"We are continuing to try and reach an agreement with Ilya, but it is safe to say that we are not close to achieving this.”
So put the party on hold for the time being. Nobody doubts a deal will get reached, but the Flyers say it hasn't happened yet. When it does, the numbers that continue to be thrown out are in the $7 million per year range, which we met with a bit of an Excuse Me?!? in the Morning Skate today.
If that ends up being the number, Philly can't announce a deal yet anyway. They have to first be able to squeeze him in under the salary cap, which just jumped to $64 million. Perhaps that's the source of denials, Holmgren is busy number-crunching and seeing how much of the rest of his roster he wants to sacrifice to ink Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov's rights were acquired by the Flyers earlier this month for a third-round pick, Matt Clackson and future considerations. The Flyers wouldn't have given that up if they didn't fully expect to keep Bryzgalov in town.
Last season for the Coyotes, Bryzgalov was 36-20-10 with a 2.48 GAA and .921 save percentage. In the playoffs, he and the Coyotes struggled to the tune of a sweeping exit to Detroit in the first round.
-- Brian Stubits