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June 18, 2013 | 10:28pm ET
Bryzgalov's future still on the bubble
TheFourthPeriod.com

Ilya Brygalov's future with the Philadelphia Flyers remains up in the air after comments made by both parties left everyone scratching their heads.

Earlier today, Bryzgalov's agent Ritch Winter told several reporters, including Josh Rimer, Frank Seravalli and John Shannon, that his client won't be bought out this summer.

The Flyers are also using one compliance buyout on veteran center Danny Briere, and sources told TFP last week that the club was set on buying out Bryzgalov, as well.

TFP was the first to report, on May 23, the Flyers were buying out Briere.

Briere, 35, has an annual salary cap hit of $6.5 million for the remaining two years of his contract, but is owed only $5 million in actual salary -- $3 million next season and $2 million in 2014-15.

Bryzgalov is also believed to be on the chopping block, but Winter's comments threw everyone for a loop. Apparently, it also threw Flyers GM Paul Holmgren for a loop, as well.

"I didn't assure Ritch Winter of anything," Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com Tuesday evening. "When the time comes to do our business we will do whatever is best for our hockey team."

When contact by TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta shortly after Holmgren's comments, Winter reiterating his position.

"He only said that my comments were fair based on our earlier conversations," Winter explained, via email.

According to two hockey operations members of two separate Eastern Conference teams, they fully expect Bryzgalov to be bought out.

The Flyers could wait until next summer to buy out Bryzgalov, however, Holmgren is still in trade talks with the Los Angeles Kings about young netminder Jonathan Bernier.

Bernier has been on Philadelphia's radar for some time. The Flyers and Kings first spoke prior to the trade deadline about a deal involving Bernier and Flyers right wing Matt Read as the centerpieces.

According to a source close to trade discussions, the two teams spoke again after the season and again this month. Trade talks are believed to be ongoing.

Meanwhile, Claude Giroux's agent, Pat Brisson, told TFP the two sides are in contract talks this week.

It's a new contract extension could be ironed out in the coming days, but a deal cannot be made official until July 5.


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