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Bryzgalov’s agent talks about client’s iffy future in Philly

Jun 22, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov AP

Ilya Bryzgalov‘s future in Philadelphia is in doubt, that much we know.

After seeing Mark Streit agree to a lucrative new deal with the Flyers and Danny Briere bought out out of the final two years of his contract, Bryzgalov might be the next to be paid to go away.

Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, tells Sportsnet 960 in Calgary (via Frank Servalli of – worth a read as he tears the duo apart) that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will give him a heads up if something is going down.

“Paul has also been candid enough to say, ‘Never say never. I don’t know what I’m going to be offered at some point, so I’m not going to guarantee you anything, except that I will give you plenty of warning if I do so,’ ” Winter told Sportsnet radio.

So what if, as the Flyers decide to keep him around? Winter says his client is up for the challenge.

“At the end of the day, he would rather look face-first into that storm and face the challenge and make the changes necessary for the goaltending to be part of the success Philadelphia has, rather than run away from it. Ilya Bryzgalov is a lot of things, but he’s not afraid of a challenge.”

Safe to say the Philly drama is only just starting to pick up. The next couple weeks should be a real hoot.

  1. c1md6 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Philly also known as the goaltending graveyard.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      This idea that going to Philly destroys a goalies career is a major misconception. Just because the Flyers haven’t had a 10-yr franchise goalie recently doesn’t mean they haven’t had any success in net.

      Ron Hextall was successful several times, right up until he retired, right after taking the team to finals in 97. Vanbiesbrouck, altho being the wrong choice (CuJo), actually had two solid years before his job was stolen by Boucher, a hotshot rookie. Boucher’s job was then stolen by Cechmanek, who posted 3 straight years of around (an NHL-leading) 2.00GAA and .920+SV%. Esche then took the job and had one impressive season before splitting time with Niittymaki, who had one decent year himself. Then came the 06-07 debacle, before Marty Biron posted two solid years. Ray Emery came in and was actually doing really well before his hips gave out. And that’s what led to the shaky reliance on a combination of Boucher and Leighton. Altho Leighton wasn’t terrible during the Cup run (besides the heartbreaking Kane goal). Then Bobrovsky posted a solid rookie season, before his somewhat customary second-half collapse in the playoffs. And his confidence was dashed even more with the dastardly acquisition of Bryz. So although the position has been a revolving door, it is not as goalies haven’t enjoyed some success. The likes of Cechmanek, Boucher, Esche, Niittymaki, and Leighton all enjoyed career years here. But the fleeting success is what makes the potential of Bernier and/or Mason so enticing… the possibility of having a fixture in net. And what Bryz was supposed to be.

      • dirt2013 - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        Goalies don’t go to Philly to die but rather just suck.They can play better in another city / town / team.Philly is like a condensed version of New Jersey.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Marty Biron and Ray Emery were really good during their short stints in Philly. Actually under rated imo.

        Roman Cechmanek was good for about a year from what I remember then turned into a mental midget

        Robert Ecshe was soft , slow and wasnt a goalie that could carry a team far in the Playoffs.. the best highlight of him is when he went postal vs Buffalo like back in 04 was it?

        Boooosh was just … booosh , he never goes away.. kind of reminds me of the kid that gets sent away to college and then always drops out and winds up moving back in with his parents .

        Didnt Garth Snow and Ron Hextall share duties en route to the 97 Finals? I’m only asking 77 not making a challenging argument over it

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Yeah Hextall was a split starter for some of his final years in philly. He shared some starts with Snow, Burke, and the Beezer. But he was technically the #1. And I’m not saying all those guys were great, I’m just saying they didn’t all collapse on arrival in Philadelphia. Cechmanek was an all-star once or twice, he just came up real small in the playoffs. Esche and Niittymaki were serviceable starters. We haven’t had that legitimate all-star but you don’t make the playoffs 18 out 20 yrs if you’re not competant in net. There’s too much made of this goaltending curse… I mean we’ve had terrible luck, like Bernie Parent getting hit in the eye w puck, and ending his HOF career too early. Pelle lindberg wins a vezina as the Flyers fall to the oilers dynasty. Then Lindberg dies in an accident that summer. Terrible luck, But a lot of the issues are due to poor personnel choices by Bob Clarke. Been a lot of bad choices, but Bernier could be the the right one.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        If the Flyers get Bernier …I bet he wins the #1 job over Mason

