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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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Ilya Bryzgalov Will Not Play Again This Season

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his family home in Philadelphia and not play for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Feb. 24 and made the decision after discussing the situation with his family and agent Ritch Winter. 

Bryzgalov and Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray made the following comments: 

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The Future Of Ilya Bryzgalov Is In Doubt

from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,

The deteriorating experiment with veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov reached a new low Sunday when the Ducks placed him on waivers.

Other NHL teams are free to claim Bryzgalov through Monday at 9 a.m. If he goes unclaimed, the Ducks and the goalie will determine his future, which could result in a demotion to minor-league Norfolk or the outside possibility of retirement.

The Ducks owe Bryzgalov an estimated $1.9 million this season, and team officials privately have said the veteran could still be used later given his experience and the fact the team used three goalies last postseason.


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A Bad Night For Ilya Bryzgalov

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The Ducks (32-11-6) concluded their season series with the Sharks by never finding an answer against them, losing four of the five meetings. There may now be a need for a better answer in addition to Andersen in their goal crease.

Bryzgalov stopped 19 of 25 shots, with just 11 coming in the 16-shot avalanche against him. Boudreau said he opted to go with him after deliberating over two days, choosing someone who had a career 2.35 goals-against average in 28 prior games against the Sharks.

“We looked at the records of the goalies against San Jose,” Boudreau said. “We’ve got a lot of games (upcoming). We played Bryz against a tough team instead of just sort of guiding him through. So that’s what we thought. Obviously it didn’t work.”

The numbers are grisly. Bryzgalov’s five appearances and four starts have resulted in a 1-3-0 record, with a 4.68 goals-against and .832 save percentage. Those don’t often keep a goaltender employed, but the Ducks have about $1.9 million of real money invested in him as well as a $2.88-million salary cap hit.

more on the game, a San Jose 6-3 win over Anaheim...

Watch the highlights below...

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s Bad Night

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Some notes, quotes and other musings from the Ducks’ 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night …

Let’s look at Bryzgalov. The Ducks are paying him some real good money to be a No. 3 option who has to be the No. 2 for now as they opted to have John Gibson get well in Norfolk. General Manager Bob Murray was watching his investment ($2.88-million salary cap hit, $1.9-million actual money) blow up in his first start from high up in Canadian Tire Centre.

Every shot began to look like an adventure after a while but this was the wild ride Murray signed up for in the mercurial Bryzgalov when his goaltending beyond Frederik Andersen was either on the training table (Gibson) or wrapped up in a bandage (Jason LaBarbera).

Suddenly LaBarbera didn’t look so much like a feared option if or when things get desperate. And Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, when asked if it was a tough spot to put Bryzgalov in at the end of a nine-day road trip, didn’t jump in defend the dismal outing even when the rest of his tired team disintegrated around the netminder.

“It’s a tough spot but Freddie played 20 games in a row and it’s not like Bryz is a first-year player,” Boudreau said. “He knows what he’s done. He’s been practicing for two weeks. He’s played two games in the minors. Played the third period or more than a period and a bit in Toronto.

“He’s practiced. He should have been ready. And he should be ready.”


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Report- Ilya Bryzgalov Joining The Anaheim Ducks On PTO

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Afternoon Line - Ilya Bryzgalov

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Wild sign Kuemper, suspend Harding

From the Minneapoils Star-Tribune's Michael Russo:

Thanks to Josh Harding’s broken foot, Darcy Kuemper got his one-way contract. On the eve of players taking the ice for the first time, the Wild conceded in its standoff with its young goalie by signing Kuemper to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

“I’m super excited to continue this journey with the Wild and can’t wait to see and get back on the ice with my teammates,” Kuemper said in a text message.

The move comes a day after veteran Ilya Bryzgalov agreed to a tryout and hours after General Manager Chuck Fletcher met with Harding to try to establish how he got injured in an off-ice incident Sunday involving an altercation with a teammate.

