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Bryzgalov: I don’t care if Flyers buy me out

Apr 10, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov doesn’t sound overly concerned about his future in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, the Flyers goalie was asked about the possibility of the club using an amnesty buyout on his nine-year, $51 million deal — of which he’s played two seasons and earned $16.5 million in salary.

Here’s what Bryz had to say about a potential buyout, courtesy the South Jersey Courier Post:

“To be honest, I don’t care,” he said. “Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”

Bryzgalov was asked if he’d like to be a Flyer next season.

“You know, I have no control in this,” he said. “I can’t read the people’s mind. I can’t project things what they’re thinking, that’s why I’m not worried about things I can’t control.

“I maybe want one thing and they want a different thing.”

Sounds promising!

Clubs have been granted two compliance buyouts over the course of the next two seasons (though they must occur within a certain offseason window), and Bryzgalov is certainly a candidate.

The Flyers have $66 million committed to 20 players already for next season, and need to get to the $64.3 million cap ceiling.

That said, the decision to buy out Bryzgalov won’t be taken lightly by GM Paul Holmgren or owner Ed Snider. According to CapGeek, buying Bryzgalov out would cost $23 million spread over 14 years — that’s a pretty price to pay someone to not play for your team.

Finally, and on a related note, we should mention that a rumor’s making the rounds claiming Bryzgalov fell asleep during a team meeting on Monday.

This may have played a part in Steve Mason getting the starting nod for Philly’s all-important game against the Isles (which they lost, 4-1), though CSN Philadelphia’s CSN Sarah Baicker reports most expected Mason to get the start regardless of Bryzgalov’s (alleged) napping habits.

Update: Here’s Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer about the Bryzgalov sleeping rumor…

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Actually you CAN effect it. Play better to justify your salary or take a pay cut to reflect your abilities. That would show you want to remain in Philly.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Yeah I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he probably wants to leave Philly.

      • JoeAvg - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        From the picture this article paints, I’d say that’s a pretty thick branch you’re on.

      • sjshark714 - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        To be fair… yes… he would have to be an idiot NOT to want out of there. But, what goalie will want to replace him? It seems abundantly clear that talented netminders are able to excel both before AND after playing for Philly but not during. So… what’s the plan… go get another goalie in their prime, pay him too much, ruin him, and buy him out again? And that’s assuming said goalie is willing to go there in the first place. If Bryz is a bad locker room guy then deal him. Otherwise you keep him (because replacing him will be difficult and we all know he CAN play), solve the real problem which is the defense/defensive system, and make Bryz feel at home. As an outsider it seems like the controversy in Philly is always the Flyers vs. Bryz… where as in Phoenix he was treated like the second coming… and he had good defense… and good coaching.

      • ml3939 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        @sjshark714, besides what Bob is doing now in Columbus, what goalie have gone on to great success upon leaving the Flyers? Emery left due to an injury and played well for the brief period of time he was here. Boucher had an impressive 6 game run in Phoenix but was nothing more than a part time goalie beyond that.

    • 19to77 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      But that’s his point – why would he want to? They hang him out to dry half the time, the media, fans and his own teammates ridicule and disrespect him (which, to be fair, is at least partly deserved for how awful he is sometimes) and he’s given basically no support from anyone in the entire organization. He’s the martyr they hang their collective failings on, and he’s rightly sick of it. He’s not the only reason the Flyers suck this year – he’s just the one they talk about the most. And he’s obviously as tired of being blamed for everything as they are of his play.

      • 19to77 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        To be clear, he’s an awful goaltender most of the time, and a major reason in a lot of ugly losses. But at times this season he’s been their literal best player and still not broken out of bad losing streaks. The problem is, everyone still hangs that around his neck, even if he clearly isn’t always the problem. Their D is terrible this year. No goalie can excel with crap defense.

      • irishphilly87 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        His players hang him out to dry? Um what exactly has anyone said in a negative light about Bryz? He’s the one that criticizes and opens his mouth all the time. He’s a goof. Goof’s dont win. I’m sick of him. Bryz stinks. This is a Flyers fan who watches every game and I watch him continously give up weak goals. Granted defense stinks too, but Hasek, Roy, Broduer wouldnt allow 3,4,5 goals a game consistantly. It seems like everytime the Flyers score Bryz gives up a goal within 5 minutes to tie it up or be further behind. I’m tired of his play on the ice, i’m tired of his personality off the ice. He doesn’t fit Philadelphia, he can’t handle it here and they absolutely have to amnesty him this summer. He makes too much money for what a mediocre goalie could do for you. The Flyers better make a run at Luongo in the summer. He definitely is going to get traded, and Mason is not the answer. Dont waste another 2 or 3 years on Mason when Luongo is out there and available. The price shouldnt be too steep.

