— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) May 22, 2013
See, I don’t know how to take this. Howard Eskin has had a terrible 2013 when it comes to original reports. Really, he hasn’t been right about anything. But here he’s giving you the source– tenured Flyers exec Peter Luukko with two U’s and two K’s, got it. There’s a real possibility that Eskin is just taking Luukko’s positive avoidance of the answer and running with it, and there’s also the possibility that Luukko is lying or doesn’t know yet and doesn’t feel like creating more controversey around the goofy goalie. But if the Flyers have already decided to keep Bryz and not amnesty (buy him out)– why? He’s not good. Save for a two-week stretch last March, Bryz has, at no time, played up to his contract. He’s an average goalie being paid wayyyy above average money. It’s gotten to the point where – and perhaps this isn’t entirely his fault – everything he says stirs some sort of controversy and serves as a distraction for the entire organization. What’s worse is that the league’s salary cap next season is going down to $64.3 million. Bryz’s cap hit is $5.6 million, which, after Danny Briere is gone, will be the second-highest on the team behind Old Man Timonen, who, for some unexplainable reason, was signed to a one-year, $6 million extension last year.
Capgeek (includes Pronger and Briere)
Once Pronger and Briere come off the books (LTIR, trade or amnesty), the Flyers, who currently have the highest cap payroll by a wide margin, will be around $59 million, $5 million under the cap, with plenty of holes to fill. It makes no sense to keep around an average, overpaid goofball who, at this point, is nothing but a distraction.