Soon after the meeting, Fletcher made the decision to suspend Harding. During the time he recovers, Harding won’t be paid a prorated portion of his $2.1 million salary and he won’t count against the Wild’s salary cap. The paperwork was filed and all parties were notified late Thursday.

In the meantime, Fletcher said Thursday night that Kuemper’s signing won’t affect Bryzgalov’s tryout. If Kuemper’s not one of the top-2 goalies in training camp, the Wild can sign Bryzgalov and assign Kuemper to Iowa of the American Hockey League without waivers.


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It Appears Ilya Bryzgalov Will Be At Camp For The Minnesota Wild

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Simmons discusses Clarkson and the remaining free agent everybody insists is a ‘steal’

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers a little less time to hockey notes in the middle of the summer, and aside from his weekly anti-Corsi rant, here's the gist of his hockey commentary from his Sunday notebook:

What happens if David Clarkson is as inept in Year 2 with the Leafs as he was in Year 1? Do they want a $5-million player on their fourth line (who isn’t Mike Richards)? Or will Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment swallow hard and send him to the minors, even if there is very little salary-cap help for doing so. In the end, performance will be up to Clarkson. One NHL scout makes a Michal Handzus comparison to Clarkson: “Los Angeles signed him to a large free-agent contract in ’07. And he sucked the first year. They were kind of frantic about that. But after that, he played OK for them. He really did."


Still available in free agency: Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov ... Went over the list of 234 unsigned free agents: The only one I had semi-interest in was Daniel Winnik, banging winger, formerly of the Anaheim Ducks

Simmons continues and discusses his usual myriad of topics...

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Kane eliminates the Wild

The Minnesota Wild certainly played well in forcing the Blackhawks to six games and an overtime period, but Patrick Kane scoring in overtime has become something of a team-killing cliche. With Ryan Suter chasing his check behind the net and Jonas Brodin engaging in a "fly-by," Matt Cooke needed to try to neutralize Kane as a weird bounce off the back-boards got Ilya Bryzgalov moving, and Cooke whiffed, while Kane did not:

The result? A 2-1 OT win for Chicago, who will wait for the winner of the Ducks-Kings series in the Western Conference Finals, and all of one playoff-winning round for Craig Leipold and his $196 million investment in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, though it's assumed that it's all but inevitable that Austrian-turned-Minnesotan Thomas Vanek will sign with the Wild this summer (as ESPN's Craig Custance suggests in an Insider-only entry). I wonder what excuse Leipold will use if or when he tries to lock out the players and fans again?

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Ilya Bryzgalov has fun with Jets fans’ serenade

Via the Hockey News's Rory Boylen and Some Hockey Videos on YouTube, Minnesota Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov shut out the Winnipeg Jets on Monday evening (Minnesota won 1-0), and he did so while giving Jets fans' jeers a playful response:

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Wild Get Bryzgalov From Edmonton

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Video- Bryzgalov Leaves Game After Goal-Mouth Collision

Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars was involved in a collision with Ilya Bryzgalov which forced the Edmonton goaltender to leave the game.

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“A Shutout Is A Shutout”

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Ilya Bryzgalov is letting his game do the talking.

The Edmonton Oilers goaltender was solid in his first start for the club, making 33 saves in a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

It was the 31st shutout of his NHL career.

“It’s great to have a shutout,” Bryzgalov said. “A shutout is a shutout, it’s always good. I felt pretty good. The team played well.

“They had a couple of chances, but that’s what the goalie is there for, to make some saves.”


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Afternoon Line

“There were a couple of incidents where he (Bryzgalov) wasn’t happy with the way our team played in front of him and he did a few things that caused us to say something to him and put him in his place. [He called us out] in not a very professional way. We had to take care of him because it wasn't always about him. It was about the team.

"He was unbelievable, a Vezina candidate, he got us to the playoffs. There's no question he probably played a little harder knowing that he was coming into free agency. Right now he's in a spot where he has to prove himself again.''

-Scottie Upshall on Ilya Bryzgalov when they were teammates in Phoenix.  More from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel.

