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Flyers pay Ilya Bryzgalov NHL-record $23M buyout

Ilya Bryzgalov struggled on and off the ice in Philadelphia. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images) Ilya Bryzgalov struggled on and off the ice in tw0 seasons in Philadelphia. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Two seasons after signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract, the Flyers are willing to make NHL history just to make the goalie go away.

Philly.com reports the Flyers are giving Bryzgalov an NHL-record $23 million over the next 14 years -- approximately $1.63 million per season. That's an NHL record buyout according to CapGeek.com -- topping the Islanders' $17,632,000, eight-year buyout of Alexei Yahsin in 2007.

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The move is expected to save the Flyers $6 million in salary cap room in each of the next seven years.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called the team's decision to get rid of Brysgalov via buyout "very difficult decision."

Bryzgalov finished his two seasons in Philadelphia with a 52-33-10 record, with a 2.61 goals against average and a .905 save percentage, and frequently clashed with Philadelphia media going so far as to ask reporters: "What have you done for the city?"
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