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Report: Bryzgalov to leave KHL, but why is disputed

Dec 30, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

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It looks like Ilya Bryzgalov‘s tenure with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow will end on Monday, according to R-Sport’s source.

Bryzgalov had a 2.13 GAA and .913 save percentage in 12 KHL games. He didn’t play on Sunday due to an injury, but that’s reportedly not why he’s leaving.

“The reason, most likely, is that the lockout should be over pretty soon in Bryzgalov’s opinion,” the source said.

Of course, given that this is Bryzgalov, the story isn’t that straightforward.

“Bryzgalov has indeed worn out his welcome in CSKA,” Sport-Express’ Slava Malamud argued. “The move is the club’s, not the goalie’s.”

Bryzgalov ran into some problems with the media during his tenure in the KHL. He reportedly complained that the media was writing “filth” about him.

He also told them, “My wife forbids me to talk… My mom and dad, too. Ask them.”

During his first season with the Philadelphia Flyers, Bryzgalov was known for giving interesting quotes. It got to the point where Flyers GM Paul Holmgren lashed back in May and said, “His job is to stop pucks and help us win games. It’s not Comedy Central.”

Flyers forward Claude Giroux defended Bryzgalov back in June. Giroux thought that he would be the league’s best goaltender in 2012-13 now that he’s had a chance to get used to life in Philadelphia.

If the lockout does end soon, he’ll still get a chance to prove Giroux right.

  1. Stiller43 - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    His quote about not being afraid of (the) penguins, but rather bears, and pens fans renting all the bear costumes in the burgh to wear to the game was fantastic.

    • cloudniner9 - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Smart man, by that he means you should fear the Bruins but not the Penguins,

      • danphipps01 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        That particular bear couldn’t even flail its way out of the first round last year. Not that intimidating a performance.

  2. gvbulldogs - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Giroux, what league, are you drunk?

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Do you know anything about sports? Of course Giroux didnt think that, did you really expect him to throw an already emotionally unstable GOALTENDER under the bus knowing he has to play w him for years to come, “c’mon man”

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    There were stretches when Bryz couldn’t stop the easiest of shots. And with all the injuries and turnover on the flyers blueline he might have less help than last season (which wasn’t great to begin with). The biggest problem with Bryz is his mind, he lets in a soft goal and all of a sudden he seems to feel like he can’t stop anything. If he can somehow stay confident in his own abilities then he’s tough to beat. Unfortunately he was rarely confident last season. I expect similar numbers from Bryz (more starts without Bob), I’m just hoping for more consistency. Giroux is wrong tho, no way Bryz will ever come close to a Lundqvist season.

    • id4joey - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Bryz might be the number one goalie to start the season, but won’t be by year end. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t finish the year with the Flyers. A goale with mind issues like you described is like a baseball player suffering from the “Steve Blass disease” or “Steve Sax Syndrome”. Start shopping for a goalie boys.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Well unless there’s that amnesty type clause in the CBA then we’re stuck. Not even the Blue Jackets would take his contract and lack of production. He’s untradeable. So I think it’s a safe bet to say Bryz will be on the Flyers for atleast one more full season. We have no viable starter behind him, now that Bobs gone. So the organization is basically stuck. But I really expect similar production, if there’s a season. There will be ups, like last March, and plenty of downs, if Bryz can’t keep his confidence.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        You’re wrong because nobody will take that contract, only reason I think that tho

      • id4joey - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        There is more than one way to get rid of a player, especially if he disrupts the chemistry of the team. So, maybe I’m right after all. Time will tell.

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Breezy the Clown back at it again.God only knows how the Flyers gave this imbecile all that money and years. It was a humongous mistake.

    • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      God! Reallt! He knows hockey like “Bo knows hockey”.

  5. flyerguy73 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    He will be fine.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Here’s hoping. We need to have a season first though.

  6. proudliberal85392 - Dec 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Those of us here in Phoenix appreciate Bryz. If he hadn’t left here in a huff, we never would’ve moved on to Mike Smith.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      You’re lucky you still have a franchise in Phoenix

  7. flyersphan28 - Dec 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I dont know why people have confidence that Bryz will bounce back. I said when they signed hom that it was an awful move. Hes great numbers in PHO was because he benefitted from they defensive system. Look at mike smith, he was a bum in tampa, they let him go thats on the verge of gettin a double hip replacment. Yet he goes to the dessert and was arguably the beat goalie in the leauge for the whole year, much like brodeur in nj. ( not say brodeur stinks, id just like to see how good he is if he was to play in a different system).

  8. blomfeld - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM


    Both of these men are excellent examples of why it’s been necessary for Gary to “go under the hood” here and repair this bloody league once and for all. Bryzgalov, Luongo and others are nothing more than a bunch of human ENRON CORPORATIONS that will ultimately destroy their respective teams … and that’s a shame. Thanks to some clown like Luongo, Aquilini Entertainment Systems is forced to charge “quadruple” the going market rate for everything from a glass of beer to a paper-mache “replica” Rogers Arena play set. It shouldn’t be this way and with any luck it won’t be for much longer, as Gary is going to straighten things out and teach these people a lesson! The one thing though with Bryzgalov, is that at least the man has a sense of humor. He means well and he makes people happy. With Luongo however, this guy is about as engaging as some cold, wet, dead, fish … and that’s a shame too.

  9. flyeredup202 - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    The flyers thought that moving Bob was going to be a great move and help to ease Brzys mind…… his short stay in the KHL didnt produce stellar numbers…. 12 games 2.13 and .913…… Not shabby…. BUT he was playing in WORLD B league…. KHL… he was not facing NHL caliber talent every start…… Flyers move to get rid of Bob… its going to come back to haunt them, I was a huge Bryz fan when we was signed, hell I loved the guy all season… right up till about Thanksgiving when I was watching him in the KHL and he looks well…… Get ready for a heavy dose of Leighton in philly guys… thank god of there is a season its going to be a short one, because its going to get ugly.

    • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Thank Gary because there will be a season, and we can thank the players for accepting to feel the pain in their wallets.

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