Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bryzgalov cashes in

The Phoenix Coyotes and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.

Sources tell TSN the deal breaks down as $4 million in the first year, $4.25 million in the second and $4.5 million in the third.
I'll be the first to tell you how well Bryzgalov's played in Phoenix, but a $12.75-million extension based on a 28-game audition is a bit much.

Only 27, he was set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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13 Comments:

At 3:02 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous David Johnson said...

It is pretty comparable to the 2 year $8 million contract Vesa Toskala received from Toronto.

 
At 3:32 PM, January 22, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

A bit excessive? maybe - but Bryzgalov's a decent goalie and phoenix could do worse.

 
At 3:51 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous twain said...

Because, God knows, imitating Leafs management is prudent.

 
At 3:53 PM, January 22, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

That leaves the potential UFA crop for goalies pretty limited. Huet is quite a bit ahead of the pack now.

After Huet, it's guys like Hedberg, Holmqvist, Theodore, and Kolzig.

 
At 4:11 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worth every cent. Bryz has always risen to the challenge and finally deserves making some money. he seems the nicest guy in the entire NHL and I wish lots of success for him

 
At 5:19 PM, January 22, 2008, Blogger Jordan said...

It's only a 3-year commitment if he goes down the tubes (which I hope won't be the case). He gives them stability on the back end while the rest of the youngsters come up. Since they were barely spending above the salary floor, it's not as if management doesn't have the $$ to spend.

 
At 6:00 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Phoenix negotiate against themselves?

Yes, Bryzgalov is UFA next summer but where he is going to go? Nobody wanted him earlier and he was placed on waivers.

Where would have he gone and gotten 3yr/12M deal? Vancouver, Calgary, NJ, NY Rangers, Anaheim and plenty of other places already have their goalie(s).

If you go through all 30 teams you'll notice there isn't anybody (but Phoenix) willing to give this guy 12M.

Good signing for Phoenix but too much money. Happens when you deal from the point of fear.

 
At 6:15 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Karina said...

I think that more teams than just Pheonix would have been interested in Bryzgalov. Tampa Bay is obvious, then there's Colorado where Theodore's contract will be up. That's just two off the top of my head.

 
At 6:15 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Karina said...

I think that more teams than just Pheonix would have been interested in Bryzgalov. Tampa Bay is obvious, then there's Colorado where Theodore's contract will be up. That's just two off the top of my head.

 
At 8:37 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toskala, Raycroft, Fernandez, Roloson, et al, think Bryzgalov's new contract is entirely reasonable.

 
At 8:42 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the (TOOOOOT!!!) was this guy let go on waivers? What the (TOOOOT! TOOOOT!!) was Burke thinking?

 
At 9:20 AM, January 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Tellqvist extended, too, and capable of being a backup, Phoneix finally has some stability in net, which is something this franchise needed. There hasn't been a lot of hope in Phoneix. When something good comes along, and people actually, seriously contemplating a scenario where they make the post-season when everyone predicted they'd be dead last this year, you need to lock that down.

 
At 1:39 PM, January 23, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

I doubt that Burke was able to find any GM willing to make a trade. The number of teams that would be interested in Bryzgalov this summer probably didn't have the room (in terms of cap room or roster spot) to acquire him mid-season, other than Phoenix.

 

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