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  1. GIF: Ilya Bryzgalov throws stick in the air as Flyers celebrate

    Dec 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    For one brief moment, all was right in the universe. The Philadelphia Flyers had just tied the Edmonton Oilers in the third period with a Scott Hartnell goal off the two-man advantage, and Ilya Bryzgalov cracked. Luckily, it was captured forever in a brilliant GIF. There really is no other way to describe this besides…

  2. Flyers will pay Ilya Bryzgalov $20k to play against them

    Dec 28, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

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    Ilya “Costly Mistake” Bryzgalov made it back to the NHL last month, though he doesn’t look the part quite yet. Bryz still dons a plain white mask when he’s between the pipes for the Edmonton Oilers. It’s a wonder he hasn’t adorned his mask with rare jewels, courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers. Bryzgalov hit the…

  3. Edmonton Oilers GM heard Ilya Bryzgalov is a ‘terrible’ person

    Nov 19, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Ilya Bryzgalov is back in the NHL after a brief conditioning stint with the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate. It’s somewhat surprising it happened so fast. Little more than a month ago, Bryz was being courted by an ECHL franchise. Then again, I suppose Edmonton isn’t much better. The Oilers have a 5-15-2 record this season,…

  4. Just Ilya Bryzgalov hanging with the Blue Man Group guy

    Oct 11, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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    We get some strange things in our inbox from time to time. This is certainly among them. The email read: Professional hockey player Ilya Bryzgalov was spotted enjoying Blue Man Group’s one year anniversary performance at Monte Carlo Resort and Casinoon Thursday, Oct. 10. Bryzgalov is a former Olympian, won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in the 2006 – 2007 NHL…

  5. Ilya Bryzgalov to the ECHL? Get to know the Las Vegas Wranglers

    Oct 3, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Ilya Bryzgalov hasn’t made it all the way to the Tyson Zone, but there’s very little you wouldn’t believe about his future career prospects if you were only sold a good story. Working on confirming or debunking, but, word in Philly is Bryzgalov is about to sign an East Coast Hockey League contract in Las…

  6. Are 2013-14 Flyers pulling in too many different directions?

    Oct 2, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

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    A new season is dawning for the Flyers, and with any new season comes hope. The road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a long one, and there surely will be bumps along the way, but if the Orange & Black can return to the postseason, anything can happen in the NHL. Are the Flyers…

  7. Quotable: Bob Feels for Bryz Because Philadelphia is a ‘Severe City’ for Goalies

    Jul 3, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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    There’s not a ton of context to these quotes that come courtesy of Russian hockey writer Igor Eronko on Twitter who spoke to former Flyer and best goalie in all the land, Sergei Bobrovsky, about Ilya Bryzgalov and his incredibly lucrative buyout, but they at least relay a bit of sympathy from one netminder to…

  8. One Final Goodbye to Danny Briere

    Jun 27, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

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    By rule, compliance buyouts are allowed to be filed 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals, which means Ilya Bryzgalov’s and Danny Briere’s walking papers are surely official by now. The two of them are no longer Flyers, and cannot re-sign with the club even though they become free agents along with…

  9. Ilya Bryzgalov Issues Statement on His Exit from the Flyers

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    USA Today Images 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…

  10. 5 Points You Shouldn’t Ignore about the Flyers’ Ilya Bryzgalov Debacle

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Two years and two days after signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal, the Flyers on Tuesday admitted they made a mistake. Bryzgalov — defiant, moody and accusatory right up to the end — naturally blamed the media. There’s little arguing that getting rid of him wasn’t the right move — it was…

  11. Was Ilya Bryzgalov’s Contract the Worst Ever?

    Jun 25, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    You think nine years at $51 million for Ilya Bryzgalov looked bad? How ‘bout two years, $16.5 million – plus another $23 million just to go away. As part of the largest buyout in NHL history, Bryzgalov will receive $1.63 mil per year over twice the length of his remaining contract, so 14 years. The…

  12. Flyers Buyout Ilya Bryzgalov’s Contract

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    What a difference two years make. Two years ago the Flyers were excitedly introducing Ilya Bryzgalov to Philadelphia. Paul Holmgren touted Bryz as an upper-echelon goaltender. Ed Snider hoped this was the final piece. Two years later, on a Tuesday afternoon, the Flyers quietly announced Bryzgalov has played his final game in Orange & Black.…

