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Video: Bryzgalov downplays personal importance of Flyers’ rematch

Dec 29, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier (14) is stopped by Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (80) during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson) AP

Ilya Bryzgalov‘s first match against the Philadelphia Flyers since he was bought out didn’t end with a victory, but he was credited with keeping his Edmonton Oilers in the game long enough to earn a point.

Naturally, when it came time for the postgame interview, the reporters gathered were eager to ask him about how he felt about facing his old team.

“Thank you for the question,” Bryzgalov said before dismissing what the game meant to him by pointing out that he had previously played against former teams.

When it was pointed out that his situation with the Flyers was made unique by the fact that his nine-year contract was jettisoned after just two seasons, Bryzgalov just shrugged and said, “So?”

That reaction isn’t unique for him. While he’s known for some of his more colorful quotes, he has downplayed the importance of this issue to him in the past. Even before he was bought out, he was shrugging off the possibility.

“To be honest, I don’t care,” he said back in April. “Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”

You can view his complete postgame comments below:

  1. devilsarethebest - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Why you heff to be mad?

  2. mcphillthy - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Ha. Hahahahaha. Some things never change. Wait until he starts blaming the D for his soft goals. It’s coming…

    • devilsarethebest - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Soft goals? All three were on the PP and one was 5-3. Please

      • blackheart78 - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Not exactly sure Mcphillthy was referring to last night’s game. But Bryz at least in Philadelphia has a history of blaming the defense here and there.

      • mcphillthy - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Thank you to blackheart for understanding my comment. And yes I was referring to his history he has both in Philly and in phoenix. The guy is a cancer. I truly feel sorry for Edmonton.
        Devilsarethebest…well… Your screen name says it all. I’m not surprised you struggled to make sense of my comment.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      But Bryz had every reason to blame the Flyers D….He might not be a great goalie but he is 100% honest and That D the last 2 seasons was horrid

      • narfmoo12 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        So if the Flyers D was so horrible, why is Mason doing so well? The only change is Streit. So is Streit so good or is Mason so good? Or does Bryz just suck and is a whiny little girl?

      • blackandorangeforlife - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Did you miss the part where i said “He might not be a great goalie”?…Mason has stood on his head and is starting to stumble a bit but is clearly a better goalie even when slumping…..But you are not going to tell me the Flyers D is good are you?…..I can post some vids that will show otherwise starting with the 1st goal from last night!

      • mcphillthy - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        It was lavy and his system. The system stopped working when we lost pronger. Losing pronger has set us back big time. So yes… The defense wasn’t adequate for the system that lavy wanted them to play. The D isn’t horrid it just isn’t built for that style and system

  3. csilojohnson - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    He was yelling at Perron last night.
    Either way. Why should he care. Jokes on the Flyers. They will be paying him for a long time.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Flyers don’t care about 1.6 annually, they’re a better team without this guy. It’s just like paying Jody Shelley for 26 years, which this front office would be glad to do.

  4. flyerguy73 - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Once a space cadet, always a space cadet. What a tool.

  5. zta7991 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I think a lot of masons success also has to deal with berubes system which gives the d more help, which is contrary to lavys which was almost all run and gun

  6. flyerguy73 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Streit should sit the bench, or be sent somewhere. He is a total bust. What a waste of $. I had high hopes for him, but he is lost out there.

  7. mlhegs - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    If Brys blamed the team or the loss to Philly he would have been quite right. Edmonton played like a bunch of kids in Midget hockey. Since we all know there is a ton of talent on the Oilers one has to believe the coach and upper management are teaching them to be stupid.

    Kevin Lowe and his Cronies have got to go.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      I think it has a lot more to do with having a roster that can’t play defense

      Have as much offensive talent as you want but if you cant play defense you are gonna suck like the oilers have for years

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