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Voila_Capture 2014-03-09_04-39-48_PMIlya Bryzgalov was traded to the Wild this week and it seems he’s hitting it off quite well with the local media. From the Star Tribune:

We had another fun one-minute press scrum with Bryzgalov today.

Q: How much are you looking forward to starting Sunday?

A: We practice to play in the game.

Q: How excited are you to play in front of the home fans?

A: Yeah, sure.

Q: Feel more comfortable in practice?

A: Yeah, better and better.

Q: Any superstitions or routines?

A: No.

Maybe he just feels he’s been burned by the media before, so why bother? The Oilers writers say he was standoffish at the start of his tenure there, but he slowly but surely got better and became very cooperative.

And:

Eat It, Flakes

Kyle Scott —  December 29, 2013 — 22 Comments

Voila_Capture889Yesterday was a good day. The two men who haunted the Wells Fargo Center for the past year or two got what was coming to them, both in somewhat hilarious and karmatic fashion.

 

Ilya Bryzgalov

Two things:

1) Why does the ice in Edmonton look like the ice at a local rink whose Zamboni broke down? Making it worse was the game being broadcast (broad is debatable here) on the Comcast Network, meaning no HD and black bars on both top and bottom and sides for those of us with Verizon. It was like watching a bootleg screening of Miracle, if Miracle was about a little-used forward sticking one in the eye of space cadet goaltender.

2) Didn’t think I’d ever watch and transcribe a Bryzgalov press conference again, because the ECHL doesn’t stream that sort of thing. Guess I was wrong.

How poetic it was that it came down to a shootout, and Bryz, who couldn’t stop a breakaway or make a big save for the OB, seemingly ever, was thrust into the position of having to win his team a game.

No such luck.

4-3, good guys, with Michael Raffl (!) scoring the winning goal and Bryz displaying his trademark bad body language:

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Was a late-night winner in a battle between two mediocre teams in Edmonton on a holiday weekend worth the $23 million buyout? OF COURSE IT WAS! That’s a RAFFL ticket worth picking up.

Full shootout:

Sad Bryz press conference here.

 

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Andrew Bynum

LOON ALERT.

The Cavs suspended Andrew Bynum indefinitely yesterday for “conduct detrimental to the team.” No specific reason was given.

From ESPN.com:

Cleveland has until Jan. 7 to decide if it will guarantee his contract for the rest of the season. Bynum signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Cavs last summer, but the team-friendly contract included only $6 million in guaranteed money.

The decision to suspend Bynum was made Friday, sources said. Bynum did not travel with the team to Boston for Saturday’s game against the Celtics.

“It’s a terrible situation internally with our team,” All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said before the Cavs faced the Celtics. “It’s something we have to get over.”

It is unclear what led to Bynum’s suspension. Cavs coach Mike Brown did not disclose any details regarding the suspension but expressed concern for his players.

“I’m worried about the guys in the locker room,” Brown said prior to Saturday afternoon’s game. “It’s simple as that. In our business, there are a lot of ups and a lot of downs throughout the season.

Wow. The Andrew Bynum Effect: It’s a terrible situation internally and I’m worried about the guys in the locker room. I’m inclined to believe that he sexed someone’s, or multiple someones’, mother(s). But I could be wrong.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

What does this mean? It means that Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavs last summer, will keep only $6 million and not be paid his additional $6 million this season or the $12 million he would’ve been guaranteed next season if he remained on the roster this summer. 2013 KARMA BACKWASH FTW!

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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.

Voila_Capture225Bryz’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:

Voila_Capture223You know, the way Bryz spends Ed’s money might just have to become a thing on this website. Maybe.

H/T to (@WaysideShakeup)

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pic via reader Nick

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.

Bryz has had trouble finding work since being paid $23 million to go away. Most recently, he was spotted coaching his son’s Jaguars Mite hockey team at IceWorks in Aston.

But now… now he has some options.

He may be headed to Vegas with all that money.

From TSN:

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:

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pic via reader Nick

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pic via reader Nick

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pic via (@OnePastyGuy)

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:

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pic via (@Hexys2hander)

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Those in attendance say that Bryz is great with the kids and even signed autographs and took pictures with fans:

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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.

Wayne Simmonds on Bryz

Kyle Scott —  July 11, 2013 — 21 Comments

Bryz_sleepingThere 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.