funny one . From the flyers management to the city who has a statue of a fake boxer and claims to have the best cheesesteaks which is laughable , to the very intelligent fans ( sarcasm ) hate Philly from top to bottom you couldn’t pay be to breathe the same air as those people

    • dku5 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      You relate better to Mr Rogers?

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      That flyers management that has the second highest winning percentage in the history of the NHL is awful? I guess compared to a management team in Pittsburgh that’s earned 13 top 5 picks in the first 39 years and led the team to multiple bankruptcies, one with in 5 years of winning a Stanley cup, is much better. Of course, that bankruptcy is more of an indictment of their “fans” than the management, I suppose.

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