Big ups to Dominic Perilli (@dominicperilli) for the Photoshop
Amidst reports of an imminent deal with Bryzgalov, the Flyers released the following statement:
"We are continuing to try and reach an agreement with Ilya, but it is safe to say that we are not close to achieving this.”
As we know, Paul Holmgren lies.
Bryz's agent, Rich Winter, raises them this: [Philly.com]
"I'm not going to respond to anything. They can write whatever they like. I've been watching laughingly for two weeks as people make up stuff. I don't care. It's not my job to clarify what's in the newspapers. I'm just not commenting. I never will because it's never productive. Then I have to deal with you, and then I have to deal with the next guy who wants me to comment on what he just said.
"We have not got a deal. Period. And we're not commenting until we do."
[Related: Puck Daddy has a full interview with Bryzgalov]
A part of me envisions Homer and Winter giving each other figurative handies under the table, while the rest of us, including other NHL GMs, consider whether to raise the stakes or fold.
Neither side has any incentive to let us in on the negotiations, since nothing can be finalized until on or around July 1st, when a salary cap is put in place (unless the Flyers clear up a ton of cap space by trading away a big-name player… Carter's agent still believes he will not be the one to move). Team Bryz has no reason to agree to anything before they have to, and, perhaps more importantly, the Flyers lose trade leverage if it’s known they are going to pay Bryz a ton of money and have to move salary.
It’s all posturing. Holmgren is straightening up in his chair, Winter is lowering his sunglasses, and Bryz is sipping vodka. Only, under the table, their may be a scene reminiscent of the rub down Isla Fisher gave Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers. People helping people.
Lock it up, Homer.