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Ilya Bryzgalov Issues Statement on His Exit from the Flyers

Jun 26, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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After hanging up on reporters on Tuesday, Ilya Bryzgalov issued this surprisingly pleasant statement on Wednesday…

via CSNPhilly:

“As my family and I move forward to meet the new challenges ahead, I could not leave Philadelphia without publicly thanking Mr. Snider for the faith he showed in me when he committed to the long term contract that has secured my family’s financial future and acknowledging his passion for the game of hockey. Jeniya and I really appreciate his faith in me and what he has done for our family. Mr. Snider has an amazing energy for the deals he does and for winning. Hockey fans in this area should consider themselves lucky to have the team they cheer for led by a man who is as passionate about winning and doing whatever it takes to win as Flyers’ fans are. Getting to know Mr. Snider, has been a great experience. To see his passion for this game has been inspiring.

“I am grateful for teammates, to management and fans for the support I felt from so many of them through some very dark days and difficult situations. I have made many friends here – on the team, in the organization, among the media and throughout the community. Don’t ever think that I didn’t appreciate the kind comments of support made in the media by teammates and management and in private by so many very nice people I met on the streets of Philadelphia and in the surrounding area.

“I appreciate this experience more than many of you will know. I will learn from it. I have always said that a heavy sword makes a very strong arm. I intend to take this experience with me to my new team, to help me be stronger – a better player and, hopefully, a better person. At the end of the day, that is the challenge we all need to wrestle with.

“I look forward to the bright future ahead, but will never forget my time with the Philadelphia Flyers. For this time and this experience, I am grateful. “

A lot of nice words about Ed Snider, who has always insisted wasn’t behind the deal, and no mention of Paul Holmgren.

Apparently there’s a note at the bottom of the statement from Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winter, and the caps are all his:

FOR FURTHER COMMENT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO WALK UP TO ILYA BRYZGALOV NEXT YEAR AT TRAINING CAMP. HE AND HIS ADVISORS WILL HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENT UNTIL THAT TIME.

  1. chew - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    yeahhh…he didn’t write that.

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  2. erzug - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Considering his penchant for ducking under shots, I think Anaheim would be a really good fit for him next year.

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  3. heeto - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    “A lot of nice words about Ed Snider, who has always insisted wasn’t behind the deal, and no mention of Paul Holmgren.”

    First thing I noticed as well. Not that anyone ever believed that Ed Snider isn’t making all the 8-digit decisions for the Flyers.

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  4. Poosh - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    ANYONE WHO BELIEVES ( THAT RUSSIAN ) , HAS THEIR HEAD UP THEIR BUTT , HIS AGENT’S STAFF WROTE ‘ALL’ THAT B.S. , NOW HE’S SET FOR LIFE , AND LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO ! ! A MILLION ++ A YEAR ……………….. FOR 14 YEARS . SHAME ON THE FLYERS , AND , ‘ EVERYONE ‘ IN THE ORGANIZATION , INCLUDING MR. SNIDER ! ! ! P.S. I am now sadly a NJ devils fan ………. ugh

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