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Report: Bryzgalov to leave KHL, but why is disputed

Dec 30, 2012, 2:15 PM EST

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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.

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