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Bryzgalov wants to put time in Philadelphia behind him

Nov 19, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s time with the Philadelphia Flyers was filled with controversy, odd moments, and for the Flyers, frustration. He was described as a “costly mistake” by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren after serving just two seasons of his nine-year, $51 million contract.

He was bought out and went unsigned over the summer, but he’s with the Edmonton Oilers now. Through his tumultuous times in Philadelphia, Bryzgalov claims he didn’t doubt himself and he’s not angry. He doesn’t even see this as a second chance for him.

“I never lost my first chance, you know,” he told the Edmonton Journal.

All the same, the 33-year-old goaltender wants to move past that part of his career.

“I am just glad to be back in the NHL, to get this opportunity with the Edmonton organization,” Bryzgalov said.

It helps that his new coach, Dallas Eakins, doesn’t seem terribly concerned over Bryzgalov’s past.

“The main thing was did we (GM Craig MacTavish and the coaches) think he could stop the puck,” Eakins said.

Edmonton will play against Columbus tonight, which would theoretically make for a fun match between Bryzgalov and former teammate Sergei Bobrovsky. In practice though, it sounds like Devan Dubnyk will probably start for Edmonton.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Sorry Dallas with Edmontons defense it’s gonna be just as much of a trainwreck, as they have worse personnel back there. We’ve seen Steve Mason come in, with the SAME defenders and dominate (and I’m talking before Berube’s new defense-oriented system). Bryz is an average goalie going to a bad team (altho they have potential to be good). He doesn’t handle losing well and he doesn’t get along with teammates, especially young goalies, so good luck. I’m interested to see what happens, but IMO I think Bryz will just add another issue.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      To be fair to Bryz, Streit has been great, probably one of our top 2 defenders, even defensively, and we aren’t dealing with quite as many injuries. Haven’t seen Lauridsen once this year (not that I’m saying he’s a bad player) and are even scratching a d-man most games.

    • c9castine - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      mason is dominating? really…hes 5-7-2 with a 2.13GA and a .931%. wouldn’t call that dominating. playing good without the right results is how i would describe it.

      dominating would be josh harding. 12-2-2 with a 1.25 GA and .946%

      • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        there’s always a one-upper when you’re talking about the Flyers. always.

      • c9castine - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        i know. or usually like 10 one uppers. thanks for pointing that out.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Uhh yeah dominating… especially when EVERYONE talks incessantly about how terrible the Flyers D is. First off, throw out the 5-7-2 record… I’m almost positive every single loss was by about 1-0 or 2-1. He had ZERO goal support; and I literally mean zero. Then the 2.13GAA… that is all-star caliber. And the .931sv% is even better (especially when you consider he had a .940sv% in his stint with Philly last year). If the Flyers didn’t have Mason they’d have had the worst record in hockey (and that’s not a knock on Emery, who’s looked solid lately) so far. If you’ve watched every Flyers game like most Flyers fan on this page then you’d know that Mason has been dominant. And there’s a bunch of other adjectives you could use to describe his stellar play. He’s the main reason the Flyers aren’t around 0-19.

  2. dcfan4life - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Does he want to put his mediocre play in the AHL behind him too?

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Lol, they talk about him playing with an AHL defense but he was playing against an AHL offense too!

  3. missthemexpos - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    May want to look pass his time in Philly, but I am sure he will look forward to Philly paying him $1.6 million a year till 2029!

    • jpelle82 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      must be nice for him to be able to just put it away. kinda hard for philly to put it past them when they have to keep cutting that check though…

  4. patthehockeyfan - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Headline: Bryzgalov wants to put time in Philadelphia behind him

    So do the Flyers, Bryz!

    • c9castine - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      id say you’ve had worse times than then. like now.

  5. kingcobraman - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I think a sheet of plywood would be better…

    • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      as long as it wears pads that conform to the new rules.

  6. thethorntonstrokes - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    God you commenters are ridiculous, always making bad jokes at the expense of other players to get likes. His time in Philly was a hellacious comnination of horrible defense, subpar coaching, and his own struggles. He had ONE bad game in the AHL, which was his 1st pro hockey game since last March/April. Bryz is a damn good goalie when on his game. Bryz will be fine of he plays to his capabilities. Instead of ripping him for his time in Philly, why don’t we wait till he actually plays a game with the Oilers before we make judgements.

    • President Charles Logan - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      lol @ damn good goalie

      • thethorntonstrokes - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        When did you start watching hockey? Last year?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        anything before his time in Philly has been discounted by most people (including myself) due to the amazing defense he had in PHX. I do think there’s a starting-quality goalie in there somewhere (if he shuts his godd*** mouth to the godd*** cameras once in a while). i do think he needs a rebirth. but I don’t think it’ll happen with the Oilers. he shoulda gone back someplace warm, where he won’t end up on any front pages.

      • darksidecowboy - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        He was a good goalie in Anaheim as well, Phoenix was lucky to get him then off waivers

  7. blackandorangeforlife - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Bryz may not be great but he is a serviceable backup not to mention he is very honest…..He may not be down to earth but id rather see him in space then attacking cabbies or sending pictures of his bear to unwilling ladies!

  8. malvaren18 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    This looser better start playing like an NHL Goalie, if he wants to keep opening that big mouth again.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      what is a looser? didnt know that word could be a noun. are you referring to his loose lips with a microphone in his face? hope so…

  9. mcphillthy - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    This guy was the most epic failure I’ve seen in a long time. Waste of money and waste of a roster spot. I’m glad this cancer is gone. He is a back up goalie… Nothing more. Without a top notch D this guy will do nothing. Sorry Edmonton.

  10. bricktop02 - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Philadelphia wants to put time with Bryzgalov behind them. What a nut job.

  11. vbcaps - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Welcome back to the nhl Mr. Universe !

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  15. kastout11 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I am a Flyers fan and am as bitter as anyone with the stint Bryzy had in Philly, but I still hope he plays well. He just could not handle the pressure in Philly. Thus far Mason has done well and hopefully it continues.

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