Illya Bryzgalov

A bit of speculation on my part.
As you all probably know by now, the Anaheim Ducks have placed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers., and Spectors Hockey have all reported this.

This is a perfect opportunity for the Senators if they wish to clear salary cap space.

They currently have 6.187 committed to goaltenders this season. This is acceptable because it allows them the luxury of having two quality starting goaltenders.

However, in the salary cap world, it causes difficulties. It is no secret that Brian Murray wants another top 6 forward, but with the salary cap, the task has proven difficult.

Bryzgalov has been a starter for a good team. He can be a number one goaltender. He’s not spectacular, as I suspect that on a team with no defense he would most likely struggle. But on a deep Senators team, he should be able to do well.

Acquiring him would only cost Ottawa around 900k, but it would give them the opportunity to trade Martin Gerber or Ray Emery.

In the past, I was against trading either of them, as I value the depth they allow the Senators to posses. However, Bryzgalov would allow us to keep that depth at a cheaper price.

Acquiring Bryzgalov and trading one of their current goaltenders would free up about 2 million in cap space for the Senators, giving them around 5 million to go after a top 6 forward.

The only downside is that if any other team attempted to claim him, they would acquire him, as the rules regarding waivers state that if more then one team attempts to claim a player, the team with the lesser amount of standing points gets that player.

However, it would not hurt the Senators to try. They have nothing to lose, but something to gain. Why not give it a shot?

7 Responses to Illya Bryzgalov

  1. AntropovGoodIToldUSo says:

    Ottawa has no chance, the are last on the pecking order for claiming players off waivers.

  2. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    because its a heartless thing to do. the guy wants to be a starter in the NHL and can be. for you to say you should tag him and make him a healthy scratch so you can have a cheap backup is quite selfish in my oppinion.

    its also quite foolish, as the sens have the most points, and i can name 5 teams off the top of my head that will at least take a look.

    Pittsburgh is the best fit for the situation, they need a guy to come in on a one year basis (which also happens to be the length of his contract) and provide vetran goaltending. then Brysgalov goes to free agency, and is possibly one of the most sought after free agent goalies.

    However, hockey wise, he is most needed in LA.

    on the other hand the hottest team in need of a starter is the Atlanta thrashers…

    and of course the Tampa bay lightning need a guy..

  3. leafy says:

    If a quality goalie like Bryzgalov is waived (presumably because Burke could not find a suitable trading partner), just imagine how much a sad sack like Raycroft is worth on the open market.  Maybe a couple of marbles, some playing cards, and an old rabbit's foot.

  4. Rysto says:

    If nobody willing to pick Bryzgalov off of waivers, let alone trade for him, why on earth would you think that anybody is willing to trade for Gerber or Emery?

  5. cartino says:

    I'm still baffled why he's being waived (Man had this been last summer JFJ would have given a 1st round pick for him).

    I don't see him lasting long as there are alot of teams that would claim him before he even came close to Ottawa. (Edmonton, LA, Tampa, Pittsburg, heck maybe the leafs)

  6. OilersRush says:

    HTR's sister site is down does anyone know why?

  7. UWSensFan says:

    What I find weird is that JFJ HAD a chance last summer to deal for Bryz, but passed that up to deal for Toskala.  I'm SURE Burke would have accepted a lesser package of draft picks for Bryzgalov than JFJ dealt to San Jose for Toskala and Bell (and besides, the largest rumours out there had it that Bell was a mandatory throw in by SJ)…

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