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Report: Bryzgalov has interest from KHL expansion club (Updated)

Jul 26, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov has reportedly drawn interest from Admiral Vlaidvostok of the Kontinental Hockey League, according to Russian news outlet Sport Express.

Based on a Google translation of the piece, Admiral’s president — longtime NHLer Alex Mogilny — says the ex-Flyers netminder has been invited to join his expansion club (Admiral will begin its first season of KHL play in 2013-14), but concedes it might not have the necessary funds to sign Byrzgalov.

Here’s the translation:

Q: Olympic list Zinetula Bilyaletdinov saw? It does not have goalie Bryzgalov …

Mogilny: List seen. And about Bryzgalov can only say good words. A great goalkeeper. You do not have to hang on him all the dogs for the defeat at the World Cup.

Q: But in “Philadelphia,” his case was abysmal …

Mogilny: Who told you that? You know how many games last season, he won and how many lost? Saying that his contract bought out – so it’s financial policy of the American team. Bryzgalov is now without a club, and I am pleased to have invited him to “Admiral”.

However, we are not a rich club, so I do not know whether he will accept our terms and conditions.

The “Olympic list” bit is in reference to Bryzgalov not being one of the five goalies named to Russia’s selection roster. Three NHLers were — Sergei Bobrovsky, Semyon Varlamov, Evgeni Nabokov — along with KHL Metallurg’s Vasily Koshechkin and AK Bars’ Konstantin Barulin.

UPDATE: According to Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov, some context appears to have been lost in translation. Mogilny apparently said the club would be interested in Bryzgalov (or a netminder of his calibre), but no formal offer had been tabled.

  1. President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM


  2. thenewraoulduke - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    is hanging dogs a russian expression or does that translation just really suck?

  3. sergeikremlin - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I expect Bryzgalov to get the same type of 1-year offer that Alex Semin received with the Canes, and a nice extension if he plays well (both on and off the ice). If I had to guess, I would say Edmonton, Florida, and Calgary are likely destinations.

    Can’t see him going to the KHL, especially considering this is not a rich team and he was just shunned by his country for the Olympic tryout team.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      It’s no surprise to me that Bryz has garnered next to no NHL interest (atleast reported interest). He’s not ideal for a backup role. Most GMs want a veteran backup that won’t rock the boat and will impart knowledge on the starter, if he’s a young guy. And those aren’t exactly Bryzgalov’s strong suits. He and Bob did not get along, especially when Bob was taking his starts. I just don’t see any NHL GM taking a flyer on a guy that could be a major distraction and a lockerroom cancer. He’d fit perfectly on a KHL expansion team bc he’s a notable name and he probably wouldn’t have much competition.

      I certainly don’t see Florida being interested as they wouldn’t Bryz to poison the mind of Markstrom. Plus they don’t wanna spend money. Edmonton already has Labarbera and Dubynk on one-way deals. And signing Bryz would go against Calgary’s youth movement. Feaster just overpaid Ramo to be the new starter and Macdonald/Berra will compete for the backup job. There’s no room in the NHL for Bryz.

  4. kantnockdahustle89 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Admiral would be smart to let Mogilny play, bad knees at all. Still better than half those scrubs in the KHL.

  5. spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Take the offer, you’re not getting one from an NHL GM. They don’t want you near their locker room

  6. barkar942 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I think Vancouver needs a backup. I would pay just to see the two of them behind the scenes.

  7. barkar942 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Bryz and Torts.

  8. chrisk61 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    does anybody know russian geography ? vladivostok is on the pacific coast, in eastern russia. it is above north korea. a real s**thole of a place. russia’s pacific fleet is based there. it would be poetic justice if bryzgalov ends up there. de facto punishment, banishment, etc. doubt if he goes though.

    • blomfeld - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Friend … on behalf of my fellow LA King’s fans who are probably the most intellectually ‘gifted’ of all, I ‘can & will’ convey to you that we are ‘very’ familiar with this sector and it historical significance … God speed to the man is all we can say …

      The Battle of Tsushima (Japanese: 対馬海戦, tsushima-kaisen, Russian: Цусимское сражение, Tsusimskoye srazheniye), commonly known as the “Sea of Japan Naval Battle” (Japanese: 日本海海戦, nihonkai-kaisen) in Japan and the “Battle of Tsushima Strait”, was the major naval battle fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War. This was naval history’s only decisive sea battle fought by modern steel battleship fleets,[1][2] the first naval battle in which wireless telegraphy played a critically important role, and has been characterized as the “dying echo of the old era – for the last time in the history of naval warfare ships of the line of a beaten fleet surrendered on the high seas.”[3]

      It was fought on May 27–28, 1905 (May 14–15 in the Julian calendar then in use in Russia) in the Tsushima Strait between Korea and southern Japan. In this battle the Japanese fleet under Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō destroyed two-thirds of the Russian fleet, under Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky, which had traveled over 18,000 nautical miles (33,000 km) to reach the Far East. In London in 1906, Sir George Sydenham Clarke wrote, “The battle of Tsu-shima is by far the greatest and the most important naval event since Trafalgar”;[4] decades later, historian Edmund Morris agreed with this judgement.

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Haha 😂 I’m dying thinking of bryzgalov in the same locker room and team as torts! Haha oh that’d be great

    • barkar942 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      I really do feel they could do their own TV show-
      The General and the Space Cadet!
      My Favorite Martian-Part Doux.
      Lost in Space.
      Torts as Will Robinson, the Sedin twins as his daughters, and Bryz as the Robot. I can hear it now. “DANGER! DANGER, JOHN TORTS! YOUR DAUGHTERS ARE NOT BLOCKING SHOTS!”

  10. blomfeld - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM


    Bryzgalov is truly a new-age ‘parasitic’ insult to all of the former Soviet greats who’ve preceded him, many of whom are my favorite players of all time (ie: Kharlamov, Petrov, Yakushev, Gusev, Maltsev, etc). And to think that this ‘filthy’ leech has the gall of pissing all over the road which my favorite player of all time trail-blazed so many years ago? There are simply no words which could ever adequately convey the absolute ‘disgust’ which I hold for both Bryzgalov and his ‘pathetic’ new-age ilk. Good riddance to the idiot and may God cleanse us of any memories that we may still have of the man !

    *** The greatest and most ‘glorious’ net minder of all time ! … my hero Vladislav Tretiak ! ***

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