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Bryzgalov: Journalists don’t pay me; why should they care what I make?

May 9, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov Getty Images

Not long after telling Philadelphia reporters what he thought of them face-to-face, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov shared some more thoughts on the media that covers him on a daily basis in the NHL.

Via Puck Daddy, Bryzgalov told SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov and KHL.RU’s Alexander Shevchenko that there’s no point worrying about what’s written and said about him, since the media “need to have a goalie who is at fault for everything. It has always been like this and it will always be like this.”

Bryzgalov also suggested reporters shouldn’t care that he makes a lot of money, even if those reporters think his play has been sub-par.

“They, journalists, are not the ones who should be worried when the price doesn’t reflect the quality,” he said. “The management should be worried about that, and not journalists. They are not the ones paying me out of their pocket.”

Then he said some stuff about space.

PS — Bryzgalov knows there’s a salary cap, right? And that his salary affects what moves management can make? Which is why reporters write about how much he makes?

  1. phillyphannn83 - May 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Can we amnesty him or something? Pleeeeeeaaasseeeeeee????

  2. chicagobtech - May 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    “PS — Bryzgalov knows there’s a salary cap, right? And that his salary affects what moves management can make? Which is why reporters write about how much he makes?”

    I’m willing to bet that management is well aware of what the players are being paid. It’s not like these sports journalists are investigative journalists digging up secrets.

  3. myroncopesflask - May 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Love that this guy just doesn’t give fiddlers F@ck about what the media is going to write about him. I wish every player in every sport had this attitude. Sports writers used to be the only way for fans to get an idea what the player is thinking. Now the media is only looking to bait the player into saying something they can roast them over it. Now the sports writers are simply an obstacle between the fans and players.

    • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Dam right on that one Myron……..f*cking leetches

    • ballistictrajectory - May 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Thumbs up for that one!

    • coopjr - May 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Yep, right there says it all.

    • thesableo - May 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      I agree…but it’s important to keep in mind that in spite of his admirably independent attitude, nothing Bryz says makes sense.

    • steelwarriors55 - May 9, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Yeah well if he doesnt care why is he always talking to them? He runs his mouth and act like he doesnt care but he knows everything they write…doesnt sound like someone who doesnt care to me

  4. johnstone17 - May 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I’m sure he’s aware there is a salary cap. Nobody forced Paul Holmgren to spend Ed Sniders money so poorly.

    • 950003cups - May 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      He was a FA. He hit the open market and obviously he had strong offers. If nobody wanted to pay him a lot then why would Holmgren pay that rate? I’ll bet he wishes he took a bit less money on the 2nd best offering team and didn’t have this media circus attacking him.

  5. bcsteele - May 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    If spent more time working on his game rather than bashing the media I bet he could be pretty good once again.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Pennsylvania Hockey Talks continues with yet another story between the Pens and Flyers. Atleast both teams have something in common which is that they both have issues/controversy with their number one goalies.

    • 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Except the Pens weren’t mentioned once in this article – and curiously, I haven’t seen you post this complaint in any recent article that DOES mention their name. Just be honest and admit you’re beaking because it’s talking about the Flyers, please.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Well glad to know that you follow my posts on here. Sure id love to rant on the Flyers but why rant when its another article on Bryzaster with his same story.

    • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Just cut bait with this one…….but I fear he may be back…..ugh..

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Who may be back?

  7. sgtr0c - May 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Hey Bryz, I am a paying Flyers fan who is disappointed in last seasons outcome. I pay the owners, so they can pay you, and the journalist are the people who give me reports. Give the media their space to do their job for me and I will continue to give money to the owners to pay you. Start worrying about your play and the media will move on to others.

    • johnstone17 - May 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      You have a choice not to go.

      • manchestermiracle - May 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Game tickets are hardly the only way owners make money in sports. The cable/satellite money is huge and everyone who wants to see a game pays. Reporters are the link between players and fans whether the players like it or not. Bryz needn’t worry about a career in public relations when he retires, that’s for sure.

      • sgtr0c - May 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Actually, if he has a gripe, he has a choice not play also. He could be a farmer or something. The difference is I do pay to watch, he gets paid.

  8. travishenryskid - May 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I was more interested in what he had to say about space. Can you report that part please?

  9. philly4lyfe - May 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I don’t think he likes playing in philly. I wouldn’t be suprised if he keeps mouthing off like this hoping he can fprce the flyers to amnesty him. especially since as I understand it, he’d still get paid a decent percentage of his massive contract. the only benefit to the flyers is it wouldn’t coint against their cap.

  10. mclovinhockey - May 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    -Bryz was a veznia finalist,
    -Came to Philly
    -Had a good year that he was competing with a current veznia finalist for the starter job.
    -Started this year off playing fantastic.
    -Never really got a break.
    -Got tired
    -Philly gets a decent back up
    -They go on a winning streak with two good goalies now that Bryz was able to get a few games off.
    – Now people think Philly should get rid of him?

    Ill keep him, if not Philly is screwed next year.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      There was no competition between Bob and Bryz for the starters job. It was handed to Bryz, and he essentially played himself out of the #1 spot at times. Bob was given a good amount of starts bc Bryz was so underwhelming. They told us coming into this season that Bryz is better with a large workload, as opposed to splitting time. Then he struggles again. Yes he was absolutely fatigued, but his final years in Phoenix he started 65, 69, and 68 games. That’s a lot of starts and he was still very productive. He’s used to starting every night. The compressed schedule and subpar defense were certainly factors but I don’t think anyone can argue Bryz has to be better. He’s gonna get one more season, and if he puts up similar numbers I don’t want to hear anymore excuses for his play.

      And at the end of the season Mason totally outplayed a rested Bryzgalov. This is just my opinion but I thought the team played much more confidently with Mason in net because they didn’t have to worry about every little mistake ending up in the back of the net.

  11. 950003cups - May 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    The media needs to grow a pair of stones and instead of ridiculing the goaltender, how about exposing that Philly needs to replace Pronger. Their defense of offensive (no pun intended)

  12. blomfeld - May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    The thing that really pisses me off about this parasite Bryzgalov is the fact that Vladislav Treteik is my favorite hockey player of all time. Same thing goes for Ovechkin, who’s a complete disgrace when compared to the ‘greatness, humility & decency’ which was Valeri Kharlamov !

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