I just bought tickets. Third row behind goal, $63 on Crossing Broad Tickets. I don’t care if he’s going to play or not– he’ll be there, he lives in South Jersey. I’m missing out on booing Andrew Bynum tonight, I’m not missing out on booing Bryz tomorrow. Gotta have minor victories in Philly sports right now. This will be one. BOOOOOOOOOOO.
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Bryz’s time in the Sin City is over. He was released from his tryout with the Las Vegas Wranglers last night:
“Bryz will train at home in [New Jersey] until the right NHL job comes around,” his agent Ritch Winter told ESPN.com via email Wednesday night. “He has turned down one NHL offer recently and will wait until the right opportunity presents itself. There is no rush. He is in great shape and ready to go when the right opportunity arises.”
Bryzgalov had agreed to join the Wranglers just for camp so he could train, and the team announced Wednesday they had released Bryzgalov from his tryout. The Wranglers open their ECHL regular season Saturday.
His tryout was merely an agreement that he could attend camp, so it’s not like he was actually cut by an ECHL team. Plus, they probably want him to stick around, since he was spending Mr. Snider’s money like it wasn’t no thang:
H/T to (@WaysideShakeup)
In a press release from the Las Vegas Wrangler Jeans, Bryz’s new team, someone says that Bryz is determined to resurrect his career:
“Mike Madill’s passion for the game, his team, and his excitement about training camp were a big part of the reason why I chose to participate in the Wranglers training camp,” said Bryzgalov. “Having missed camp this year, an experience like this is critical for me to be ready for NHL play, and I can’t wait to get on the ice. Everyone’s motivation here is largely driven by an unparalleled passion for the game, and this will offer me a very interesting perspective and be a great opportunity for me to reflect on why I started playing this great game in the first place. It’s going to be something very special, and I expect I will learn as much from this experience as any other I have had in my career.”
“To be clear, I intend to return to the NHL, and to be ready for game action when an NHL opportunity opens up. I intend to work hard while I am here in Las Vegas, and to return the support I have received from my family, the many fans who have reached out to me with words of encouragement, and the Wranglers organization with actions, not words. This is a unique opportunity for me to be an example to my own children, to the young fans who have supported me, to my new teammates, and eventually to the NHL teammates who will come to rely on me again,” said Bryzgalov.
0% chance he wrote that and an only slightly greater chance that he is even aware of it.
You know, I’d wager that, over the last two years, about 50% of the hardcore Type OBs who read this site or follow me on Twitter vociferously defended Ilya Bryzgalov against my nonstop grammatical abuse.
Wonder where those people are now.
But now… now he has some options.
He may be headed to Vegas with all that money.
Former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov appears to be Vegas bound.
According to reports, the 33-year-old Bryzgalov is close to signing with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.
From $51 million contract and star of HBO show to…
Scott Hartnell dropped by the Great Sports Debate on Tuesday night, and when asked about how he felt about Bryz as a teammate, he said that he didn’t mind him, but that his act did get annoying. Sometimes it was funny, Hartnell said. Sometimes it was “shut up and stop the puck.”
Now Bryz will have a chance to stop those pucks in Vegas, baby.
So, Ilya Bryzgalov is still door jockeying in the Philly area… only now he seems to be much more alert and engaged.
I mentioned this on Great Sports Debate this week – that Ilya Bryzgalov hadn’t moved or sold his $3.9 million house yet and that his son was playing Mite hockey in South Jersey – and now, thanks to several readers and Twittererererers, we have photographic proof.
Behold, Bryz coaching at a Mites tournament at IceWorks in Aston on Saturday:
His son is a goalie for the Jaguars and wears number 30, just like his dad. But what’s oh-so-rich, if not expected, is that Bryz’s kid is still rocking the orange and black (as well he should, since Mr. Snider is paying his dad $1.64 million per year for the next 14 years to coach him straight on through to University). That’s 3-0 with the Flyers mask:
Those in attendance say that Bryz is great with the kids and even signed autographs and took pictures with fans:
And Bryz has every reason to be upbeat. He might not have a job, but he is the first Mite assistant coach ever with a 14-year, $23 million contract.
There were some connected folks who believed that it would be only a matter a time after Bryz left that teammates would speak publicly about how he wasn’t well-liked. Brayden Schenn went easy on him – “I don’t know. Everyone knows Bryz is Bryz. Some people may think he’s a little different, but I’m not going to say one way or another. I’m sure you guys [reporters] know how Bryz was.” - when he spoke with Sam Carchidi of Philly.com last month. But Wayne Simmonds was a bit more blunt, if not succinct, when he was on sports talk radio in Canada this week:
“I think (the change) will help guys out, nothing against Bryz or anything,” Simmonds, 24, told Brady and Lang in the Morning on Thursday. “When Mase (goaltender Steve Mason) came in last year, he played really strong for us. And you look at what Razor (Emery) did with Chicago, I think we got a great one-two tandem there. They can battle it out.”
That’s hardly damning. A loving sendoff it is not, however.
When Bryz left Phoenix, a few teammates complained about his desire and attitude. Neither Schenn nor Simmonds went quite that far, but you get the sense that more guys will weigh in as time goes by. And that’s not just my opinion– I’ve heard or read several accounts – public and not – about how much Bryz was disliked.
Rich Winter, Ilya Bryzgalov’s soupy-mouthed agent, is on a crusade to both troll the Flyers… and find him and his client a second paycheck. Echoing the sentiments that he expressed last week on the radio in Canada, Winter told Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED in Edmonton yesterday the following [paraphrasing]: the Flyers’ defensive system sucks, their coach sucks, the media sucks, Paul Holmgren’s a liar, Philly’s not a hockey town, Philly’s a terrible place for goaltenders, oh, and thanks for the $40 million.
He’s right with some of these things… but, yeesh, what a dick. Here now, a good portion of his interview and the audio: [trolling bolded]
“Yeah, a little bit surprised because Paul indicated that’s something they weren’t going to do. But I understand a little bit of why the deception, because the Philadelphia media is very, very aggressive and they probably wanted to keep it quiet. So a little bit surprised because that, Paul and I have a pretty good [relationship], so a little bit surprised by that.
But I can tell you, when your player makes $40 million for playing two seasons in a particular city, you really can’t say anything other than, “Thank you very much, I’ll move on.”
“I suppose if he won the Vezina trophy, [buying him out] would have been re-thought. So it’s performance based to some degree. I sent out a bunch of information to a few teams today and included were quotes from six of the Flyers’ players who, when interviewed for the mid-season report by Philly.com, all suggested that Ilya Bryzgalov was, by far, the MVP of the team. [Editor's note: False-- three players.] So it’s not really performance related.” It’s just a situation where I think they concluded, based on the conversation I had, they wanted more flexibility, which they’re getting. They need to get fast– they’ve traded away Carter and Richards, and the cupboard’s bare there. It was a combination of things. At the end of the day, I just don’t think Ilya Bryzgalov fits in the Philadelphia, Broad Street Bullies type environment, and that’s kind of what Paul and I discussed. He’s a great goalie, he’s a good guy – Paul has no issues with him at all – he calls him “colorful,” maybe a little too colorful for Paul. But at the end of the day, he’s pretty well liked there and the media reports are quite a bit different than they are. I think it’s just a matter of the Flyers have some targets in the goaltending area, they have some targets up front. And they couldn’t do all of those things if they didn’t have that freedom. It’s simple, when anybody looks at it: Ilya Bryzgalov is not a Philadelphia Flyer.”
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