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Panthers invited Bryzgalov, Theodore to camp along with Thomas

Sep 11, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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If nothing else, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is doing his due diligence when it comes to trying to improve his team’s goaltending. Word surfaced Wednesday that Tim Thomas isn’t the only noteworthy goalie who has been offered a professional tryout; the franchise has had conversations with Ilya Bryzgalov and Jose Theodore too, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Here are some more interesting tidbits on the process, via the Sun-Sentinel:

Reports say that Theodore turned down the PTO, and instead wants a contract. TSN and ESPN reported that Thomas wants to be assured of the starting job, and Tallon is saying he wouldn’t want a goalie who didn’t want to be the starter but he’s not giving out guarantees. Expected starter Jacob Markstrom said he wants and expects to be the starter but will work hard to earn it. He can’t comment on the veteran goalies because he can’t control that.

It’s worth noting that Markstrom’s contract goes from two-way in 2013-14 to one-way in 2014-15, so Florida has some excellent flexibility if management decides to demote him in favor of a more experienced goalie.

However this all shakes out, few teams have entertained as much as the Panthers have this preseason.

More on the Panthers preseason

Report: Thomas handed tryout offer

Poll: where should Thomas land?

Brad Boyes gets a shot, too

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    OK… I’m laughing just thinking about Bryzgalov in a Panthers jersey.

  2. 950003cups - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM


    One had a reputation that earned him the name Jose Three-or-more.

    One has a reputation that got him run out of town in Philly.

    One is a Stanley Cup winner.

    • hojophobic - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Actually two of them are Stanley Cup winners: Thomas (Boston, 2011) and Bryzgalov (Anaheim, 2007).

      • 950003cups - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        Actually, Bryzgalov started R1 for the first 4 games. He won G1, G2, and G3. Got pulled in G4 and never saw the ice again in the rest of the playoffs. Reason he started was Giguere just had a baby just before Game 1, so they started Bryzgalov and waited for his first loss to yank him until further notice. The reason he won 3 of his first 4 was that he was facing Backstrom, the guy who faked an injury this year so he didn’t have to fail and ruin his FA contract the day of his first playoff game.

        The team who really should sign Bryzgalov is Minnesota. He’d probably do very well. Just keep him away from all the bears in that state.

    • DonkeyStick - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Advice 900003cups…..when you make a stupid comment such as saying “one is a Stanley Cup winner” and you’re called out on it………DON’T comment again attempting to justify your STUPID comment….Just let it go.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    In place that has no pressure to play well, Bryz may actually be their best option. The question is: will he want to try out? I can’t imagine him making anywhere close to what he made here in Philly AAV-wise.

  4. swenny19 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Are you kidding me? Backstrom faked an injury. That whole comment is completely stupid I can’t even believe you really think that we would sign bryz and he faked an injury. Backstrom is a tough tendy and he has done everything the wild has asked of him. Besides, we have 3 good goalies and no cap space…where’s the logic 73885cups?

  5. canucks30 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    All 3 are old and washed up.

    However, 2 of the 3 will provide interesting sound bites and perhaps bring more media attention to a franchise sorely lacking it.

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Thomas seems to feel entitled to whatever he wants, and oblivious to his declining value- so I wouldn’t think he’d be open to play in FLA. Bryz is intriguing, as I’m not totally buying him as a total washup just yet. Theodore should build a time machine, and live in 1999 forever.

  7. President Charles Logan - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Dont get lost in the woods down in FLA Bryz …them Gators and Cottonmouths will feast on you !

  8. mclovinhockey - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Bryz still had numbers just as good as most elites last year on a team who had huge D issues (1 of their top 10 D remained by the end of the season due to injuries), a team who does not play D cause of their offence first system… Still, he did similar to goalies like Marty and quick for sv%, ward and miller for GAA…. And this is while he had to start 20+ games in a row because his team did not have a back up goalie and he clearly got fatigue…… Put him on a team who focuses on D and has a decent back up and you got yourself a pretty good goalie.

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