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The Flyers' goaltending situation is a mess, and until the team has some stability at this position it won't compete for a Stanley Cup.
Starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has not been terrible season, but he has not performed at a high level on a consistent basis and is unable to make big saves, which does not instill confidence in his teammates.
Bryzgalov is 13-13-1 with a 2.79 GAA and a .898 save percentage thus far, and the Flyers' lack of a dependable backup gives them no choice but to play the 32-year-old veteran even when he struggles.
It's time for the Flyers to strongly consider making a move for Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, who has a record of 7-4-3 with a 2.48 GAA and a .914 in 15 appearances this season despite being in a backup role for most of the season.
He would give the Flyers a reliable presence in net and someone who has plenty of experience playing under immense pressure from the media and fans.
Adding Luongo to the roster would instantly improve the team's ability to win games consistently (the Flyers have yet to win three straight games in 2013). He's an elite goaltender that is highly motivated to get back to the playoffs and finally win a Stanley Cup.
Vancouver needs to make a major move to turn their season around, because this team has gone 3-6-2 in its last 11 games, which has allowed the Minnesota Wild take over first place in the Northwest Division.
Cory Schneider should be the No. 1 goalie of the present and the future for the Canucks, but it's difficult to make this commitment when Luongo is still on the roster. Trading Luongo is one way for general manager Mike Gillis to add some depth to his roster for the playoffs and put Schneider in a situation where he doesn't have to worry about someone taking his starting job.
The Canucks have a massive need for a center who is capable of playing in a second or third line role with Ryan Kesler not able to play on a consistent basis because of injuries. Philadelphia has plenty of depth down the middle, and could offer Danny Briere, Maxime Talbot, Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier in a potential deal for Luongo.
The problems in acquiring Luongo are obvious. His contract has nine years left on it and includes a $5.3 million salary cap hit. That's a huge contract for a 33-year-old, but the chances of Luongo not performing at an elite level over the next four to five seasons are slim. Not many goaltenders are as consistent as Luongo, and he also has a ton of playoff experience (61 games) and an Olympic gold medal.
If Luongo was acquired, then Bryzgalov would have to be bought out in the summer—but this Flyers team is not going to make the playoffs if its goaltending is not upgraded in the immediate future. Luongo is capable of winning games when the defensemen in front of him do not play well, and that isn't the case with Bryzgalov.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs. All salary information courtesy of Capgeek.