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Bryzgalov leaves Philly without a deal

Star free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday, left town on Friday without a new contract.

Bryzgalov leaves Philly without a deal

Ilya Bryzgalov left Philadelphia without a contract agreement. (Paul Connors/AP)
Ilya Bryzgalov left Philadelphia without a contract agreement. (Paul Connors/AP)

Star free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday, left town on Friday without a new contract.

Both sides negotiated - after Bryzgalov met with Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, goaltending coach Jeff Reese, general manager Paul Holmgren and team president Peter Luukko - and have agreed to pick up talks next week.

Holmgren issued this statement on Friday afternoon:

"We have spoken with Ilya and his agent Ritch Winter about many different scenarios.

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"As for now, we both know each other's position and have agreed to speak again next week.

"There will be no further comment at this time."

That is to say, the Flyers have seen Bryzgalov's demands - which have been reported as lofty since the Coyotes dealt his rights to Philadelphia on June 7 - and need at least the weekend to think about how to proceed.

Bryzgalov has been reportedly seeking a 6-year deal worth close to $6 million per season, which would chew up nearly 10 percent of the Flyers' entire salary cap.

The Flyers have until July 1 to wrap up a deal with Bryzgalov before he is free to negotiate with all 28 other teams. Few teams, though, appear to be on the market for a big name goaltender.

The Flyers would have liked to had a deal signed and delivered before next Friday's Entry Draft kicks off in St. Paul, Minn., as they will need to shed salary in order to afford Bryzgalov.

The Flyers have nearly $59 million committed to players for next season and the salary cap is expected to increase from $59.4 million to around $63.5 million.

Technically, no deal between the Flyers and Bryzgalov could be inked at this point anyway, as the 2011-12 salary cap numbers have not yet been released from the NHL and the buyout window for players has yet to begin. If the Flyers wanted to sign Bryzgalov this week, a trade would have been needed to be made first in order to stay clear of the league's tagging rule.

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