March 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) guards the net against Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers Will Not Buyout Bryzgalov, Cross Canucks Goaltender Luongo Off

The Philadelphia Flyers will not be buying out goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, which means Philadelphia can be crossed off as one of the possible destinations for Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Earlier this month, TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie thought it was likely the Flyers would use one of their two compliance buyouts on Bryzgalov. Hockey reporter Josh Rimer reports a buyout won’t be happening. Bryzgalov’s agent, Rich Winter, tells Rimer he was informed by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren that his client wouldn’t be bought out.

Rimer adds the Flyers felt his struggles this past season stemmed from being overplayed.

To where does Luongo go now? There might not be any other suitors left.

Compounding the issue is there is one other goaltender that is on the trade market right now—Los Angeles Kings backup Jonathan Bernier. The sweepstakes are reportedly down to the Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. If the Flyers do acquire Bernier and do not buyout Bryzgalov, it would push another goaltender, Steve Mason, to the trading block.

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is also expected to hit the open market with the Coyotes ownership issues not expected to be resolved until the start of free agency.  The Calgary Flames might in the market for a goaltender with the expected retirement of Miikka Kiprusoff. Will the Canucks trade within their division? Will the Flames want him?

There’s still always the Florida Panthers, right? Right?

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