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Bryzgalov’s agent rips Philly’s defensive system

Jun 26, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

Earlier today, Ilya Bryzgalov released a statement through his agent, Ritch Winter, thanking Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed 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.”

The statement set a largely convivial tone after the Flyers announced they would use a compliance buyout on Bryzgalov.

However, we’re not sure we’d say the same about Winter’s tone in a radio interview he just had with Edmonton’s 630 CHED.

As for Bryzgalov’s future, Winter said the Oilers are a team that his client — now free to sign with any of the other 29 teams in the NHL — would consider joining.

Whether there’s any interest on Edmonton’s end — new general manager Craig MacTavish has said he’d like to add another goaltender to push starter Devan Dubnyk — remains to be seen.

  1. timmylaz99 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Yeah, it was the Flyers fault that the puck didn’t hit Bryzgalov before it went into the net!

    Why didn’t Winter apologize to the Flyers for screwing them out of 40 million, by sticking them with a goalie who didn’t seem to give a hoot after he signed his contract.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Winter’s job is to get the most money he can for his client

      What else is there to say? But a job well done

    • bigab56 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      This agent is a JOKE! Complains about defense and lanes/sight lines. When was the last time Bryz stopped a penalty shot, or breakaway, or shootout attempt? No obstructed views there, huh? I hate to rip the guy (Bryz, not Winter), he seems like a good guy even if he is a wackadoo, but the agent’s going to bring a heap nastiness out with this B.S.

      • 950003cups - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Defense was at fault when Bryzgalov shot the puck off of David Clarkson and back in his net. The only player around was Clarkson, and he had all the ice to use, and he chose to shoot it AT THE ON COMING PLAYER. Defense really screwed up there. I’m sure that was what the defensive coach had them all practice all year long.

  2. ray2013 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    The Oilers have a starter who was signed by the previous GM. Mac T hasn’t come out and said it, but it’s clearly implied that he doesn’t see Dubnyk as his #1 goalie long-term. They’ve parted ways with their veteran back-up Khabibulin and they don’t have any clear future #1 in the pipeline.

    He did just make $40 million for two seasons. If he signed a 2 year/$4 – 5 million dollar contract, he’s still laughing financially. He’s a definite upgrade over any other goalie in the Oilers system other than Dubnyk, and he’d be given a real shot to take over the #1 spot with enough time to sign a bigger contract if his career rebounds.

    Even if he couldn’t unseat Dubnyk, he’d sure make Edmonton sporting news a lot more interesting.

    • ray2013 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      On the negative side, one of the perceived problems with the Oilers is a lack of veteran leadership in the locker room, so I don’t know how bringing Bryzgalov in, even as a modestly paid back-up goalie, would help team chemistry.

      But I hope they do it.

  3. 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    “Especially when the goalie in question is physically incapable of making a save.”

  4. narfmoo12 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Wow. There’s so much here. First, Winter must be really desperate because Bryz ripped Winnipeg as a place he’d never play and suddenly Edmonton is in play? Mason didn’t seem to have a problem with the defense in Philly down the stretch. And if you are going to rip on the goalie coach not having any authority, doesn’t that mean HIS client was the problem?

  5. puckmepuckyou - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    He is a douche! His mouth was as big as the hole glove side. Homer should be strung up by his balls for that fiasco. Defense was weak due to injury but Bryz couldn’t make a save 1 on 1 if he was up against mites on ice. The whole bad run was not all his fault just the bad goaltending.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      He may have been pretty bad at times, but this agent also makes a great point. The Philly defensive system BLOWS. That’s been clear for a long time now. The fact that the Flyers haven’t had a good goalie since Ron Hextall isn’t a coincidence. They play a “run and gun” style that leaves their goaltenders out to dry and for some reason people seem to put all of the blame on the goalie. Also no one seems to talk about how they have one of the worst and most powerless goalie coaches in the league. The development of goalies in Philly has been non-existent and the team defense in front of them is no help either. People need to stop blaming the goalies and understand that the system that is in place is not putting them in a position to succeed.

      • narfmoo12 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        You do understand that each coach brings in his own system, right? You also know that Cechmanek, Esche, Biron, Emery, and even Boucher were all successful in Philly since 2000? You don’t? You don’t know anything about hockey? Please stop posting.

      • tdrusher225 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Bite me tool. Fine, I was incorrect in generalizing every coach’s system from the 90s to now. But, the point I was trying to make was not to strictly look at the goaltenders in evaluating a team’s defensive shortcomings. And with Laviolette’s system that is absolutely the case. Also, besides Cechmanek, I don’t recall any of those goalies being successful for any significant period of time.

