Philadelphia Flyers: The Latest On The Ilya Bryzgalov Situation
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By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)
The NHL off-season hasn’t officially begun, but don’t tell the Philadelphia Flyers that.
Rumors were rampantly swirling today regarding what Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has in store for his team this summer. From buying out Daniel Briere to a potential trade for Anaheim Ducks star Bobby Ryan, we heard it all.
But the biggest news of the day was when word came out that Holmgren told Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritchie Winter, that Bryzgalov will not be bought out. All along the notion was that the Flyers would use one of their two amnesty clauses on Bryzgalov. It was confirmed from the God of hockey news, Bob McKenzie, himself. Twice.
After the report from Josh Rimer claiming Bryzgalov wouldn’t be amnesty’d came out, I contacted Bryzgalov’s agent to confirm that it was true. Winter confirmed.
So that was that. All the drama had come to an end. Bryzgalov would be back in the Orange and Black and starting in goal for the Flyers when the regular season opens up in October. Or so we thought.
After Holmgren got wind of the report claiming he wouldn’t buy out Bryzgalov, he had this to say to long-time Flyers beat writer, Tim Panaccio: “I didn’t assure Ritch Winter of anything. When the time comes to do our business we will do whatever is best for our hockey team.”
To me it looks like Holmgren wants it known that Bryzgalov remaining a Flyer is anything but a sure thing.
Shortly thereafter, I reached out to Winter again and let him know about Holmgren’s comments denying assurance Bryzgalov would be back in Philadelphia.
Winter stuck by his claim that Holmgren said Bryzgalov would not be bought out.
“(Holmgren) called me a few minutes ago and confirmed what I have said (regarding Bryzgalov),” Winter said. He went on to say that Holmgren told him “not buying Ilya out was fair.”
“It’s what he (Holmgren) has told me all along,” said Winter.
After all that has been said, Winter left a little bit of doubt in the air.
“(What I said) is all I know, but are there ever any assurances in life?”
Not in Philadelphia.
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