The Philadelphia Flyers have had a pretty solid team over the past few years.
They’ve managed to keep most of their core players like Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen, and Braydon Coburn. However, one area the organization has never seemed to settle on is goaltending.
This may seem surprising when considering that this is the club that the legendary Ron Hextall and John Vanbiesbrouck used to play for. The phrase “back in the good old days” comes to mind when discussing the Flyers goaltending now.
Because if you ever want to silence Flyer fans, just mention the word goaltending. The organization certainly hasn’t found another player similar to Ron Hextall in recent years. And the team certainly has experimented with quite a few goalies over the years. Some of the goalies that have come and gone include Martin Biron, Antero Nittymaki, Ray Emery and Sergei Bobrovsky.
And these are just a few of the goalies that have been with the Flyers for a short time. And now we can add Ilya Bryzgalov to the list as well. The difference here is that he’s costing the Flyers a lot more.
Yesterday, the Flyer executive decided to buy out the remainder of the contract. This statement means that the organization will have to pay approximately $23 million.
Ilya Bryzgalov was acquired back in 2011, and was given a long term deal by the Flyers. However, in recent years the club has come to regret making such a deal. Over the past three seasons Ilya Brygalov has been far from consistent. In my opinion, he’s been an absolute train wreck for the Flyers. And yesterday even GM Paul Holmgren stated to reporters: “Obviously it’s a costly mistake we made.
“With Ilya, it’s hard to fault him. I still believe he played pretty good, but in a salary cap world you need to make decisions from time to time that put you in a better light moving forward.”
However, I’m happy that the team is moving forward, and attempting to correct their mistake. I just hope that they don’t make the same mistake with newly acquired Steve Mason. I can’t wait to see how Mason is able to perform as the number one goalie for the Flyers next season.
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