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Why The Flyers' Trade For Ilya Bryzgalov Is Significant

Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers acquired the rights to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, 31, from the Phoenix Coyotes for a 2012 third-round pick, prospect Matt Clackson and a conditional draft pick.

This is significant for a few reasons:

1.  Philadelphia’s goaltending woes have cost them legitimate chances to win the Stanley Cup over the last 15 years.  There aren’t many teams deeper than the Flyers along the blue line and up front, yet the annual carousel in net constantly holds them back.  If the Flyers can get Bryzgalov signed, they may finally have the franchise netminder that can propel them to the next level.  Signing Bryzgalov won’t be easy, but the Flyers might be the favorite in the Eastern Conference next season if they can lock Bryzgalov up.

2.  Bryzgalov’s contract demands are said to be gigantic, but the Flyers had to know that before they made the deal.  If they’re willing to pony up the $4 million plus to get Bryzgalov, it might spell the end of Jeff Carter and Ville Leino in orange and black.  Carter has been the subject of trade rumors for awhile now and with Claude Giroux and James Van Riemsdyk emerging, Carter is expendable.  He’s got an annual cap hit of $5.27 million through 2022, which is a major financial commitment for any team to undertake, but an offensively desperate team will be interested.  The Flyers probably wouldn’t consider dealing Carter to the Rangers and the Rangers wouldn’t want his contract, however, it had long been assumed that Philadelphia would want to retain Leino.  Leino’s an interesting case, a late bloomer that has really thrived on Philadelphia’s secondary scoring line with Daniel Briere.  He’s a talented young left winger, a position the Blueshirts could be looking to upgrade.  If the Flyers sign Bryzgalov they probably can’t keep Leino and he’ll be an in demand free agent.  Depending on Leino’s contract demands, the Rangers might be interested.

3.  Dallas is interested in trading Brad Richards’ rights and though the Rangers don’t seem to be concerned with acquiring Richards before July 1st, this trade sets the bar for trading for free agent rights this season.  Supposedly Toronto is keen on dealing for Richards early and it appears that Dallas can now expect to get a third-round pick and more for the rights to its coveted center.

Posted by Kevin Baumer | June 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

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