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Bryzgalov says he learned from his time in Philly, will write a book about it

Nov 10, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s return to the NHL will start first in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons before heading to Edmonton to join the Oilers, but his mind is still on what happened in Philadelphia.

Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun spoke with Bryzgalov to find out why he signed there and what his motivation is. He also spoke about his tumultuous time with the Flyers.

“You do more learning from the tough times you’ve been through. When times are difficult it forces you to think and do things you’ve never done. I learned a lot from these two years in Philly.”

So what happened in Philadelphia?

“I just can tell you when the time right. I will write the book. You can read it then.”

He’s likely joking around, but I think we’d all put a pre-order down for this book right now. Who wouldn’t want to read A Spaceman in Philadelphia: The Ilya Bryzgalov Story?

Bryzgalov says he’ll need a week in Oklahoma City to get in shape and to face shots to prepare for his return to the NHL. He says he’ll need a couple of games to be ready. For a guy that’s had plenty of time off since being bought out by the Flyers this summer, that’s a quick turnaround time.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    He will write a book about it, ‘Stopping pucks for dummies’

    • m1k3g - Nov 10, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      I just talked to his literary agent. The book is actually tentatively titled ‘Hate the game not the player: A guide to fleecing desperate NHL GM’s” (forward written by Chris Pronger).

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I’ve already placed a pre-order.

  3. blackandorangeforlife - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Pucks in Space by Ilya Bryzgalov…..Available at planets everywhere!

    • drone501 - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      one thing this idiot did remember to do was take the money and run.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        I dont look at Bryz as an idiot….Misunderstood at times yes……and i would take the money and run if an Idiot gave it to me!

  4. jacketsfan7 - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    With all the dumbass things he said and did in Philly , his book will be “Humongous big”

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM


    • mikebel11 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      That’s right. His factual statement that the universe is large was a dumbass thing to say. Congratulations on your 2nd grade education there buddy.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I’d buy a copy

  6. pxland - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Crazy man visits crazy town, 51 million reasons to fire Paul Holmgren
    Forward by Sergei Bobrovsky

  7. hunterdoerksen - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Philadelphia: My journey through the void

  8. jcmeyer10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I just hope he actually writes it and not some ghostwriter.

  9. pfhockey - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Should be a best seller no doubt.

  10. sabatimus - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I can see that one flying off the shelves. Yeah right.

  11. crazemastercraze - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Title: I not as crazy as Philadelphia sports fans

  12. phillyphannnn83 - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Space Bears: A Philadelphia Story

  13. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Hopefully he did learn. He still has a life to live. I hope he has success in EDM and where ever else he goes.

  14. 950003cups - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Philadelphia: Humongous Big Dump

    By: Ilya Bryzgalov

  15. thehabsnation - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Why You Heff To Be Mad?

    A Bryzgalov Story

  16. President Charles Logan - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Every week that this over rated buffoon logs onto this online checking account , he’ll be laughing at the picture of Ed Snider on his desk.

  17. proudliberal85392 - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Bryzgalov is actually a really smart guy. Unfortunately, he’s also nuts. I think I’ll wait for the movie.

    • govtminion - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Starring Gary Busey as Ilya Bryzgalov!

  18. homieshome - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    This guy is so funny though.You really do gotta love him

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