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A Fresh Start For Bryzgalov

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ilya Bryzgalov’s strategy was apparent as he met the Edmonton media for the first time on Monday. Forget the past, hope everyone else forgets the past, and if that doesn’t work, then deny the past. So the average player-media exchange went something like this:

Reporter “Do you see this as a second chance for you?”

Bryzgalov “What do you mean?”

Reporter “Just, the way things ended up in Philadelphia…”

Bryzgalov “I never lost my first chance, you know.”

So it turns out that Bryzgalov, a contrarian if nothing else, was not blackballed by hockey these past few months. He just took a little longer to find a contract after that compliance-buyout thing in Philadelphia. The whole situation was completely out of his control, actually, which must include a save percentage that ranked 59th and 55th among NHL goalies the past two seasons. Does being paid $23 million over 14 years just to go away bother him? “Not at all,” Bryzgalov says, breaking into a big smile. “You know, it’s out of my control. I can’t do anything about it. It’s just like, ‘Ok, guys. If you decide… to make that move, I’ve just got to accept it and move on.’”


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Oilers Recall Bryzgalov

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Bryzgalov Talks

Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun spoke with Ilya Bryzgalov...

Bryzgalov said it’s been a time to be introspective.

“You do more learning from the tough times you’ve been through. When times are difficult it forces you to think and do things you’ve never done. I learned a lot from these two years in Philly.”

So what happened in Philadelphia?

“I just can tell you when the time right. I will write the book. You can read it then.”

With a 208-149-45 record, a 2.55 goals against average and a .918 save percentage, there’s nothing wrong with the career statistics of the 33-year-old 6’3” native of Togliatti, Russia.

But his disruptive image reputation and baggage from his two years in Philadelphia alone, kept everybody else in the league away from him except the clearly desperate MacTavish.

“I am looking forward to showing people about me. At the end of the year maybe you will make a statement about me.”


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Edmonton Oilers About To Sign Ilya Bryzgalov

added 11/9/13 11:59am,


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Friedman’s 30 thoughts: on 3 on 3 OT, Bobby Ryan, Bryzgalov, fighting and more

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman's graced our Monday evening with a  "30 Thoughts" column. He begins with the P's and Q's of a shootout spin-o-rama (see: Mason Raymond) vs. ettiquette (If you "snow" a goalie, should that be a penalty? And the Globe and Mail offers a superb visual explanation of what constitutes an "illegal" shootout move), and he continues from there.

Among his thoughts:

1. Looked a little bit into Ken Holland's overtime suggestion: four minutes of four-on-four, followed by four minutes of three-on-three if still tied. Then a shootout if necessary. I love the idea, which was tried at the Traverse City rookie tournament the Red Wings host. One of the reasons against it is the league doesn't want longer games.

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Bryzgalov Headed To Vegas?

First this from Darren Dreger al litle earlier tonight...


Then this from TSN about 10 minutes ago...

Former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov appears to be Vegas bound.

According to reports, the 33-year-old Bryzgalov is close to signing with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.

continue for career talk on Bryzgalov...

The Wranglers are noted for some of their promotions, I wonder what the would have in store for Bryz?

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Bryzgalov 50/50 On Where He Will Play

59.ru (translated) talked with Ilya Bryzgalov at his goalie camp and while most questions were about the camp, he was asked about where he will be playing in the upcoming season,

I can not ask a "question of the fan": where we will see Ilya Bryzgalov in the 2013-14 season - in Russia or in foreign markets? Where would you most like to play?

- You know, good and there, and there. In Russia - a great professional league, it develops. Here, have a very good masters: Ilya Kovalchuk is back, there's Alexander Radulov and other players. And in the NHL is good too. And, ahead of the replica will say that it is not in finance. Who is more important than the same peace of mind. So answer me so hard. While - 50 to 50.

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Is Bryzgalov Done In The NHL?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There are two numbers that reveal much about the future of Ilya Bryzgalov.