  2. trbowman - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    “According to CapGeek, buying Bryzgalov out would cost $23 million spread over 14 years — that’s a pretty price to pay someone to not play for your team.”

    Sievegalov is worth the price.

  3. ibieiniid - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    well now that you said it to the media…. prepare to be bought out.

  4. JoeAvg - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Off day today Mike? The update doesn’t contain a link.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      I embedded the tweet.

      • Mike Halford - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Oh, it’s possible the embed tweet isn’t showing up for you. I’ve added the link to Carchidi’s tweet.

      • jimw81 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Mike you need to retract or remove the story about Bryz sleeping through a team meeting. the website you stole was confirmed not to be true

      • Mike Halford - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        The website linked to passed along a report from 97.5 The Fanatic radio in Philly. As you’ll see in the post, I have updated with a follow-up report from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi about Kimmo Timonen denying the report.

      • jimw81 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        I’m just saying the creditability of the website is at task. it has a tmz like format to it and has history of posting pictures of athletes outside the arena in the public arena and ever covers the inside workings of the teams in philly.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        hey Mike, we here at PHT tolerate a little bit of response trollery. go ahead, re-troll him about how a writer referencing somebody else’s article is not “stealing.”

        hell, it’s what the AP lives by.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        excuse me, “We here at the PHT comments section.”

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Next article will be Bryz saying he did not mean it how it sounds.

  6. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Nobody should be surprised by this. Why would he want to stay? He’s overplayed, the fans don’t like him, they’re not winning, and he gets paid either way. I’m by no means saying it is okay or right to give up on your team mid-way through a contract you signed, but put yourself in his shoes and see his situation. He went from probably the worst and most relaxed fanbase in the league to what is arguably the most critical American franchise in all of sports. Flyers fans are probably the most loyal US fans in the NHL, but that does not dismiss the fact they are absolutely BRUTAL and beat under-performing players to a pulp until they either get good or get out. It’s like a marriage. If it isn’t working you should try and give your best effort to fix it, but sometimes it just doesn’t work and when staying is worse than leaving you have to just let it go. If Bryz has decided that he’s happy with the way he plays and doesn’t think he’s as big of a problem as he’s made out to be, then I think him and the Flyers should just go their separate ways before it gets ugly and they force him to leave.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      speaking as a Flyers fan, I don’t blame Bryz completely for the situation… but my distaste for management signing him to that big of a contract sometimes comes out when I evaluate him as a player. I think a lot of people do the same.

  7. stakex - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I think its at least even money that Bryzgalov is bought out after the season, but in fairness to him in this situation… whats he suppose to say in response to that question? You can’t expect him to say “Yup, I suck… they are going to buy me out, no doubt about it”.

    He has to try and sound at least a little diplomatic because this summer he might well be looking for a new job, and downtalking yourself or trash talking your current team looks bad on a resume. Saying that he doesn’t care since he has no control over the situation is a pretty middle of the road response to be honest, and I think a lot of people are going to read way too much into it.

    • Jason Brough - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      He could say, “I don’t want to be bought out. I signed in Philadelphia to play hockey and win games. That’s still my intention.” Then maybe something about space travel.

    • tfaltin - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      This was a diplomatic way to say “Please buy me out, I would rather not be here.” Maybe Columbus needs a goalie. Oh, no?

  8. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    The Bryzzzz report…that was funny

    In all honesty – ok they buy him out (and it looks like they’ll need to, it’s too long a contract to deal with this) and let’s say they buy out Briere b/c they can and he hasn’t produced enough to merit it. Who do you go after? There aren’t many defensive UFA’s coming up that are young guys you’d want to build around…so if it needs to be a trade, who do you trade?

    It’s an odd situation. It was almost like a partial rebuild last year, and it worked beautifully, last year. I still think (despite the standings and the fact that they are 13th in G/G) they have enough offensive talent to be damn scarey if they are left to mature (and quit the Broadstreet Bully act – no disrespect intended). But who do you trade offensively to get better defensively, and for WHO?

    I’m hoping the Pens lock up Murray for another few years – after seeing him hit Boyle, I’d hate to see him fall into the wrong hands….

  9. President Charles Logan - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    just get it over with and buy him out as soon as possible, there’s no reason to go round in circles about this guy. he wasnt a good fit for philadelphia right from day one . chalk it up as a mistake that snider pressured holmgren into pursuing.

