Flyers to buy out Ilya Bryzgalov

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:54 PM ET

Ilya Bryzgalov is following Danny Briere out the door in Philadelphia.

The Flyers will use their second compliance buyout on the enigmatic goaltender that will save the franchise $5.667 million on the salary cap for each of the next seven seasons. The buyout window begins 48 hours following the Stanley Cup final, which would be 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

"I met with Ilya (Tuesday) morning and informed him that we are going to exercise a compliance buyout of his contract," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "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."

The Flyers signed Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51-million contract prior to the start of the 2011-12 season. The buyout will see him paid $23 million over the next 14 years.

In 99 games with the Flyers, Bryzgalov went 52-33-10 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in the regular season. He struggled in the playoffs, going 5-6 with a 3.46 GAA and an .887 save percentage.

The Flyers will save about $12.17 million against the cap over the next two seasons combined with the Briere buyout.


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