Reasons Ilya Bryzgalov Needs to Be Traded from the Philadelphia Flyers

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Reasons Ilya Bryzgalov Needs to Be Traded from the Philadelphia Flyers
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When the Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract last offseason, they hoped that they had found the cornerstone to their franchise.  

Bryzgalov had put up stellar numbers in Phoenix in prior seasons, and was one of the top free agents of the 2011 free-agency period.  

What the Flyers got, however, was not exactly what they expected.  

Bryzgalov's play was inconsistent throughout the entire season. At times, he showed signs of the player the Flyers hoped they had signed playing spectacularly, but at others, Bryzgalov showed a much more problematic side to his game.

With all signs pointing towards the NHL season starting sometime in the near future, the Flyers will look to build on the positives of last season's playoff run.

Despite not being able to bolster their defensive corp as they had hoped to, the Flyers now hope that a young, energetic roster featuring some of the league's top new players (Giroux, Couturier, Read, Hartnell) can carry them to the Stanley Cup Finals once again.  

Even though the massive contract signed by Bryzgalov contains a no-movement clause, the Flyers have to find a team that a) wants to take on Bryzgalov and b) Bryzgalov would approve a trade to.

The chances of both of those occurring seem to decrease every time Bryzgalov touches the ice, or even opens his mouth (see HBO's 24/7), but the Flyers still need to try.

In order for the Flyers to be a successful team this season and for years to come, they must get rid of Bryzgalov.  Here's a look at four reasons that the Philadelphia Flyers need to find a way around his no-movement clause and trade Ilya Bryzgalov.  

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