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Report: Penguins have ‘interest’ in Bryzgalov

Sep 29, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins might just take a bad situation – Tomas Vokoun being out with a scary blood clot – and make it about as entertaining as possible. The team is reportedly interested in Ilya Bryzgalov, Lisa Hillary reports.

(It seems prudent to put reportedly in bold in this case because, well, let’s just say that the Penguins-Flyers rivalry brings out the … feisty side in many people.)

Naturally, even if the “interest” is there, the Penguins might pass. They didn’t even bring the 33-year-old in on a professional tryout, so this could be some really surface-level stuff.

Despite the circus that’s likely to follow Bryzgalov, especially if he signs with Pittsburgh, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. While Breezy struggled in Philadelphia, he also put up fantastic numbers in Phoenix. Not bad for a backup who might not even command much of a contract.

Speaking of which,’s Adam Kimmelman believes that the Penguins would make room for Bryzgalov by placing Vokoun on the LTIR.

But, let’s be honest; the reason many are excited is for the laughs. Here’s an early one from Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM


  2. devilsarethebest - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    This was reported on HockeyBuzz a while back…

    • tonymoreno20 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      actually some reporters reported it first. all EK and hockeybuzz does is rip off other reports. follow the right people on twitter and you will know WAYY before hockeybuzz or any other of those fake rumor people

      • devilsarethebest - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        OK, I’ll correct myself. It was reported first by Josh Rimer, a writer on HockeyBuzz.

  3. Stiller43 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Im not so sure it would be much of an upgrade over the proposed alternative…

  4. jkulha86 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    He was fantastic in Phoenix. Last year in Philly he definitely wasn’t their biggest problem, and played good enough to put his team in position to win for the most part. I think the Philly media, and just the pressure of being a goalie for the Flyers lead to his exit. I think he’d be a good pick up for the Pens, and I think he’d play more like his Phoenix version. We already know MAF is going to flop again, why not have an experienced back up.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      That reads exactly like a delusional Flyers fan post 2 seasons ago!

  5. sgtr0c - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Ummm, don’t the Pens also have a system that has offesive type defense players? Isn’t that what Bryz’s agent blasted the Flyers about? Bryz, according to his genius agent, only works in a real hockey teams system, one that only plays defense and waits for a mistake to score. I don’t think the Pens are going for 1-0 victories any time soon.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    You’ve got to be kidding me

  7. canucks30 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      has anybody ever watched this to the end? There might be an easter egg sometime in this video. Ok, I’m ready for the bughouse now.

      • canucks30 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:04 AM

        10 Hours Videos For The Win!

  8. joey4id - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Dang! One basket case to backup another basket case.

  9. steelers88 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Just give the rookie backup a chance you never know he might surprise people.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Can’t hurt to try. It’s exactly how the Leafs found Reimer.

  10. mattyo99 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    As a flyers fan that is great news, let him destroy that team.. Dude makes a billion dollars in Philly and can’t handle the media😭

  11. mattyo99 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I agree w/steelers88.. Ya never know what a rookie could do

  12. mcphillthy - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I would love it if this happens!
    Please sign Bryz! He’s great!!


    • drone501 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      i say sign him up. this will throw more gas on the fire between us and cryer fans.

      • mcphillthy - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I’m assuming cryer fans are fans of crysby. The biggest crybaby to ever put on skates. Loaded with talent but he acts like he is still breast fed. Plus his name is Sidney… I mean come on…

  13. fleuryvokounftw - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I have to admit he was terrible in Philly but everyone forgets that he was pretty solid in Phoenix but I would rather see someone like Zatkoff or Hartzell at least get a chance at the backup job. I got to see them both in preseason and they played pretty well but we’ll just have to wait and see.

  14. mclovinhockey - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Please no, I’ve been saying since day one who Evers team he ends up will be shocked at how good he is. He was never the problem in Philly. Pitt plays a much better defensive game then the flyers. Bryz may not be worth the contract he had, but he is def better than a good portion of the goalies out there.

