Summer Bryz in Ilyadelphia
When the 2010-2011 season ended for the Flyers in the second round of the playoffs, Ed Snider was asked about the goalie situation.
After seeing the goalie-go-round in this years playoffs the long time owner of the Flyers stated on camera that what was seen in these playoffs in the Flyers net will never happen again. That is a lot of pressure to put on your general manager, but on June 7th Paul Holmgren obliged the owner by obtaining the rights to unrestricted free agent Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Flyers sent Phantoms forward Matt Clackson, a third round pick in 2012 and a future 3rd round draft pick if Bryzgalov signed with the Flyers. Paul Holmgren would have to be creative to get this franchise the number one goalie the fans have been waiting for since Ron Hextall's first stint with the Flyers.
Last week the Flyers responded in blitzkrieg fashion by sending Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets, then thirty minutes later they moved their Captain Mike Richards to the LA Kings. Trade Info here.
Those moves would be enough for Paul Holmgren to ink the 31 year old Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9 year 51 million dollar contract.
Ilya Bryzgalov was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2000 draft, 44th overall. He would spend most of his first four seasons with Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, the Ducks AHL franchise, while being stuck behind Martin Gerber and Giguere.
Bryzgalov would see regular time in the 2005-2006 season as Gerber departed and Giguere would spend some time on the injured list. He went 13-12-1 that season with a 2.55 GAA and a .910 SV%.
He also was needed in the playoffs that season as he appeared in four games in the first round against Calgary. He shut out the Flames in game seven and started the next series against the Avalanche with two shutouts, giving him three in a row, which tied a playoff record set by Frank MCcool in 1945.
Bryzgalov would enter the 2007 season as Giguere's backup and would once again step up in the playoffs as Giguere went on personal leave. Bryz would be relagated to the bench once again as the Ducks beat the Senators in five games to win the Stanley Cup.
The following season the Ducks signed Giguere to a four year contract and acquired Jonas Hiller from Switzerland. The Ducks tried to trade Bryzgalov but were unsuccessful so they tried to sneak him through waivers, which did not work as Phoenix snatched him up the next day.
On that day he would start for Phoenix and pick up a 1-0 shutout against the LA Kings. He carried that team for the three plus years he played there, but struggled against Detroit in the 2010-2011 playoffs. He compiled a 4.36 GAA as the Phoenix Coyotes were swept out of the first round.