Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider "didn't pick" Ilya Bryzgalov before the team signed him to a nine-year, $51 million contract.
"That's not my job," Snider continued. "Our staff picked Bryz of the available goaltenders and (general manager) Paul Holmgren basically decided that was the guy he wanted. My role in the whole thing was to say, 'We've got to get a quality goaltender. We can't go through what we went through that year with the goaltending in the (2010) playoffs.' I think we would have won that Cup (instead of losing in the Final to Chicago) if we had been a little more solid at the time in goal and not switching around so often. The point is that I don't get involved. I don't ever say, 'I'm signing this player.' I don't know enough about the players. We have scouts. We have Paul Holmgren. We have all the people that work for Paul that make these decisions." There has been speculation in the past that Snider was largely responsible for the Flyers getting Bryzgalov specifically, so when asked about it, he wanted to set the record straight.
Claude Giroux continues to play well for Canada at the IIHF World Championships.
He has two goals and six points in five games, second in team scoring behind Steven Stamkos. Although Giroux was a point-per-game player in 2013, those who drafted him were a little disappointed. Look for Giroux to rebound and register 90-plus points in a full season in 2013-14.
There are rumblings out of Philly that the Flyers should trade Ilya Bryzgalov and go with Steve Mason as their starter next season.
This speculation is not new. However, the Flyers are going to have to do one superlative sales job to move Bryzgalov and his $5.6 million per season over each of the next seven years. We remain skeptical.
Claude Giroux helped Canada earn a 4-1 win over Belarus at the IIHF World Championship on Friday with a goal and two assists.
Ryan O'Reilly, Andrew Ladd and Steve Stamkos also scored for Canada in the contest. They currently sit in first place in their group with 13 points, but Switzerland, who is unbeaten in the tournament, is just two points back with a game in hand.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been impressed with goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz.
He has posted a 13-4-1 record with a .923 save percentage and a 2.53 goals-against average during the OHL playoffs. The London Knights goalie enjoyed a similarly strong regular season. The Knights trail Barrie 3-1 in the OHL championship with Game 5 set for Friday night. The Flyers drafted Stolarz with one of the picks they acquired from Columbus in the Sergei Bobrovsky deal. He's expected to be back with London next year.
Scott Hartnell was a disappointment in 2013.
Missing 16 games with a broken foot didn't help, but when he played he wasn't nearly as productive as he was during the 2011-12 campaign. Hartnell averaged just 0.34 points-per-game while recording eight goals and 11 points in 32 matches. Last year, he clicked at a 0.82 points-per-game rate and posted career highs with 37 goals and 67 points. If the Flyers don't make any moves up to compliment their top six during the off-season then Hartnell should get an opportunity to rebound next season alongside Claude Giroux on Philadelphia's top line.
Goalie Carsen Chubak signed a one-year, one-way deal with the Flyers' AHL team.
Chubak is a highly-regarded goalie from Niagara University who was also one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. He had a 23-7-5 record, a 1.91 goals-against average, and a .939 save percentage this season. Chubak is expected to compete for the number-one job with the Phantoms next season.