    • mcphillthy - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      Are you being serious or are you joking around?! Bryz was 100% a product of the system in Phoenix. Plain and simple. He is terrible. He gave up more soft goals than anyone I’ve seen. He also sucks on breakaways and shootouts. Bryz played well when he tried sometimes bit he never tries. He doesn’t care. If things go wrong he points fingers at teammates. He is a drama circus and a huge cry baby. Why do you think no other team even blew a fart in his direction?!? He is awful. That’s why I want to see Pitt sign him! Screw Pitt! Sign Bryz!

  15. killerpgh - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    If there is any truth to this than I think it’s safe to assume that Vokoun’s career is over.

  16. valoisvipers - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I think it would be a good signing if it is cheap and not long term. The guy has talent but needs the right atmosphere.

  17. gerv999 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Why not ??

  18. blackandorangeforlife - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Ha Ha Ha Ha…Funny joke….Love to see it happen but the hockey world is not worthy! :)

    • blackandorangeforlife - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Sorry to be immature but this is too F’ing funny!

  19. blackraven1313 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    No no no,
    I’ll go out there and publicly embarrass myself before I would let Bryz do it!

  20. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    You gotta love the irony behind this. There’s just too many jokes and not enough room for this one. This is just to good to be true. It’s hilarious seeing the pens fans here trying to convince themselves he’d be a good addition after ragging on us about him for the last few years. He will play no better in front of your D then the flyers. And he’s a cancer in the locker room. But I’m gotta stop there though just incase he signs there and turns into another bobrovsky situation. This is gonna be an interesting season

    • drone501 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      as a pens fan, you are the only flyer fan whose opinions i respect.

  21. tcclark - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Penguins fans thought they went out looking for a goalie but instead they’re apparently looking for a bear in the woods. This could be a humongous big distraction. I love it.

  22. kastout11 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I’m a huge Bryzy fan, and one of the few supporters he had in Philly. I would hate to have the stinking Penguins sign him. I want to root for him to do well, but cannot cheer for any member of the Penguins. Hofefully it is just surface talk and nothing serious.

    • theageofquarrel - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      I bet you just LOVE Max Talbot and probably LOVED a washed up Jagr too. Yeah they won their ring and rings with the Penguins

  23. kastout11 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    To be honest, I don’t think Bryzy is that bad of a goalie. The Philly defense is terrible. Bobrosky should show all Philly fans, including me, that since Pronger has been gone, the problem has been the Philly defense not the goaltender. Giroux and the offense can only do so much. Although hopefully now that they appear to be healthy, they might be better this year then the past few.

    • goodolejr - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      I’d say it’s not so much the defense specifically, more that Laviolette lacks the players that fit his attack style and refuses to change it. I love Lavy and he’s a good coach but I don’t think he’s a fit here in Philly. Losing Pronger wasn’t the reason they barely got out of the first round, then were swept by the Bs a year after taking Chicago to Game 6 in the finals.

  24. jaybaileys - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I swear my calendar says 9/30 but this is obviously an April Fools Day post. Shero can not be this dense.

  25. whiskytango333 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    More likely that this is PHT trolling for page views.

  26. stakex - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I think what’s lost on everyone about this is that, if the rumor is true, the Pens have no faith in Fleury. If they felt he could play even somewhat solid most of the year, they would probably give their rookie backup a shot. Given their offensive firepower, a few games with a shaky backup in net wouldn’t be a big deal. The fact that they are looking for a better, more experienced, backup probably means they feel goaltending is going to be an issue.

    Of course, with Marc Andre Sieve in the net as a starter…. can’t say I blame them.

    • President Charles Logan - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Stakex, what did MAF ever do to you personally? like turn you down for an autograph or something? you hate on this guy more then anyone

  27. nightfireop - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    oh this is perfect, one sh!tty goaltender for another.

  28. hockeyfan1701 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Unwanted Philly goalies never work,

    Your friends,

    The Columbus Blue Jackets

    • valoisvipers - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      We will see if the Jackets can still say that at the end of this season.

  29. hazlydose - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Multiple members of the Pittsburgh media are denying this rumor.

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