Oh Paul Holmgren. Never change.
Rumors have been circulating around the Flyers this past week over player buyouts. Starting the ball rolling was the signing of former New York Islander captain Mark Streit to a 4 year, 21 million dollar contract. TSN first confirmed the signing leaving people to wonder what will come of the salary cap.
Enter stage left: Danny Briere.
35 year old Daniel Briere as indeed been told by management that he will be bought out as early as 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Finals have ended. Confirmed by ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun, Briere was on the downhill anyways. He never materialized into the power offensive forward he was once toted at. It will be good to get his 6.5 million off the books.
Enter from humongous big universe: Ilya Bryzgalov.
I was rooting for Bryz. I really was. I really wanted him to turn into something spectacular. His lovable demeanor off the ice made everyone root for him I think. But once again, poor Bryzgalov never panned out as Philadelphia’s hot goaltender. There have been rumors of whether or not he will be bought out, but it really is inevitable.
As a long time Flyers fan, I’m patiently waiting for the next Ron Hextall. I think I might be waiting awhile.