  10. heyzeus143 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Knock knock, oh this is fun, go pens

  11. forebr01 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    To be honest, Bryz has not been their biggest problem this year. He has not been great but the defense has been awful in front of him. Mason is awful and has ever since his rookie year but I understand getting rid of Bryz’s contract….if you are going to start a bad goalie, at least don’t make it cost a bunch.

  12. jimw81 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    a player sleeping through a team meeting is the dumbest thing i never heard but i shocked it took bryz this long to figure out he’s getting brought out.

  13. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    This is the kind of stuff that makes it easy to understand why his former teammates in Phoenix bashed him as soon as he left. Has he gotten the necessary support? No, but he’s also shown that he’s mentally weak. He basically pouts when he doesn’t get his way eventhough he tries to cover it up with humor. Just look at the way he handled the Winter Classic benching. Blame for this debacle can be spread to management and the team for their defensive performance, but Bryz never seems to help things. He just exacerbates the problem. And to boot he’s an average goalie. Holmgren and Snider made a major misstep, but even with hefty buyout cost I don’t think they will hesitate to say good riddance.

  14. capsfan19 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Bring back leighton! Ga ha ha

  15. Brian - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    I won’t believe that he’s getting bought out until Holmgren comes out and states that he’s definitely staying.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      lmao nice

  16. xflyersx - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Ilya Sievegalov

  17. sjsharks66 - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Every night it is Bryz vs the entire opposing team. Who can blame him for wanting to leaving? The flyers defense is lazy and they leave him out to dry every night.

    I would take him on the sharks. Nemo and Bryz playing back up to each other? Sounds amazing.

  18. crazemastercraze - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    “I don’t care if Flyers buy me out”. Couldn’t be any more obvious, dude!

  19. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Luongo and Bryz have arguably the two worst contracts for a goalie in this league. If the Flyers were smart they’d go find a young promising goaltender either in the draft, if theres anyone in it that’s worth it, or they search through free agency and find someone who they could build around. As for their defense they need to come to their senses that Pronger wont be coming back, even if he did whose to say that hed be the same force on the blue line that he once was with St. Louis and Anaheim etc. Kimo isn’t getting any younger either. If they want a top 2 defensemen they’ll have to part with a player like Couts or Laughton just to get what they need. Their salary cap situation doesn’t help either. Its going to be an interesting offseason for the Flyers to say the least.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM


      • irishphilly87 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        DiPietro is garbage. He’ll be on the Jersey Shore before hes on the Flyers

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        irishphilly, i wasnt insinuating rick d. was going to be a flyer, i was just adding to the list of goalies with long term horrible contracts that pittzpenguinsrulez posted

    • JoeAvg - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      They know Pronger’s not coming back. But on LTIR they can hide his cap hit, if he retires they can’t. So they just have an agreement with him not to retire until it doesn’t matter. Underhanded? Perhaps. Against the intent of the rule? Definitely. Wrong? Yes. Smart? You bet!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      The Flyers are fully aware that Pronger will never play again, but he can’t retire or the Flyers would lose the LTIR exception. I absolutely believe that Holmgren will do whatever is necessary to get a top notch dman, even if it costs couturier and whatever else. As long as it’s been a year then lookout for Shea Weber. As for drafting a goalie… they got a 2nd rd for Bob and then picked a college Goalie Anthony Stolarz. Stolarz is 6’5″ with excellent athleticism. He moved to the OHL for the London Knights and completely stole their starting job. He’s become the best goalie in the OHL. In fact he just had a shutout in a playoff series. Bottom line is he’s the goalie of the future, he’s been referred to by scouts as the next Pekka Rinne. But he wont be NHL-ready for 2-4 years. So they need someone to fill the void til Stolarz is ready

  20. ndrick731 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Flyers biggest problem isn’t Bryz. Bruno Gervais, Kurtis Foster, Eric Gustafsson , 3 at best minor league defensive along with Braydon Coburn the 6’5 220 lb. player who never saw a check who he couldn’t avoid are the biggest problem. That being said Bryz is making too much money for what he gives you.

  21. ml3939 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Could this be an issue where his limits with the English language left him with a limited response that may not truly convey what he meant? Maybe he meant to say he is not going to concern himself (and this part came out as i don’t care) with the buyout because it is out of his control. Just a thought.

  22. blackhawks2010 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    The albatross around the neck of the Flyers. It’s a shame, they have some talent.

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