Philadelphia Flyers Rumors: Is Roberto Luongo the Team's Answer for Goalie?

Michael PizzutilloCorrespondent IIIJanuary 9, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21:  Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks follows the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Earlier this evening, TSN's James Duthie tweeted the Philadelphia Flyers were interested in potentially trading for Vancouver's other goalie, Roberto Luongo.

Year after year, the Flyers' ultimate question mark has been their goaltender. The team's current netminder, Ilya Bryzgalov, is under contract for $44.8 million over eight seasons (per Needless to say, Byrz did not live up to his pay scale during his first full season with the club. The large question still looms and the Flyers are still searching.

But is Luongo the answer the team has been looking for?

The once highly respected All-Star goalie was outplayed by youngster Cory Schneider last season and lost his starting position with the Canucks as a result. Luongo was still a solid, finishing his season off with a GAA of 2.41 in 55 games (per, but he could not hold his position in the playoffs.

Now Bryz, according to most, had a down season, but his numbers were very comparable to Luongo's. He finished the season with a GAA of 2.48 in 59 games (per Bryz was also subpar in the playoffs.

Taking just stats into consideration, Luongo is not much of an upgrade at this stage of his career.

Earlier, I mentioned Bryzgalov's enormous salary, which the Flyers would have to buy out, but Luongo's salary is even bigger. He has nine seasons remaining on his contract for a price of $5.3 million per season, or a total of $47.7 million (per

Why trade such a huge asset for another, especially for comparable skill levels?

The trade for Luongo would not make sense and would leave the Flyers scrambling next season (or the season after) while losing more money in the process. During this shortened season, the Flyers should ride Bryz and hope the defense steps up its game and takes pressure off their goaltender.

That should help ease the goalie question for this season.