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Holmgren: Bryzgalov’s gone

Bad news travels quickly around these parts. Jumping the gun by roughly 36 hours, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has decided to rid himself of the Cosmonaut once and for all: “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.” This announcement comes less than a week since Holmgren lifted the veil on Danny Briere’s precarious contract situation with …

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Holmgren: Briere’s gone

The inevitable has been confirmed. Danny Briere’s tenure with the Flyers will come to an end once the Stanley Cup Finals are over. A statement released by GM Paul Holmgren this afternoon is as follows: “I met with Danny last week and informed him of our decision to use a compliance buy out on his contract. This was a very difficult decision for us to make as Danny has been a very good player for us over the past six years. Danny came to our organization as a free agent in July of 2007 and has been a tremendous player, …

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Could the Flyers be targeting Bernier?

As the Flyers are now nearly eight million dollars over the salary cap, it is likely that buyouts are looming. Should the rumors of the Ilya Bryzgalov buyout be truthful, the question is: who will take over the vacant Goaltender position? In the past few days, a name that keeps resurfacing is that of current Los Angeles Kings backup Goaltender Jonathan Bernier.  Stuck behind the all-star brick wall known as Jonathan Quick, Bernier has had limited time to showcase his skills between the pipes. As he is set to become a restricted free agent, Bernier would no doubt like to …

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2013 Year in Review: Bruno Gervais

At the start of a season all players, from pee-wee all the way up to the pros, are looking to improve themselves.  Becoming better than the year before is essential for success, especially in the National Hockey League, where each and every offseason every team is adding new talent, working out harder and training to make themselves better. In the case of Bruno Gervais, he did the exact opposite. I’m not quite sure what Paul Holmgren thought he was going to get when he signed the 28-year old defenseman who wasn’t good enough to be kept around by either the …

2013 Year In Review: Simon Gagne

Thanks to a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, Simon Gagne returned to the Flyers on February 26 in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick. With him come raised expectations for a Flyers season. The team had fallen into an early season funk, and the return of Gagne – who had been a repeated healthy scratch for the Kings – was to provide a veteran boost both on the ice and in the locker room. Gagne’s return engagement with the Flyers was like that of a movie script. He arrived just in time to suit up, received a standing ovation …