Bryzgalov's agent discusses his client's future

Bryzgalov's agent discusses his client's future

June 23, 2013, 12:15 am
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The Flyers are shaping up to have a busy summer and one of the biggest questions the team faces is what they will do with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Will the Flyers hand Bryzgalov a compliance buyout once the period for such begins 48 hours after the completion of the Stanley Cup Final or will he return as the club's starting netminder next season?

Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, said earlier this week that he was told his client would not be bought out, according to hockey reporter Josh Rimer.

Now, Winter tells Sportsnet 960 in Calgary that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren will give him a heads up if something is going down.

“Paul has also been candid enough to say, ‘Never say never. I don’t know what I’m going to be offered at some point, so I’m not going to guarantee you anything, except that I will give you plenty of warning if I do so,’” Winter told Sportsnet radio. Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio reported earlier this week that there has been an on-going debate within the Flyers on what they should do with the Russian goalie but no decision has been made.

However, if the Flyers decide to keep him, Winter said his client is up for the challenge:

“At the end of the day, he would rather look face-first into that storm and face the challenge and make the changes necessary for the goaltending to be part of the success Philadelphia has, rather than run away from it. Ilya Bryzgalov is a lot of things, but he’s not afraid of a challenge.”

The Flyers have already made a splash this offseason. The team acquired and signed defenseman Mark Streit and informed veteran Danny Briere that he will be bought out.

With the Stanley Cup Final coming to a close and the NHL draft rapidly approaching, the craziness has already begun.