  6. disp350 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Goodbye and good riddance to both. This is the same agent that talked Ron Hextall into holding out back in 1988 and nearly ruined his career by it. Bryz might be a nice guy and I wish him well, but he is a fundamentally flawed goalie.He could not stop a 1 on 1 (i.e. breakaway, penalty shot or shootout), could not handle the puck (froze anything that came close to the net), and I would guesstimate that over half the goals he allowed in his 2 years were because he plays the worst form of the hated butterfly style I have every seen. All the players knew to shoot high on him cause he was down on his knees so fast.

  7. jaredphi - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Well, f**k you too, Ritch Winter.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I love seeing people especially players/agents rip Philly! I love it!

    • narfmoo12 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      At least the Flyers were smart enough to drop their worthless goalie.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        He’s still worth about $23m, I’d say that’s anything but worthless

    • laxman1944 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      And the rest of the NHL fans love watching The Paper Champion Pittsburgh Penguins CHOKE yet again……….Thank you it was quite nice.

    • 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Not as much as everyone else loves watching your Penguins get completely humiliated.

  9. sunderlanding - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    It’s true. Bryz was good before he got there, and Bob is great now that he’s gone. What’s the common thread? Goalies suck when they’re in Philly.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Steve Mason had an .899 save percentage and 2.95 gaa and was 3-6 in Columbus this year
      He had a .944 save percentage and 1.90 gaa and was 6-1 with the flyers you where saying….

      • 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Fun with small sample sizes doesn’t erase the staggeringly awful career he had in Columbus, with the exact same defense in front of him that Bobrovsky just won the Vezina with. Have fun with Steve Mason when he remembers he’s, you know, Steve Mason.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        He won the Caulder didn’t he?

      • laxman1944 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        So the great goalie search continues…….try once try…try..again.

        The odds are with The Flyers………they’ve got to hit……I mean come on!!!!!!!!!

      • 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        And then spent three straight years with a GAA over 3.00 and a save percentage at or below .901. Again, fun with small sample sizes. He was good for a year here, good for seven games there. And in between, he was awful for three and a half seasons. I’m not betting on a lasting hot streak out of him.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        You could technically make that argument about 10-15 starting goalies in the NHL heck I watched a guy
        with maybe the worst glove hand in the league in Cory Crawford just win the Stanley Cup and if not for a Ray Emry injury wouldn’t have even started the playoffs this is more about Lavy’s system then anything he needs goalies who handle the puck well watch the last two Bruins games the flyers played and watch the first one with Bryz the difference in something as simple as handling the puck was night and day

      • sunderlanding - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        7 games? Let’s see how he does next year. Bryz was good for the first 7 games this year at least. 7 games don’t make you a good goalie.

  10. yougotgirouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I disagree with Winter. I’m sure Bryz had a clear lane and could see the puck well in the shootout. Bryz played with no confidence when faced the breakaway or in the shootout.

    Again, not totally his fault for all the breakaways, but Bryz’s % on stopping a breakaway has to be awful. Im not researching it.

    And pitpenguinsrulez sucks.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Steve mason beat the bruins and rangers more times in his 7 starts then Bryz did in two years
      that’s enough to say this wasn’t working it was time to move on

  11. Nofoolnodrool - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    1975 is a very long time ago …..another year longer for the fans who deserve it even longer.

  12. stakex - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    The Flyers defense really was awful the last couple years, there is no doubt about it. If they were better, Bryz would no doubt have been better.

    With that said, he still didn’t play that good even when you factor the poor defense in. He allowed a lot of very soft goals, and looked awful in the playoffs last year. Again, the defense wasn’t good in the playoffs… but it wasn’t THAT bad.

  13. neelyisgod - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    So you want a good defensive system in front of you, do ya….I think the Bruins might have a void in goal and can make a good goalie even better. Doubt Rask stays here and definitely wont thrive in another system.

    Flame away guys, I really dont care

    • laxman1944 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Totally agree…..well except for that 17 second 2 goals scored against Stanley Cup loss game.

      Other than that they have a darn solid defense……wish Philly had that talent.

  14. mz1394 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Hasek had no D and didn’t cry what a bytch bryz is

  15. jimw81 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Winter: “It’s terrible for goaltenders in Philadelphia.” 90% of the flyers goaltenders problems is the media fault.

  16. mattyo99 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Have fun with that crybaby Edmonton

  17. joelwrobinson - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    It’s gonna be hilarious when Bryz returns to all-star form. Look at every team in all 4 leagues that play in Philly. It’s all the same. No one likes playing there. I wouldn’t be able to focus on my game if I had to play for the people in that city, too.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Well luckily all flyers fans will miss out on your world class skills

    • laxman1944 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Well that was not very nice Joel.