The first is 23, as in the millions of dollars the Philadelphia Flyers are paying him not to play for them.

The second is 0, as in the number of goaltending jobs currently available in the National Hockey League.

Add ‘em up and the sum suggests that we may have seen (and heard) the last of one of hockey’s great characters.

Well, probably.

Anything could happen, but the word around the league to Bryzgalov is, well, don’t call us, we’ll call you.

It’s not just that every team has taken down the Help Wanted sign after filling its needs for this season. Fact is, there’s not a lot of interest in Bryzgalov’s services, even at a vastly discounted rate, because teams don’t have a lot of faith in his ability to make them better.


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Bryzgalov Statement

from the Courier Post,

“As my family and I move forward to meet the new challenges ahead, I could not leave Philadelphia without publicly thanking Mr. Snider for the faith he showed in me when he committed to the long term contract that has secured my family’s financial future and acknowledging his passion for the game of hockey. Jeniya and I really appreciate his faith in me and what he has done for our family. Mr. Snider has an amazing energy for the deals he does and for winning. Hockey fans in this area should consider themselves lucky to have the team they cheer for led by a man who is as passionate about winning and doing whatever it takes to win as Flyers’ fans are. Getting to know Mr. Snider, has been a great experience. To see his passion for this game has been inspiring.

“I am grateful for teammates, to management and fans for the support I felt from so many of them through some very dark days and difficult situations. I have made many friends here – on the team, in the organization, among the media and throughout the community. Don’t ever think that I didn’t appreciate the kind comments of support made in the media by teammates and management and in private by so many very nice people I met on the streets of Philadelphia and in the surrounding area.


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No Surprise, Flyers Will Buyout Bryzgalov

via the Flyers website,

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren issued the following statement with regards to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

“I met with Ilya this morning and informed him that we are going to exercise a compliance buy out of his contract. This was a very difficult business decision to make for us and we want to thank Ilya for his time here and wish him all the best moving forward.”

More to follow, including video, shortly...

added 1:14pm,


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Video- All Ilya Brzgalov

note: added an additional video below at 6:30pm.

Today was exit interview clean-out day in Philadelphia...



Some questions and answers are not in the video, like this the Courier-Post says is from the interview transcript...

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Afternoon Line

Bryzgalov isn’t just a running comedy act. He’s one of the league’s most thoughtful players and the fact that he offers the insight he does in his second language is something he’ll never get enough credit for.

And this smart guy clearly has done the math. He understands the team’s cap situation for next season and he knows he’s put together the worst statistical season of his career, with a 2.88 GAA and .896 save percentage. His pay-to-performance ratio is wildly out of whack, and that makes him vulnerable to a buyout.

Drawing on his Russian fatalism, he knows the target is on his back. But not worrying about it is not the same as not caring. Bryzgalov may not show his passion with a Mark Messier-like glower or by battling like Billy Smith, but he’s a competitor. He deserved better.

- Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, where you can read why Muir believes Ilya Bryzgalov "deserved better".

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Afternoon Line

“I am not surprised at all, why should I?” You’ve got to understand, we are just employees here.”

“We have a front office and coaches who make the decision about the lineup and what type of team they created....You come to the locker and they tell you and you can’t do anything about it; you must accept it, what are you going to say?”

- Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, when asked today if he was surprised he was pulled on Saturday and won't be starting tonight.  More from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.

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What Will The Flyers Do With Bryzgalov?

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Acquiring the 24-year-old Mason by sending Michael Leighton and a 2015 third-round pick to Columbus created a win-win situation, Holmgren hopes.

Seeing that someone is waiting in the wings, Bryzgalov, 32, might be more focused for the stretch run and lead the Flyers to a playoff berth.

If he does, the Flyers might decide to keep him for another year and use Mason as a relatively expensive backup next season - expensive, but someone who has the capability of moving to No. 1 if Bryzgalov falters in 2013-14.

That's one way to look at it.

