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Report: Bryzgalov to begin training with Swedish league team

Jul 31, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Sounds like Ilya Bryzgalov is on his way to Sweden.

On Tuesday, a report surfaced from local news outlet Aftonbladet claiming the ex-Flyers goalie will soon begin practicing with Swedish Hockey League team Farjestad.

Farjestad goalie coach Erik Granqvist — known as one of the top goalie gurus in Europe — confirmed the move, tweeting that Bryzgalov was being brought aboard at the request of player agent Ritch Winter.

Bryzgalov, 33, was bought out by the Flyers in June with seven years remaining on his nine-year, $51 million deal signed in 2011.

While it sounds unlikely that Farjestad will offer Bryzgalov a new deal — GM Hakan Loob said the team already had “two good goalies” in ex-Calgary netminder Danny Taylor and former Atlanta draftee Fredrik Pettersson Wentzel — the move to Sweden could suggest that Bryz is getting a head start on his training in the hopes of landing something soon.

Last week, a report surfaced out of Russia that expansion KHL club Admiral Vladivostok had interest in Bryzgalov, though the club never made any formal overtures or contract offers.


  1. ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Next up: Bryzgalov gives his thoughts on Swedish Fish vs. Swedish meatballs. Which is Sweden’s greatest accomplishment?

    • 19to77 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      I would pay good money for Breeyz to have his own talk show where he just rambles about hockey, the universe, and everything else that comes to his wonderfully insane mind.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        “Flyers logo. I’d heff to say that it’s a one-eyed half octopus swimming sideways…. a quadropus.”

  2. jpelle82 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    good riddance

    • nj666 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Is that you tim pinaccio?

  3. elvispocomo - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    At 33, it’ll be tough for a comeback, but he’s not so bad that he couldn’t add value to a team on a low contract.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      It really seems like NHL GMs don’t want him in their lockerrooms, even at a bargain. The guy was burning bridges throughout his entire tenure in Philly (and Phoenix). He’s not a good influence on younger goalies. And he’s not really on point when he’s not receiving the majority of the starts. GMs prefer backups that keep their heads down and toe the company line… something Bryz is incapable of doing. Like you said, it’s not likely Bryz ever makes an NHL comeback. Especially since European clubs, who usually snatch up NHL castaways, barely have interest.

  4. fredericton101 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    A poison on any team!

    • jpelle82 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      the Terrell Owens of the NHL

  5. orangeandblack31 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    He sucks, who would want him? Early retirement Bryz!

  6. theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Swiss team for Swiss cheese

    • theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Swedish fish,hands down. Honorable mention:Swedish women and Swedish Chef

    • theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I screwed this up from a session of wake and bake

      • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        lol are you referring to replying in the wrong place, or thinking Sweden was Switzerland?

        either way, good pull out on Swedish Chef, and good job putting the mental picture of Elin Nordegren in my head.

      • theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Hahahaha you are very welcome

  7. jonnybfromaz - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    i love this so much

  8. mclovinhockey - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    He is still a pretty good goalie, locker room antics aside, if he just shut up and play he would still be in the league starting for some team making about 2 mill.

    Most people give him a bad wrap for getting paid like an elite goalie. Last year he started off being the best player on the team, he was looking like he did when he was a Vezina finalist.

    Then the fatigue started setting in since he was the only goalie on the roster who could keep the other team from scoring 4 or more a game. Then our D getting completely destroyed (1 of the flyers top 10 D remained by the end of the year). So you add a tired goalie and an AHL D mixed with a forward thinking mentality and your goalie is going to be picked apart.

    Also would like to add that his numbers were very equal to elite goalies like Marty and Quick.

  9. docvegas - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    who cares about brygalov, just glad to get rid of him. the next time i hear about bryzgalov is when i read his OBITUARY

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