Bryz’s Agent Blames the Flyers for Bryz’s Struggles, and Bryz Allegedly Bragged About Getting “Paid Double”

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Interesting column from Frank Seravalli of the Daily News today. He seems to be on a bit of a crusade lately to call bullshit on just about all the nonsense being spewed by Paul Holmgren and Rich Winter, Ilya Bryzgalov’s soupy-mouthed agent, about Bryz potentially being bought out by the Flyers. Seravalli doesn’t buy what Winter is selling because, earlier in the week, Winter told anyone who would listen that Holmgren assured him that Bryz wouldn’t be bought out (Homer promptly wielded his Lie Stick on Tim Panaccio by denying that he ever made such a promise), but now Winter has modified his story a bit. He told both Randy Miller and 960 The Fan in Calgary yesterday that Holmgren told him things could change with regard to Bryz.

It’s that interview with the Calgary radio station (are they broadcasting from a boat?) that is making some more news today. Among the things Winter said: the media is partially to blame for Bryz’s struggles in Philadelphia, the Flyers’ defensive system – which aims to block shots instead of clear shooting lanes – sucks, and that the Flyers outbid themselves in 2011 by being the only ones to make Bryz an offer (a ridiculous one):

“When you get only one offer on July 1, it becomes pretty attractive, right?”

[It should be noted that the Flyers signed Bryz, then a restricted free agent, before July 1 in 2011... so Winter is using some poetic license here. Or he's lying.]

Winter also said that even though Bryz would earn more by being bought out by the Flyers for $23 million and then signing another contract elsewhere, Philadelphia is the best opportunity because it’s a challenge, and Bryz likes challenges. Or something.

Seravalli thought that was bullshit:

Just as in 2011, it’s the best opportunity for Bryzgalov because it’s the only opportunity. No NHL team will take a flier on a mediocre, expensive goaltender with a big mouth and a bad reputation.

That likely truth despite these supposed declarations from Bryzgalov:

Well, Bryzgalov has made noises that he does not like it in Philadelphia. Some Flyers said Bryzgalov bragged to teammates he might get bought out after the season.

“It’s OK, guys,” Bryzgalov said, according to a teammate, speaking on a condition of anonymity. “I will get bought out. I will get paid for this deal and I will get paid double to play for a new team somewhere else.”

That claim makes sense. I had heard as far back as last season that Bryz would joke (brag?) to teammates about already getting paid, and that the Flyers – both teammates and front office – have long been infuriated by his goofiness. [Though it may seem that Bryz is treated unfairly by the Philly media, there's more than meets the eye to many of those stories.] As such, this brief and unfortunate saga looks like it’s about to come to an end. Bryz will get a huge lump sum of money and then maybe, or maybe not, find a second paycheck.

18 Comments

  1. Now I don’t know about a lot of things, but I know when I’m being made a fool of. Paul Holmgren must know Winters is playing him for a fool right now. Answer me this. Does Bryz’ contract have anything in it that keeps him from being put in the minors? And if not, does he have to clear waivers to get there? And if not, can’t they exile him to our Siberia of Adirondack for an entire season, just as a nice “fuck you” to Winters?

    • Hmmm. That would be a great idea if they could get away with it. I’m sure they would have to clear waivers but would have to pay him his full salary because of the guaranteed contract. Which maybe would be better than paying him for nothing. I’m sure we would screw up the Phantoms team chemistry too though. Although it would be hysterical.

  2. Borat is a giant pain in the ass. He is a bad teamatte. Didn’t we hear the same rumors from ex-teamattes in PHX when he signed here. He is an average goalie being paid like a great goalie. The deal was a stupid one. I said it when they traded Bob and before they signed this jackass that they gave up on Bob too soon. In that playoff a couple years ago they yanked him out to soon too. I like Laviolette but he made a mistake on that one and Holmgren screwed up too. I blame Snider also. He told Holmgren to go out and get a top flight goaltender so we didn’t have the same problem again. Well here we are. Buy this nut out and cut your losses. See what Mason can do. Use the money to get Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan and trade for another good Defenseman.

    • Hmmm. That would be a great idea if they could get away with it. I’m sure they would have to clear waivers but would have to pay him his full salary because of the guaranteed contract. Which maybe would be better than paying him for nothing. I’m sure we would screw up the Phantoms team chemistry too though. Although it would be hysterical.

  3. Rangers Fan stuck in Philly

    June 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Bryz was right about the blacks in Philly. Hope he moves on & wins a cup

    • Larry Andersen

      June 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      go get drunk and go for a drive. your team who was stacked with talent was awful along with your wackjob ex-coach.

    • cop ranger fan who was knocked out at geno's

      June 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      be careful, i got a broken orbital and needed reconstructive surgery for saying less offensive things about philly….

  4. Frank Seravalli is the fuckin man. By far the best sports journalist in Philly. This article is proof that he tells it like it is.

  5. Kyle, which female flyers reporters were groping briere during his exit press conference??? Eskin said it was bad lol

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  7. I agree with the agent on 1 point: the Flyers defensive system does suck, & it sets up our defensenmen to get injured on a consistent basis. I’d kill for them to employ a more trap-like system like the Devils or Rangers.

  8. Kyle and Seravelli are the exact “media” members that give Winter and Bryz all the credibility in the world. Bryz was an UNrestricted FA Kyle. If you’re going to bash someone that is bashing you at least come back with accurate facts.

    I made a point when Briere got bought out that it was amazing to see that scoring a couple goals in the playoffs and not giving the media a hard time by answering the stupid questions can cause a man with a passion for porn stars and hookers to be considered “classy.” Go out drinking on an off night looking to meet young women and get annoyed by the stupid question “writers” ask after a frustrating loss and the “media” says your a locker room cancer that needs to go.

    Can the Flyers use the buy out on the media currently covering the team? That be a big step in the right direction.

    • Bryz would have been UFA July 1. Flyers traded for his rights and signed him before July 1. Get YOUR facts straight.

  9. Toronto trades for Bernier. Unless Vancouver buys out Luongo, Bryz is a Flyer next year.

    The crying from Kyle and the rest of the media is going to be incredible.

  10. Kyle’s bullshit is a joke. “I’ve heard from…I’ve heard from…I’ve heard from…”

    Name your sources, bob Woodward.

    Bryzgalov will be hear next year. You know who I’ve heard from? Claude giroux who has multiple times ON THE RECORD expressed love for the guy.

  11. ^^^Bryz can go suck some.

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