Cost: Third-round selection in the 2012 NHL draft, Matt Clackson, and future considerations, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, nine years, $5.666 million cap hit
Benefit: I can already hear the blood boiling of the Philly Phaithful as they read the name of their new-found goaltending savior on this list.
But, before the strain of obscenities begin to escape the lips and re-appear in the comments section for besmirching Bryzgalov's entitlement to the Cup, please consider some relevant evidence.
Since arriving in Phoenix, Bryzgalov has consistently posted impressive numbers. Topping out at 42 wins in a season, a scary good .921 save percentage mark twice, and a low GAA of 2.29 in '09-'10.
The issue with Bryzgalov has been in the playoffs.
In the postseason, teams usually tighten up defensively.
They allow fewer shots and opponent scoring chances. Yet, Bryzgalov's numbers pale in comparison after the regular season ends.
His last two post season performance show a respective 3.44 and 4.36 GAA, and save percentages of .906 and .879.
Please also consider that the goaltending carousel comprised of Michael Leighton, Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky posted numbers over the past two seasons that were not as good as Bryzgalov's during the regular season, but were much better in the playoffs.
In addition, although it is exaggerated above, the hefty sum commanded by Bryzgalov's camp necessitated major cap saving moves by Philadelphia.
With all the upheaval surrounding his acquisition, all the pressure to win a Cup falls squarely on the goaltenders' shoulders.
Paid professional or not, it's a lot to place on one person... for nine consecutive years.