For those of you that follow me regularly, you know me to be a pro-Ilya Bryzgalov writer. However, with the highly touted net-minder's recent struggles and the rising talent level of Sergei Bobrovsky, Paul Holmgren may have to consider moving the universe.
Make no mistake, trading Bryzgalov is virtually impossible at this point, but to alleviate the anxiety of fickle fans desperately praying this humongous contract doesn't destroy their team, I have prepared this slideshow.
To make matters clear, Bryzgalov will need to improve his statistics better than 3.07 GAA and a .891 save percentage if a trade will happen. This can be achieved by replacing his starts against teams like Ottawa, Chicago and Boston with those his backup receives against teams out of playoff contention.
Furthermore, a trade may not be such a bad thing for Bryzgalov. For example, a trade helped revitalize Ed Belfour's career after his relocation to San Jose, which was a similar situation to Bryzgalov's stay in Philly.
Again, I have to reiterate this is pure speculation at this point. I understand Bryzgalov has a humongous contract with a No Movement clause.
Additionally, this is assuming he cannot revitalize his career with the Flyers, and that his backup suddenly becomes Pelle Lindbergh.