Ilya Bryzgalov

Bryzgalov: I don’t care if Flyers buy me out


Ilya Bryzgalov doesn’t sound overly concerned about his future in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, the Flyers goalie was asked about the possibility of the club using an amnesty buyout on his nine-year, $51 million deal — of which he’s played two seasons and earned $16.5 million in salary.

Here’s what Bryz had to say about a potential buyout, courtesy the South Jersey Courier Post:

“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?”

Bryzgalov was asked if he’d like to be a Flyer next season.

“You know, I have no control in this,” he said. “I can’t read the people’s mind. I can’t project things what they’re thinking, that’s why I’m not worried about things I can’t control.

“I maybe want one thing and they want a different thing.”

Sounds promising!

Clubs have been granted two compliance buyouts over the course of the next two seasons (though they must occur within a certain offseason window), and Bryzgalov is certainly a candidate.

The Flyers have $66 million committed to 20 players already for next season, and need to get to the $64.3 million cap ceiling.

That said, the decision to buy out Bryzgalov won’t be taken lightly by GM Paul Holmgren or owner Ed Snider. According to CapGeek, buying Bryzgalov out would cost $23 million spread over 14 years — that’s a pretty price to pay someone to not play for your team.

Finally, and on a related note, we should mention that a rumor’s making the rounds claiming Bryzgalov fell asleep during a team meeting on Monday.

This may have played a part in Steve Mason getting the starting nod for Philly’s all-important game against the Isles (which they lost, 4-1), though CSN Philadelphia’s CSN Sarah Baicker reports most expected Mason to get the start regardless of Bryzgalov’s (alleged) napping habits.

Update: Here’s Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer about the Bryzgalov sleeping rumor…

Kassian suspended without pay, placed in Stage 2 of Substance Abuse Program

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Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.

The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.

According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”

Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:

The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.

In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two:

Add Lecavalier to list of expensive Flyers healthy scratches

Vincent Lecavalier

Are the Philadelphia Flyers aiming for some sort of record when it comes to expensive (potential) healthy scratches?

While lineups are obviously subject to change, notes that Vincent Lecavalier appears to be among a rather rich group of Flyers who are expected to sit during their season-opener.

Also likely to be in street clothes: Sam Gagner and Luke Schenn.

That’s $11.3 million in cap space rotting on the bench.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Lecavalier said. “I’ll practice hard and be ready when they call me up.”

The quotes from Lecavalier, Gagner and Schenn only get sadder from there, a reminder that there are human beings attached to these numbers – whether you focus on disappointing stats or bloated salaries.

Flyers fans with the urge to reach for an Alka-Setzler can at least take some comfort in knowing that the team will see $6.8 million in savings after this season, as both Gagner and Schenn are on expiring deals.

It could be a long season, though, and this Lecavalier headache may not truly end until his contract expires following the 2017-18 campaign.