      • narfmoo12 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        Hey habib! Can we do some research before talking? Cechmanek had 3 good years. Esche took the flyers to game 7 of the conference finals.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        i didnt realize or I forgot that esche was the goalie in that tampa series narfmoo, my mistake …. fire away

      • coronakid76 - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Isn’t the Goalie the last line of defense??? If our Goalie’s are being lit up maybe the problem lies with our D men. Doesn’t help that they are all injury prone and a step slower then everybody else!!! Timmo is always taking a penalty for being beat out to the puck….Coburn just needs a little pressure put on him and he will cough up the puck!!! Mezaros is playing to not get hurt (cause he is not having a good run with the Achilles n Shoulder problems) Granted Bryz has a tendency to let up a soft goal more then he should but you can’t put all the blame on him. He is a 30 win goalie! He obviously can win a lot of games! We are just too porous in our own defensive zone and need to keep some of those speed guys from the phantoms (Gustaffson, manning) and just develp them and retain them!!! Lauridson is another Coburn just younger, cheaper and a better offensive upside!!! They D started to step it up when it was too late but was also manned by 3 phantoms players!!! Let Coburn, Mez and Lila go and sign who we have long term now. Until our Defense is figured out I doubt any goalie will have success here!!

    • docvegas - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      i don’t know who is a bigger cancer for the flyers, bryzgalov or holmgren?

  2. ray2013 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I thought under the new CBA each team was given two buyouts that would allow the teams to take two players completely off the books. But beyond those two, they could buy a player out and a small portion of their cap hit would be dead money to get player X off their active roster. Is there a third player that could be bought out by the Flyers, one whose cap hit would be dead money on the cap going forward?

    • ray2013 - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      I ask in the context of this article, because it seems pretty clear that Briere and Bryzgalov are two buyouts that will taken completely off the books, but then that still leaves the door open for another buyout, one that would see a small amount of dead money on the Flyers’ cap.

      • killerpgh - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM Put in whoever’s name you want and it will show you what there cap penalty will be and for how long if the Flyers would happen to use more than their 2 compliance buyouts.

      • ray2013 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        I appreciate that, but I was actually wondering if there was a leading candidate for a third buyout. Anyone on the chopping block?

  3. bensawesomeness - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    “It’s never not boring in Philadelphia.”

    So, it’s boring in Philly?

    Double Negatives. Really simple stuff.

  4. crazemastercraze - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Season four of “The Walking Dead” will star and revolve around Ilya Bryzgolov

    • barkar942 - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      There was a famous TV show called The Twilight Zone.
      I think we can create a new show called The Bryz Zone.
      We can all take a look inside his mind at his thoughts of the universe and tigers and the media while he is playing goal and ducking at the shot that came at him because he was thinking about pretty tigers.
      (Adding the media to this list makes it now an TV Mature rating for all of the bloodshed).

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      He’s replacing Merle Dixon!

  5. flyeredup - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Holmgren is the problem.

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      I disagree , he goes out and tries to reel in the big fish every summer… whether he fails or not least he’s ballsy and not ultra conservative

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Wow surprisingly agree with you here. Holmgrens made some questionable moves but atleast he’s always doing what he can to get this team better. He knows the problem is defense and goaltending so he’s clearly attacking those areas.

  6. matthewmacisaac - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Bryz is a good goalie but it won’t work in Philly because he has to deal with the media and they have gotten into his head. He responds poorly and, for that reason, should be bought out. His “I don’t care” response should have sealed the deal.

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