Well, after much talk, the Philadelphia Flyers have officially bought out veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov was signed to play through the 2018-2019 season.
Bryzgalov’s contract would have made him $8 million next season, $6 million the following two seasons, $5.5 for the following two seasons, then his pay drops to $2.25 million for a season before bottoming out at $1.25. His cap hit is a hefty $5.6 million. The buy out will pay Bryz two thirds of his remaining contract over twice the time as he has remaining on his contract. With 7 seasons remaining and all of that money left on his contract, Bryzgalov can go home and relax, he’s getting paid $1.6 million for the next 14 years just to not put on the orange sweater. Not a bad gig, huh?
Bryzgalov’s time in Philly was short, he played only two seasons with the Flyers appearing in 99 games. Bryzgalov’s record as a Flyer was 52-33-10. An average goals against average, and a lousy save percentage have led Bryz to where he is now. Sitting at home being paid to watch instead of play. I’m confident that someone will pick him up, but who? Calgary? New York? Maybe Toronto could use another goaltender.