Another: The Flyers, who have not gotten the return they expected when they gave Bryzgalov a nine-year, $51 million deal, can cut ties with him after the season and hope Mason, with a change of scenery and a new goalie coach, will revert back to his rookie-of-the-year form of 2008-09.

That option seems more probable.


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Morning Line

“We’re not good, we’re obviously not in the spot we wanted to be.”

-Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov after losing 4-2 to the Rangers last night.  More from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.

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Report- Bryzgalov Done With The KHL

via R-Sport,

 KHL hockey team CSKA Moscow intends to release Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from his lockout contract on Monday, a team source told R-Sport on Sunday.

CSKA had announced that Bryzgalov had skipped Sunday's 4-2 defeat of Dynamo Moscow due to injury, but the source said it was because the 32-year-old wanted out.

The thing is, Ilya is leaving the team," the source said. "Officially they'll announce it on Monday. The reason, most likely, is that the lockout should be over pretty soon in Bryzgalov's opinion.

Bryzgalov has played 12 games for CSKA since arriving from Philadelphia on September 21, winning six and with a 91 percent save rate.

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Will Bryzgalov Be Better?

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

“Did he play as good as I expected? I would say no,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said of Bryzgalov’s first season in Philadelphia.

As Bryzgalov enters his second year with the team, however, the belief is he’ll be more comfortable and return to being the player who was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2010.

Bryzgalov was 10th in the League last season with 33 wins, but had a 2.48 goals-against average that was 21st and a .909 save percentage that ranked 33rd. Those numbers went farther in the wrong direction in the playoffs….

“Once you get to know the guys and you feel more comfortable in your house, in your life, all that kind of stuff, definitely you get more confidence as the year goes on,” (Scott) Hartnell said. “Next year he’ll come back from Russia in the summer and his house is all set up—he’ll be ready to play.”


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The Best Of Bryzgalov

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All Bryzgalov

from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had an eventful first season with the Philadelphia Flyers. He recently spoke with Natalia Bragilevskaya, SovSport’s reporter in Philadelphia, about losing to the New Jersey Devils and that David Clarkson goal; how difficult the critics have been to deal with this season; and whether he ever regretted signing with the Flyers.

Q. You’re in a bad mood, Ilya?

BRYZGALOV: “Of course. I was expecting different. But New Jersey played better.”

What can you say about yourself? You made a few mistakes.

“For example?”

The Clarkson goal that turned out to be the deciding one in the series.

“Yes, I made a mistake. But when a player makes a pass and the opponent intercepts it, no one says anything, right?  I understand that I am being criticized by everyone but the lazy. But I am trying not to think about it.”

Can you take out anything positive from this season?

“I gained invaluable experience.”

What is it?

“It is difficult to describe with words. It is a psychology, a new view on life.”

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The Below Average Bryzgalov

from Rory Barrs of the National Post,

After a 4-3-overtime loss to New Jersey on Thursday, and now in a 2-1 hole in its Eastern Conference semi-final series, Philadelphia looks deep in the red on its Bryzgalov gamble.

• Bryzgalov has allowed 31 goals in nine playoff games, the most by any goalie in the playoffs, and more than twice as many as Los Angeles’ impenetrable fortress known as Jonathan Quick (13).

• His 3.54 goals-against average is abysmal, and more than a goal-per-game worse than the nearest comparison still alive in the playoffs, St. Louis’ Brian Elliot (2.43).

• Despite facing a reasonable average of 28.2 shots per playoff game, Bryzgalov owns a .878 save percentage, lowest among his second-round peers.


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Bryz Has To Be Better

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

I suppose it’s possible that the Philadelphia Flyers could go all the way and win the Stanley Cup with Ilya Bryzgalov’s somewhat shaky goaltending, but it’s not something I would count on.

On Sunday, he wasn’t very good.  While he allowed only one goal on 15 shots in the first period of the Flyers 4-3 overtime win, he wasn’t nearly as good in the second and third.

