Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Why Ilya Bryzgalov Was the Best Goalie Option

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Why Ilya Bryzgalov Was the Best Goalie Option
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Heading into this offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers' biggest need was to address a goaltending problem that had cut short many playoff runs over the past decade.

The top free agents available were Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers.

The Flyers traded for and signed Bryzgalov to a nine-year contract averaging $5.67 million per season.

When the Washington Capitals signed Vokoun for a one-year deal at $1.5 million, many began to wonder if the Flyers had paid too much to solve their problems.

However, even with a $4 million higher cap hit than his closest competitor, Bryzgalov was by far the best option in net.

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