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Questions continue to swirl around the Flyers' goaltending.
Can Ilya Bryzgalov truly be a number one goaltender in Philadelphia? If not, do the Flyers exercise their other amnesty buyout on the final seven years of his contract?
And if the Orange and Black go down that road, what's Plan B? Steve Mason? Trade for a goaltender? Take another shot at a free agent netminder?
Clearly, it's another summer of intrigue in the Flyers' net.
Through two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, Bryzgalov has been a complete enigma.
He's won 52 of 97 starts (.536 win percentage) and recorded six shutouts but has seen both his goals-against average and save percentage fall outside the top 20 each year. In fact, those figures weren't even among the top 30 NHL netminders this past season.
In March 2012, Bryzgalov compiled four shutouts in a span of just five starts and closed that month having allowed only 19 goals over 12 appearances. That was immediately followed, however, by a playoff run that saw the Russian netminder surrender at least three goals-against in all but one of his 11 postseason outings.
With the mercurial goaltender fully under the microscope this past season, Bryzgalov responded early, allowing two goals-against or fewer in four of his first six starts. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there as he was never able to record a monthly save percentage above .900 in the final three months of the season. He only allowed two goals-against or fewer in 13 of his final 34 appearances.
Bryzgalov's inconsistent play led the Flyers to acquire former Calder trophy winner Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline.
Mason shined in seven appearances with the Orange and Black, going 4-2 while recording a 1.90 goals-against average coupled with a stingy .944 save percentage.
But the former third round pick back in 2006 has had consistency issues of his own.
After being named the league's top rookie in 2009, Mason ended each of the next three campaigns with a goals-against average over 3.00 and didn't post a year-ending save percentage above .901 for each of the next four years.
The bottom line is the Flyers once again have questions and concerns in goal.
Philadelphia doesn't have to pull the trigger on an amnesty buyout of Bryzgalov just yet (teams can exercise their buyouts next summer as well) so it's possible the club gives the enigmatic Russian one more year to prove himself. That's one year too many though.
The Flyers have an opportunity to right the wrong that was signing Bryz to a ridiculous nine-year pact. They need to seize it.
Mason is already inked for next season (one year, $1.5 million cap hit) and Philadelphia can find a veteran backup through free agency far cheaper than Bryzgalov's annual $5.67 million cap hit. Mike Smith, Evgeni Nabokov, Chris Mason and Dan Ellis are all pending free agents and could serve as capable backups to Mason.
The other alternative could be acquire a more proven netminder through a trade.
Roberto Luongo should certainly be available from Vancouver. The asking price shouldn't be all that high since the Canucks already have Corey Schneider and Luongo still has nine years remaining on his current contract at an annual cap hit of $5.33 million. Luongo was once considered the best goaltender on the planet and maybe a change of scenery is all he needs to rediscover those abilities.
Then again, that could be another contractual mess all over again.