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by Paul on 01/10/13 at 11:19 AM ET
via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
On Wednesday, the hot rumor was Luongo to . . . the Flyers?
It all started with a report from former player-turned-analyst Enrico Ciccone, who tweeted that the Flyers have interest in Luongo. His report was seconded by TSN analyst James Duthie, who is believed to be a close friend of Luongo.
When contacted, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren quickly shot down the rumors.
"That made me chuckle," Holmgren told the Daily News. "It's safe to say those rumors aren't true. They have no basis or merit."
On many levels, the Flyers trading for another goaltender doesn't seem to make sense. Though he has a better track record, Luongo, 33, is 1 year older than Ilya Bryzgalov, and has more years (10) and money remaining on his contract ($47 million). Bryzgalov is due $41 million over the next eight seasons.
Even if the Flyers were to buy out Bryzgalov next summer with the CBA's new "compliance buyout," there are questions about whether they could afford Luongo and Bryzgalov's buyout cap hit on a $64.3 million ceiling.
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