The good news was that the Flyers finally traded for a goalie after trying to make significant headway in the playoffs with a group of guys that are either backups, shouldn’t be in the league or too young to be shouldering that much of a load. The bad news is that Ilya Bryzgalov is a free agent in about two weeks and isn’t necessarily the answer anyway.
But anyway, Bryzgalov and his agent are flying into Philly Wednesday night, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer. They will meet with GM Paul Holmgren, Peter Laviolette, goalie coach Jeff Reese and others on Thursday for the first time.
One might think that this will give the Flyers their first glimpse as to Bryzgalov’s signability, but I hope that’s not the case. While they didn’t trade much for him (Matt Clackson, 2012 third-round pick and conditional pick if he signs with Philly), I’d like to think they had an idea of what he was going to ask for before they pulled the trigger.
I’m still undecided on this one. I’ve seen reports that he is going to want $7-$8 million per year. I’d have to walk away from that. Not only is that too much for a decent goalie, look how it’s working out for the Canucks with their $64 million “stud” Roberto Luongo, who has been thoroughly awful in every single away game in Boston. You’d like to think that keepers of that caliber wouldn’t get yanked repeatedly in the Stanley Cup. So if it can happen with Luongo, who everyone always agreed was elite, then…yeah, I’m going to be hesitant to hand out that kind of dough to someone who doesn’t have Luongo’s pedigree.
Now, if Bryzgalov is looking more in the ballpark of the $27 million over five years that Carchidi suggests, I think I’m okay with that. It still might be a little high, but the Flyers are dreadful at the position and there aren’t a ton of other options out there.
If/when they do sign Bryzgalov, someone has got to go. Jeff Carter? Mike Richards? Matt Carle? Who would you send packing if they sign Bryzgalov?