Ilya Bryzgalov

Bye-bye Bryzgalov: Flyers will use compliance buyout


The Philadelphia Flyers are parting ways with Ilya Bryzgalov.

After just two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, Bryzgalov has been informed the Flyers will use a compliance buyout on his contract.

The club made the news official on Tuesday with a statement from GM Paul Holmgren:

“I met with Ilya this morning and informed him that we are going to exercise a compliance buy out of his contract.

“This was a very difficult business decision to make for us and we want to thank Ilya for his time here and wish him all the best moving forward.”

Bryzgalov signed a nine-year, $51 million deal with the Flyers in 2011.

Buying him out will save Philly $5.66 million in cap space for the next seven seasons, but the club also has to pay him $23 million over the next 14 years  — two-thirds of the remaining $34.5 million on Bryzgalov’s contract, over twice the remaining years.

So yeah, the Flyers will be paying him through 2027.

With the move, Philadelphia has also used up all its compliance buyouts. The club has already announced it’ll be buying out the deal of forward Daniel Briere.

The move to get rid of Bryzgalov isn’t surprising, though it will raise some eyebrows given what Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, said last week.

“Paul Holmgren told me they have no current plans to buy out Ilya Bryzgalov,” Winter explained.

“I’ve had numerous conversations with Paul Holmgren and he’s told me Ilya Bryzgalov is not the problem, he was not the problem last year and he was one of their top three players.”

In case you’re wondering how Bryzgalov is taking the news…

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.

Stars to scratch Nichushkin after rough outing versus Avs?

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Looks as though slumping Dallas winger Valeri Nichushkin could be a healthy scratch tonight when the Stars host the Oilers at American Airlines.

Per the Morning-News, Nichushkin — who barely played in the second and third periods of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Colorado — is likely to be replaced by Colton Sceviour in the lineup.

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff was fuming after the Avs defeat, calling it “embarrassing, worse than disappointing.” It didn’t take a genius to realize one of the players in his doghouse was Nichushkin, who had just 2:02 of ice time in the second period and 3:24 in the third.

Yesterday, Ruff dropped Nichushkin to the fourth line in practice.

“I’ve been trying to help him by shifting him around,” the head coach explained. “He had some struggles early in camp on right wing, so I put him on left, and he doesn’t seem real comfortable at left right now.

“His game, everything has got to get a little bit quicker.”

The 10th overall pick in 2013, Nichushkin has struggled to build on the form shown in his rookie campaign, when he scored 14 goals and 34 points in 79 contests.

He missed nearly all of last season with a linger hip ailment and has been a virtual non-factor through the first two games this year.