Ilya Bryzgalov addresses his future with the Flyers, Tyler Bozak’s in line for a raise, and the Canucks cap crunch could make Mason Raymond the odd man out.
COURIER-POST: Randy Miller reports Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t concerned over speculation he could be a candidate for an amnesty buyout this summer. “To be honest, I don’t care,” he said. “Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov may genuinely believe it’s pointless to worry about something he has no control over, but his comments will be construed as flippant and indifferent, prompting his critics to claim he’s got a poor attitude or is too lackadaisical toward his role. Given the Flyers coming cap crunch and their recent acquisition of Steve Mason, Bryzgalov does appear a likely candidate for an amnesty buyout.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan believes Tyler Bozak’s play this season puts him in line for a “large raise” this summer, either from the Maple Leafs or another club via unrestricted free agency. Koshan bets Bozak re-signs with the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bozak’s current cap hit to the Leafs is $1.5 million. I expect he’ll try to double his average annual salary. The Leafs currently have just over $45.1 million invested in 12 players, but should be able to dump $4.5 million of that with an amnesty buyout of Mike Komisarek. They must also re-sign Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, Cody Franson and others, so it’ll be interesting to see just how much the Leafs are willing to offer and how much he’s willing to accept.
VANCOUVER SUN: Brad Ziemer last week reported winger Mason Raymond could become a salary cap casualty as the Canucks face a cap crunch next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks want to keep Raymond, but he’s coming off a $2.75 million salary for this season and will seek a raise. They must also either re-sign or replace Maxime Lapierre, Derek Roy and Chris Tanev. They could get some valuable cap relief by trading away Roberto Luongo, but interested parties will either demand they take back some salary in return, or absorb part of his contract. Buying out the remainder of Luongo’s contract via amnesty buyout would help, but management hopes to trade him for a decent return. They could end up losing Raymond to free agency.