June 23, 2011
On Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia, it was business as usual for Flyers fans. They were awaiting whether or not GM Paul Holmgren would finally get Ilya Bryzgalov's(notes) signature on a deal to finally solidify their goaltending, and were eager to see how Friday night's NHL entry draft would play out.
In the span of about two hours -- to paraphrase the great Bob Cole from CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" -- everything was happening.
Per TSN's Bob McKenzie, Bryzgalov will make $10 million next season and things decline from there with the final two years of the deal at $2.25 million and $1.25 million.
Here's GM Paul Holmgren on the Bryzgalov's contract:
According to CapGeek, after Thursday's roster makeover, the Flyers have $7.57 million in cap space (after Thursday's official announcement of the ceiling and floor numbers) to spend with 18 players currently under contract and new deals needed for RFAs Wayne Simmonds(notes) and Jakub Voracek(notes).
In the meantime, the Flyers have their man in net and the goaltending excuses can be no more. Bryzgalov's a quality goalie, but if he couldn't deliver in the playoffs playing in Phoenix, will he be able to handle the scrutiny that comes with playing in a city like Philadelphia? The expectations are already in place.