It left other goalies in the lurch on whether or not they would be traded or bought out. Ilya Bryzgalov is one of those players wondering what is going to happen to him. USA Today is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers have no plans to buy their 33-year-old goaltender out. I think it would be better for Philadelphia to keep him around at this point.
Bryzgalov obviously wasn’t great this season with a 19-17-3 record and a 2.79 goals against average. The team didn’t make the playoffs, and that’s why the Flyers are considering this move. The question that is burning out there though is whether or not they can find another goaltender that would be better.
I’m not positive that there is at this point. Bryzgalov’s career averages are better than what he produced this season and going back to his norm should be expected.
Philadelphia is making major changes on their roster with their buyout of Danny Briere, and there is really not too much more that the team can do to cut payroll. The team is going to have to face the facts that they have the big Russian on their roster.
He will be better next season in my opinion, and will need to improve in a big way over how he was in the final three months of the regular season for the Flyers to make a playoff run. There are still many decisions ahead for the Flyers and Bryzgalov.