"We have not got a deal. Period. And we're not commenting until we do."
The Flyers also denied the report that a deal had been reached with the Russian goaltender who turned 31 on Wednesday.
"Rumors are rumors," the Flyers said in a 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."
Bryzgalov recorded seven shutouts and had a 2.48 goals-against average in 68 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season.
Here is Stubits' report:
The Philadelphia Flyers identified the goalie they wanted, went and got him, and now have apparently signed him.
According to Nick Kypreos of Hockeycentral, Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers have agreed in principle to a long-term contract. But the deal cannot be made official until the Flyers have fit all the numbers under the new cap of $64 million. So look for GM Paul Holmgren to make things work by sending somebody (or somebodies) out of town.
At this point, the numbers on the deal aren't being reported; however, it was thought Bryzgalov was seeking a contract that would pay him about $7 million, which we addressed in the Morning Skate with a bit of an Excuse me?!? Bryzgalov is very good, but he's not highest-paid goalie good.
Last season for the Coyotes, Bryzgalov was 36-20-10 with a 2.48 GAA and .921 save percentage. In the playoffs, he and the Coyotes struggled to the tune of a sweeping exit to Detroit in the first round.