NHL notebook: Flyers will buy out goalie Bryzgalov's contract
By The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
The Flyers will buy out the remainder of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's contract, saving the team nearly $6 million under the salary cap for each of the next seven years.
Bryzgalov was two seasons into a $51 million, nine-year contract he signed in 2011. General manager Paul Holmgren announced the move.
“Obviously it's a costly mistake that we made,” general manager Paul Holmgren said.
“You know Ilya; it's hard to fault him. I still believe he played pretty good, but in a salary-cap world, you need to make decisions from time to time that put you in a better light moving forward and this is one of those.”
Last week, the Flyers exercised the first of their two compliance buyouts on forward Danny Briere. Bryzgalov was 52-33-10 with a 2.61 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in the regular season for Philadelphia, which failed to make the playoffs this year.
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• The Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-clinching win was watched by almost two-thirds more viewers than last year's Game 6. Chicago's 3-2 victory Monday over the Bruins had 8.16 million viewers on NBC, up from 4.93 million for the Kings' clincher over the Devils last year.
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