Will Ilya Bryzgalov or Daniel Briere become amnesty buyout candidates. Will the Flyers re-sign Simon Gagne?
PHILLY.COM: Sam Donnellon on the choice the Flyers face regarding possible amnesty buyouts for Ilya Bryzgalov and Daniel Briere. Bryzgalov has played well given the defense this season while Briere’s stats are down and he suffered another concussion. However, Briere wants to remain a Flyer and is a respected leader, while Bryzgalov doesn’t seem to care.
Frank Seravalli recently reported Simon Gagne, whom the Flyers reacquired earlier this season from the LA Kings, hopes to return next season. Gagne is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and is coming off a two-year contract with an average cap hit of $3.5 million, but he’s willing to accept less money to remain a Flyer. Seravalli speculates something between $2-$2.5 million range might work for all.
Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Paul Holmgren won’t make any decision on Gagne until after this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rumors in recent weeks claimed Briere was a more likely buyout candidate than Bryzgalov, as Flyers executives seem undecided over buying him out. In my opinion, the Flyers should buy out both and use the savings to rebuild with younger, healthier, more affordable talent. That would mean no re-signing Gagne, who is no longer the offensive threat he once was. That’s not to be cruel, it’s merely the reality of the situation.