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NHL Teams Showing Interest In Ilya Bryzgalov

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

When it was announcedIlya Bryzgalov’s NHL comeback attempt may have seemed a bit far-fetched, especially given the veteran netminder had sat out the entire 2015-16 season. But as it turns out, there’s still a lot of interest in what the 35-year-old netminder might be able to bring to the table.

Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, told Russian news outlet TASS that he started speaking with teams as soon as Bryzgalov had made clear his wish to return to the NHL, and while teams were likely shocked to get the call, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some interest. In fact, there are currently a number of teams lining up to speak with Bryzgalov about his return.

“It is a return to the NHL, and (there are) currently six teams interested in him last week,” Winter said, via TASS.

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I want Bryzgalov back in the NHL for the interviews alone.

Posted by Jamespqr on 06/20/16 at 01:33 PM ET

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I want Bryzgalov back in the NHL for the interviews alone.

He definitely gave good sound bytes.

Posted by Garth on 06/20/16 at 02:07 PM ET

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If there’s a market for Bryzgalov, there’s a LOT more of a market for guys like Ward and Howard than people are thinking.

Posted by Primis on 06/20/16 at 02:09 PM ET

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P- not sure if you missed it, Ward resigned with the Canes for two years $6.6M combined.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/20/16 at 02:29 PM ET

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I don’t think it shows there’s a market for Jimmy at all.  I think it’s the opposite:

“Why trade for Jimmy Howard’s three-year $5.2M deal when you can probably sign Bryz for 1-year, $1M?”

It’s easy to think of Howard as a talented, in-demand goalie during the offseason, but he’s been far below league average the last three seasons running.  Nobody wants him and his albatross deal if there’s even a slightly-reasonable alternative available.

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/20/16 at 03:00 PM ET

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I don’t think it shows there’s a market for Jimmy at all.  I think it’s the opposite

I agree with this. There’s demand for goalies, but there are also a lot of goalies available. That’s especially true if if Anaheim, PIttsburgh, and Tampa may all be looking to move one, as many are reporting. I’ll be surprised if we’re able to move Howard before the season begins. Do we move him by the deadline? All sorts of things can happen in the regular season.

Posted by Jamespqr on 06/20/16 at 03:04 PM ET

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Nobody wants him and his albatross deal if there’s even a slightly-reasonable alternative available.

I don’t disagree, I just question whether Bryzy is a reasonable alternative.  He’s five years removed from being a good goalie and basically two years (minus a very few games) away from even being in the league.

He might be an OK alternative for a team looking in the market for a cheap backup, but that’s not what teams that might be interested in Howard (or Fleury or Bishop) are looking for.

Posted by Garth on 06/20/16 at 03:15 PM ET

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Low-risk, high-reward, versus Jimmy high-risk, high-reard.

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/20/16 at 07:07 PM ET

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