In those periods he faced three and four shots respectively, and was beaten five-hole on a goal in the second, and was beaten there again in the third.

continued plus some Predators talk too…

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Video- Bryzgalov Is An Early Save Of The Night Candidate

He robs Letang with this glove save but Pens up 3-1 at the time of this post.

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Bryzgalov Day-To-Day With Chip Fracture In Foot

via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Ilya Bryzgalov was limping for a reason in the Flyers’ locker room on Monday night.

And it wasn’t because of the Flyers’ crushing loss to Tampa Bay.

The Flyers announced on Tuesday afternoon that Bryzgalov has a chip fracture in his right foot. According to general manager Paul Holmgren, the injury does not appear to be serious.

Bryzgalov is day-to-day. His availability for this weekend’s games in unknown.

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Bryzgalov No Longer A Quote Machine

from Randy Miller of the Courier Post,

Once again, Bryzgalov absolutely refused to talk about himself in his latest short post-game interview that lacked the entertainment of his old ones, and he wouldn’t even skate back onto the ice to salute fans after being named the game’s No. 1 star for stopping all 17 Devils shots.

Told he’d just joined John Vanbiesbrouck to become the second Flyers goalie with three consecutive shutouts, Bryzgalov showed no emotion.

“Thanks for telling me,” he said softly.

Later, Bryzgalov added his new favorite line, “I don’t want to talk about me,” when someone asked about his goalless streak, which is up to 196 minutes, 13 seconds.

And on Flyers fans chanting his name, he responded, “Yeah, I heard. Thank you for the support.”


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What’s Changed With Bryzgalov

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

...Meanwhile, others in the organization stressed two more things. First, the goalie was asked to shut out all distractions. Second, he was told to improve his practice habits.

Bryzgalov’s got 91,000 twitter followers and there’s no doubt they were letting him have it. (Love 140-character dialogue, but as Mark Cuban noted on Saturday, there are plenty of people with “twittercourage.”) There’s been zero activity on his account since January 11, which isn’t a co-incidence. Basically, the team told him to “stop reading everything.”

As for practice, the feeling was Bryzgalov wasn’t serious enough about it. He hadn’t struggled like this over the past four seasons, averaging 67 appearances per year. Therefore, he didn’t need to do a ton of extra stuff and received rest time because of his workload.

With his game in tatters and on pace for his fewest starts in five years, Bryzgalov was asked to re-discover his work ethic. He did, going on the ice early and putting in the time. Goaltending coach Jeff Reese does believe that big goalies need to play a lot to keep their technique sharp, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he voted to staple Bryzgalov to the starting job.

more plus 30 Thoughts…

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Bryzgalov’s Game Is Coming Around

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Sacramento Bee,

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov looks as if he is finally starting to get his mojo back.

Or as the Five-Man Electrical Band put it, long before Bryzgalov was born:

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign ...

Sign: Bryzgalov stopped four of five shots as the Flyers actually won a shootout (Stop the presses!) in Calgary last week.

Sign: After allowing the obligatory first goal, Bryzgalov was razor-sharp in a 1-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday.

Sign: Bryzgalov made several quality stops to keep the Flyers within striking distance in the first period, and they finally got their vaunted offense untracked - they had been shut out in two of their previous three games - in Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders.

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign ...

“He looks very much in charge of his net right now,” coach Peter Laviolette said.


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Bad Goal Hurts Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was having a terrific game Sunday until he allowed a brutal wraparound goal to Marian Gaborik, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 5.1 seconds left in the second period.

Bryz said the puck took a “funny bounce” off his stick and that it was like “somebody sucking the puck with a vacuum behind the net.”

more on the Flyers and watch the Gaborik goal. Score tied 1-1, 6 seconds left in the 2nd period and now the Flyers must go into the dressing room down by 1.  They did lose the game 5-2.

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If Your Goalie Said This

How would you react?

via Corey Masisak tweets,


added 1:15pm. from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

In a move that is sure to ruffle more than a few feathers inside the Flyers’ locker room, Bryzgalov alerted the media on Sunday after practice at Citizens Bank Park that he would not be the starting goaltender for Monday’s 2012 Winter Classic.


