In other words, the Flyers are at least contemplating having Bryzgalov and Steve Mason push each other by competing for the starting job next year.
The two would have a combined $7.2 million cap hit.
The cap, currently at $70.2 million, drops to $64.3 million next year, and the Flyers have $65.6 million committed to 19 players.
Mason was superb in the Flyers' 1-0 loss in Buffalo on Saturday, and afterward he said his goal was to win the starting job next season.
"No goaltender should be satisfied being a No. 2 in this league, and I most certainly am not," Mason said. ". . . I'm 24 years old. I realize there's a lot of time ahead, but I won't be happy until I get back to a level I'm comfortable playing at."
Phantoms winger Eric Wellwood will need nine to 12 months to recover from having his Achilles and three other tendons sliced by his skate a week ago, Holmgren said. . . . Holmgren said none of the injured Flyers will return this season. He had been hoping Zac Rinaldo (ankle) might return. . . . Oliver Lauridsen lost decisively to Patrick Kaleta in his first NHL fight. . . . Saturday was the Flyers' first regular-season shutout loss to Buffalo since 1998. . . . Defenseman Eric Gustafsson played a team-high 24 minutes, 21 seconds, a career high. . . . The Flyers power play is 0 for 16 in the last six games.