In a move that surprises exactly no one, the Philadelphia Flyers have bought out the contract of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
The 33-year-old Russian just completed the second year of his nine-year, $51M contract that he signed in the summer of 2011 after a stellar run with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bryzgalov has become the embattled netminder in Philly; his inconsistent play and interesting press clippings made it only a matter of time before he and his huge, albatross deal were bought out.
From GM Paul Holmgren:
“I met with Ilya this morning and informed him that we are going to exercise a compliance buyout of his contract. This was a very difficult business decision to make for us and we want to thank Ilya for his time here and wish him all the best moving forward.”
Speculation is that Bryzgalov will head back to his native Russia to play in the KHL.
His days in Philly were always rocky and it was a wonder if he was openly trolling the fans with his comments regarding Philly — it’s ghettos, the fans, and so on.
Let the speculation begin on Roberto Luongo trades to Philadelphia.