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Bryzgalov releases statement, thanks those who helped him ‘through some very dark days’

Jun 26, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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Via CSN Philly, a statement from former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, released through his agent Ritch Winter:

“As my family and I move forward to meet the new challenges ahead, I could not leave Philadelphia without publicly thanking Mr. Snider for the faith he showed in me when he committed to the long term contract that has secured my family’s financial future and acknowledging his passion for the game of hockey. Jeniya and I really appreciate his faith in me and what he has done for our family. Mr. Snider has an amazing energy for the deals he does and for winning. Hockey fans in this area should consider themselves lucky to have the team they cheer for led by a man who is as passionate about winning and doing whatever it takes to win as Flyers’ fans are. Getting to know Mr. Snider, has been a great experience. To see his passion for this game has been inspiring.

“I am grateful for teammates, to management and fans for the support I felt from so many of them through some very dark days and difficult situations. I have made many friends here – on the team, in the organization, among the media and throughout the community. Don’t ever think that I didn’t appreciate the kind comments of support made in the media by teammates and management and in private by so many very nice people I met on the streets of Philadelphia and in the surrounding area.

“I appreciate this experience more than many of you will know. I will learn from it. I have always said that a heavy sword makes a very strong arm. I intend to take this experience with me to my new team, to help me be stronger – a better player and, hopefully, a better person. At the end of the day, that is the challenge we all need to wrestle with.

“I look forward to the bright future ahead, but will never forget my time with the Philadelphia Flyers. For this time and this experience, I am grateful. “

Winter added (in all-caps, no less):

“FOR FURTHER COMMENT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO WALK UP TO ILYA BRYZGALOV NEXT YEAR AT TRAINING CAMP. HE AND HIS ADVISORS WILL HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENT UNTIL THAT TIME.”

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Bye-bye Bryzgalov: Flyers will use compliance buyout

Holmgren: ‘Costly mistake’ resulted in Bryzgalov buyout, largest in NHL history

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  1. 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    “… but seriously, f*ck the Flyers, man. What, do I have to sacrifice a goat for some defensemen around here?”

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Nice comments from Bryz. He should have showed as much humility rather than being controversial during his tenure with the Flyers. Yep! Live and learn young man!

  3. jaredphi - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Very professional press release. I do wish him success in his future endeavors.

  4. brainoflindros - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Yeah, very professional until the last part added by his arrogant agent in all CAPS!
    Wishful thinking about training camp.
    I hope he has no option but to go back to the KHL.

    • barkar942 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      He will be going home to Russia.

  5. yougotgirouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Interesting that he had nothing to say about Lavy, especially considering the fact he always has something to say…

    It was not all his fault for our failures here. I would definitely put more blame on the D. It was not his fault when we lost to Jersey in 5. Bryz was also one of our better players throughout the course of this season, especially playing the amount of minutes he played. Often we left a player wide open in front of the net and Bryz was left out to dry.

    But he was paid to be the best goalie in hockey and he never even came close to that. I dont think for him to come close to that is out of the question for the fans to ask. He gave up a ton of soft goals and a lot of daggers when we were down by one late in games. Again not all his fault for everything, but he does deserve some of the blame

    • girouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      way to steal my username

  6. maalea - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Classy exit.

  7. therealtrenches - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    He lays it on so thick it seems like he doesn’t mean a word of it.

    I’m glad that chapter is over.

    What a head case.

  8. crazemastercraze - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    “Don’t ever think that I didn’t appreciate the kind comments of support made in the media by teammates and management and in private by so many very nice people I met on the streets of Philadelphia and in the surrounding area……..except the poor black people and Hispanics who don’t want to work and just want to live in squalor and live off welfare. All the rich white people: love you guys”

  9. girouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    do svidaniya

  10. moarjam - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Should have never been signed to that contract to begin with.

    How does Holmgren still have a job?

    Am I missing something? All I’ve seen on here is flyer fans vehemently defending the moves he made. To me, the flyers are MUCH further away from the cup than the last time the hawks were having a parade.

    I’m not trolling. Flyer fans are great. They love their team and are very passionate. I just don’t get the blind support for this guy.

    • dku5 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      No offense, but you have to really see the magic in the long contracts and think as CFO on an NHL budget. 51 million for 9 years is large. Combined, it is $5.6 million a year for an NHL team. More over, after the buyout, the contract is $1.6 per year. Again it is perspective: $1.6 is <2% of the cap.

  11. withseidelinn - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    The guy has always been a class act. Gained a lot of respect for him just by reading that. He deserves to play for a team with fans that aren’t as ruthless as Flyers fans.

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