Many believe Streit's agreement spells the official end to the tenures of Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported yesterday that both Briere and Bryzgalov will be bought out via the new compliance "amnesty" clause in the collective bargaining agreement.

Players may be bought out beginning 48 hours after the Stanley Cup finals end - no later than June 28, or 2 days after a possible Game 7.

Cutting ties with Briere, 35, and Bryzgalov, 32, would free up $12.17 million.

A source close to the situation told the Daily News that the Flyers were considering trying to trade Briere prior to June 30's draft in New Jersey. Instead, the source said the Flyers have settled on making Briere an early free agent. He has 2 years left on his deal at $6.5 million per season; with a no-movement clause, he would need to approve a trade.

The Flyers and Briere's camp, including agent Pat Brisson, have kept in close touch regarding the matter. Brisson also represents Streit, Claude Giroux and Max Talbot.

Bryzgalov has 7 years and $34.5 million left on his contract. Given his mediocrity in net, quirky personality and the team's cap crunch, the chance to buy him out seems too good to pass on.

In addition to a cap crisis, the Flyers also have a logjam on defense. They have $26.02 million committed to seven defensemen next season, not including Chris Pronger's $4.91 million or restricted free agent Erik Gustafsson. That leaves many wondering whether Holmgren will soon be parting ways with either Andrej Meszaros or Nick Grossmann, adding to an already-intriguing summer makeover.