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Report: Pens ‘not currently interested’ in Bryzgalov

Sep 30, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are not — repeat: not — currently interested in Ilya Bryzgalov.

That’s according to Pens beat writer Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review, who cites a “very reliable source” in the wake of yesterday’s report to the contrary.

With Pens backup Tomas Vokoun out indefinitely with a blood-clot issue, it’s expected Jeff Zatkoff will get the first chance to play behind starter Marc-Andre Fleury.

If Fleury gets off to a solid start, the Pens may not feel the need to bring in an experienced backup. But if he’s as shaky as he was in the playoffs and Vokoun’s future remains cloudy, they may opt to do something about it.

Whether that something is Bryzgalov is another question. The 33-year-old comes with a fair bit of baggage, and he wouldn’t arrive in Pittsburgh without a good-sized media circus surrounding him. Not to mention, he wasn’t very good last year in Philly.

Unfortunately for the Pens, there isn’t much in the way of available free agents. Jose Theodore and Johan Hedberg are still unsigned for a reason. So for now it’s up to Fleury. But if he struggles out of the gate, feel free to fire up the Ryan Miller speculation.

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  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Ryan Miller is an interesting candidate as no one has brought up his name. A change of scenery would help him but well have to see with Fleury. He’s got one more shot with me but if he flops again then hell be done with him! Bringing Bryzaster would be a major mistake by Shero.

    • Tyler - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      While Miller is an interesting thought, the Penguins are already $1.6m over the cap. Putting Vokoun on LTIR only frees up $2m.

      Fleury is set to make $5m while Miller is set to make $6.25m. Assuming Buffalo actually -wanted- Fleury, they’d have to do a package deal for something like Fleury and Niskanen for Miller.

      • Jason Brough - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Remember though, the Sabres could retain some of Miller’s salary.

  2. President Charles Logan - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    This was a non story right from the start … rumors are amusing

    • Jason Brough - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Good for business, too.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Thank god , I already know enough about the universe

  4. yougotgirouxed - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Aww man. I was really hoping he would go to PIT. Would def make the rivalry more fun

  5. joey4id - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Theodore would have been a better choice than Bryz.

    • letsgopens8771 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Both ill conceived notions are insulting to me as a Penguins fan.

  6. sgtr0c - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Why would Buffalo eat some salary for a goalie who has issues winning a cup, that was surrounded by great talent? Do they have Pittsburgh’s talent? Would it turn out better for them with Fluery with their current team? Why would they be willing to hand the Pens a gift?

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Never believed the initial story to begin with, but it sure would be comical, come playoff time, to see the Pens switching back and forth, from one sieve to another. The only way Bryz can be successfull in this league is if he’s playing for Tippett or Torts (or some other defensive minded system). Otherwise the results will be exactly the same as in Philly. The guy is just an average goalie.

    Though, I would like to see him get another gig somewhere some it can be proven once and for all that it was just not the Flyers defense failing this nutjob…. and whuddya know, he can’t even get a gig overseas.

  8. 950003cups - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Too many bears in Pittsburgh

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