Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bolts Looking at Bryzgalov


The draft is over, and no deals were made. The Bolts are faced with still needing a goalie, a 2nd line forward and 6th defenseman, maybe 2 since word is that Pratt wants to test free agency.

The latest rumors swirling about are centered as usual around goaltending. Now it is Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov that is the focus. Since Anaheim re-signed Giguerre, conventional wisdom is that they will now attempt to move Bryzgalov. The Bolts being in the mix is possible since the teams have dealt with one another recently in the O'Brien deal at the deadline. Bryzgalov has 1 year left on a deal that will pay him only $1.36 mil next season. The Lightning wouldn't need to give up much to get him, but will need to keep cap space clear to be able to sign him long term.

Also looking to test the free agent market is forward Eric Perrin. He was expected to step up and fill the hole left by Modin last season, but that never materialized.

Free agency open up July 1st, stay tuned...

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