      Do you happen to know every fan of every team that plays in the Great city of Philadelphia ???

      There certainly is some hardcore nut jobs out there (to each his own….God Bless Freedom) but to label ALL of us as……well less……….Not nice at all…

      So that being said you can go right along and jump off The Walt with a nice pair of cement shoes.

      Have a nice day

      The Laxman

  18. mrpinkca - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I recognize that the point of this is to make other GM’s believe in Bryz, but when I read it my mind says “Great goalie if your team is looking to acquire Dave Tippett”

  19. moarjam - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    What’s he whining about? He gets another commission check.

  20. mcdall20 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Exactly what defensive system is to blame when you cannot stop a penalty shot to save your life?

  21. jkaflagg - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Notice that Bryz didn’t say anything except thanks to the Flyers…..this seems to be the agent whining so that his client doesn’t get the heat….

    Unfortunately, as many of these comments make clear, people don’t differentiate between the player and his mouthpiece – the player is branded as a malcontent who would not fit into a winning team’s locker room. Whatever his motivation, Rich Winter should know better…Bryz is set for life as far as money goes, but if he wants to play for a good hockey team, that just got a little harder…..

  22. dawglb - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Just like every girl who gets dumped…… The boyfriend is a loser, no good,…
    Then why so hurt?

  23. crazemastercraze - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Waaahhhh, my client just made millions for totally sucking at his job, waaaahhhh!

  24. crazemastercraze - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Bryzgolov’s agent has spent to much time around Flyers fans, he’s delusional too. It’s like a disease!

  25. girouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    We’re pretty bad at the moment. Dont see another wonderful season ahead..

  26. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    The agent may come off as rough and rude but he is right. The Flyers’ D was porous at best and Coach Lavi’s ‘Run ‘n Gun’ system didn’t help. The Flyers need to bolster their blueline first. Getting Bobby Ryan or Brad Richards isn’t going to put this team in a position to win a SC.

  27. sizzle299 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    This article is BS… Can we get a transcript or audio instead of a second hand twitter recounting by some dude I never heard of? I will judge for myself what he said and how he meant it. Lazy article.

  28. proudliberal85392 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Maybe he’ll come back to Phoenix. (snark alert!)

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  30. pmonte3122 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    If there’s one city that deserves a cup it’s buffalo, not Philly.

  31. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Bryz gave up lots of soft goals. His stats in. Phoenix and Philly not really all that different. He was never a top 3-5 goalie but Homey paid him like he was Brodeur in his prime. Bryz has alot of holes in his game. When u sign a guy like that and the guy you dump wins a Vezina same season you dump him. You need to go yourself Holmie. Oh yea lets not forget our latest saviour was dumped for the guy we dumped. Amazing

  32. desertfan - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Here comes Luiiiiii

  33. kingsforever - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    This guy was a King killer in PHX then in PHI he could not stop a beach ball.

    Winters is right

  34. chrisk61 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    bryzgalov with his salary, pedigree (SC ring with ana) and veteran experience shouldn’t have really needed to rely much on a goalie coach. reese’s skill has been questioned in philly, but it would only apply to a young to mid career goalie. also philly def was bad. in particular 2 high priced guys — coburn and meszaros – -were real disappointments. the latter may get a pass though due to injuries. with all that being said, bryzgalov was inconsistent at best. he couldn’t string together 60 minutes of solid goaltending. he would play very well for 30-40 minutes but as soon as he gave up that first goal, he tanked and was good for 1-2 more. he need to carry the D, and make them better, rather than rely on the D. that should have come with the territory with his huge contract. good bye bryzgalov. another example of a russian getting paid and tanking, which was a precedent set by alexei yashin with the isles.

  35. bryz22 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Yea the flyers defense told bryz, if the puck comes at you just duck and give up the goal..

  36. kodi72 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    “The Flyers are 24-42 lifetime in shootouts.

    Bryzgalov won just 3 of 8 shootouts last year and is now 23-28 lifetime.”
    (from a 3/16/13 article on

    That’s where the goalie is ALLLLL alone out there with no pesty forwards or defensemen to block his sight lanes.

    Brz and 99% of all former Flyer’s goalies have SUCKED at this. That shows you we just haven’t had a quality goalie here in forever. If the goalies were good, ala Brodeur and Lundquist, and it was solely a problem with a system, the goalies would still shine in 1 on 1 situations. That hasn’t happened.

    So take your money and your crappy attitude and your LOUSY agent and don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.

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