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Is Bryzgalov Feeling The Pressure In Philly?

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

Now in the crosshairs in Philly, Bryzgalov is not handling things well. He’s become a media star on HBO, mugging for the cameras while proselytizing on the universe, Russian vodka, Chinese tigers and the attractiveness of his dog.

Just because he’s gregarious in front of an audience, however, it doesn’t mean he’s a pillar of reliability in front of a net in a city where the pressure to win is felt before the plane you arrive on touches down at the airport.

Already this season, Bryzgalov has blamed his defense for not using the four little words of communication, stated publicly that he has no confidence in himself, said he felt he was lost in the woods, said his teammates need to be better clearing out the front of the net and dropped an F-bomb on live television when asked about how he’s playing.

That’s the very visual example of cracking under pressure.


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Is Bryzgalov Trying Self-Motivation?

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

(Ilya) Bryzgalov lost his fourth straight on Tuesday and was the main reason the Flyers dropped a 5-1 decision to Tampa Bay.

When reporters asked him about his performance, Bryzgalov was at first sarcastic, saying he was OUTSTANDING.

Then he bashed himself and used an f-bomb on live TV when talking about his play, saying, in effect, he let the team down and has to be better.


The Flyers can only hope it’s as therapeutic as earlier in the season, when Bryzgalov said he had “zero   confidence” and was “lost in the woods” after a 9-8 relief loss to Winnipeg. After that defeat, he went 5-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average in his next six starts.

Watch Bryzgalov post-game below, with one F-Bomb tossed in…

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Flyers Need A Better Bryzgalov

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

(Ilya) Bryzgalov, 31, has had some very good stretches, but he has been much too inconsistent for someone of his pedigree.

Overall, he has a 2.92 goals-against average (34th in the NHL) and .895 save percentage (41st). He has struggled at home, where he is 6-5-1 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .882 save percentage. In games against the East’s top two teams, the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, he is 1-2 with a 4.14 GAA and .851 save percentage.

The Flyers did not give him a nine-year, $51-million contract because they expected those numbers.

Bryzgalov is coming off Friday’s 4-2 loss against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Two of the goals he allowed were on deflections and another was on a breakaway.

“I don’t know what to do, guys,” Bryzgalov said after the game. “Maybe we should play tighter defense and box out the guys.”


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An Up And Down Start For Bryzgalov

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In the season’s first seven weeks, Bryzgalov - the chatty, likeable Russian whom the Flyers presented with a nine-year, $51 million deal in the off-season - has been an enigma.

Bryzgalov, 31, has shown signs of dominance. Witness the six-game span in which he went 5-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average.

He has also shown signs of being easily distracted. He appeared to lose focus early in the season and labored through a four-game losing streak in which his goals-against average was 5.05 and his save percentage was .802. That left him exasperated, saying he was “lost in the woods” and had “zero confidence.”

That was followed by the aforementioned six games of excellence, which seemed to suggest that his swagger had returned.

But that was followed by a pair of lackluster efforts as he allowed seven goals over four periods - and was pulled after the opening stanza against the Islanders on Wednesday.

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Video- Ilya Bryzgalov Makes A Friend In Winnipeg

Here kid, have my stick.

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Evening Line

“I’m pretty sure good people, beautiful people live in Winnipeg. I’m pretty sure passionate fans. I didn’t mean it and I don’t want to offend anybody.  I just I sincerely apologize if I offend somebody, fans in Canada and Winnipeg. I didn’t mean it to be honest.”

-Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Today Bryzgalov apologized for the statement he made when it was a possibility the Coyotes could be moving to Winnipeg, remember?

“Not many people live there, not many Russian people there,” he said at the time. “Plus, it’s cold. There’s no excitement except the hockey. No park, no entertaining for the families, for the kids. It’s going to be tough life for your family.”

more from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail

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