The Flyers already have decided to use one of their upcoming compliance buyouts on Danny Briere, as has been speculated for months. But they are less certain about using their second buyout on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who would be due $23 million over the next 14 years to not play for the team. Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, told the Daily News Tuesday night he spoke with Paul Holmgren as recently as Monday to check on the status of his client. Winter contacted Holmgren based on various reports, especially from TSN in Canada, that Bryzgalov would be bought out. Winter said Holmgren reassured him that Bryzgalov was one of the Flyers' "best players" and that he was "not the problem" and would remain a Flyer next season. It should be noted that Jeff Carter's agent, Philadelphia-based Rick Curran, alleged that Holmgren assured his camp in 2011 that Carter would not be traded about a week before he was dealt. "I wanted to check one more time with Paul based on the various reports," Winter said. "He's told me the same thing every time I've talked to him. I've worked with Paul a long time. Until he gives me a reason to think otherwise, I trust what he is telling me." That could all change in an instant if Holmgren finds a deal he likes. Holmgren clearly is making sure all of his angles are covered. According to a team source, the Flyers have been involved in trade talks with Los Angeles for goaltender Jonathan Bernier for more than a week, and they're among a group of finalists in the running for his services. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has gathered offers from as many as 12 teams, according to the source, but the field has been whittled down to approximately seven contenders. Rogers Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported on Monday that Toronto is also considered one of the front-runners. It is believed the Kings would like to move Bernier, one of the summer's hottest names, before June 30's draft in New Jersey.
Agent: Flyers say Bryzgalov is staying
Philly.com | Jun 19