  13. Ilya Bryzgalov Flies Off In Style, By Congratulating Philly Media, Hanging Up On Reporter

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    His work in net never lived up to the hype. His words off the ice were often hilarious and wildly entertaining. With the Flyers buying out Ilya Bryzgalov’s contract today, all we’re left with are a few space quotes and memories of bears. At least he went out in style by hanging up on Philly…

  14. Flyers Notes: Bobby Ryan Trade Rumor, Danny Briere a Goner, Bryz Next?

    Jun 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    It’s been a busy and frequently strange 24-plus hours around the Flyers to say the least. These are just a handful of the developments since the latest on Mark Streit and Jonathan Bernier. • Bobby Ryan to Philadelphia is starting to have that inevitable feel to it simply because the Cherry Hill native has been…

  15. Flyers ‘Frontrunners’ for G Jonathan Bernier, Kings Want Jake Voracek

    Jun 18, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Peter Laviolette set an NHL record by making seven in-game goaltender switches during the 2011 playoffs. Now it seems Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is trying to one-up his head coach with a juggling act of his own. For a franchise that was determined to discontinue the merry-go-round in their own net, the front office…

  16. The Flyers and Their ‘Insane’ Mark Streit Deal Are Stuck in Limbo

    Jun 18, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Let me see if I’ve got this story straight. The Flyers have reportedly agreed in principle to a four-year contract worth $21 million with 35-year-old defenseman Mark Streit (more on that later, stay with me on this), a report which general manager Paul Holmgren denies. Holmgren’s denial could have something to do with the fact…

  17. Who’s to Blame for the Sergei Bobrovsky Debacle?

    Jun 17, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    You may have missed it, because the NHL for some reason thought it would be a good idea to announce their individual award winners over a weekend in June, but Sergei Bobrovsky did in fact take home this season’s Vezina Trophy. He beat out Antti Niemi. He eclipsed Henrik Lundqvist. Bobrovsky is the best goaltender…

  18. Panotch: Flyers Considering Buyout for Bryzgalov – Should They?

    Jun 14, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

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    There has been talk of using a compliance buyout on Ilya’s Bryzgalov since the term entered the NHL lexicon. According to Tim Panaccio’s sources, that option may be close to becoming a reality. According to a report filed by Panotch on Friday, the Flyers’ are indeed weighing whether or not to use the amnesty clause…

  19. ‘Ilya Bryzgalov’s Why You Hefe To Be Mad Hefeweizen’ Is a Perfect Name for a Homebrew

    May 31, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

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    It’s Friday afternoon, soon time to pick up your reward for a week well done: a few cold beverages. Well here’s a story to raise your glass to this weekend. Philly.com’s Justin Klugh has a cool feature on the site today about a local home brewer named Paul Lahm. What makes Lahm special is twofold.…

  20. Of Course Someone Had to Ask Ilya Bryzgalov His Thoughts on Stalin

    May 15, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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    Couldn’t they have just asked him about space? Or bears even? Maybe ask him to go into greater detail as to why he likes “new” cities like Boston (???) as opposed to “old” cities like Philadelphia? No. The Russian interviewer had to ask Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to explain his thoughts on Joseph Stalin. This…

  21. Ilya Bryzgalov’s Chat with Russian Media Makes Him Look Quite Reasonable

    May 9, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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    The English translations of Ilya Bryzgalov’s interviews with the Russian media are always fairly fascinating. You just get the sense that he’s more comfortable talking to them or not afraid to tell them exactly how he feels. Or maybe he just doesn’t have to mince words. He can just say exactly what he thinks. Puck…

  22. Ilya Bryzgalov Is Playing Angry Birds While His Russian National Team Is Playing Hockey

    May 9, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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    The Russian national team is currently playing France in the IIHF World Championships. And Ilya Bryzgalov is playing Angry Birds: Star Wars edition. Bryzgalov is one of three goalies on the Russian roster, alongside Semyon Varlamnov of the Colorado Avalanche and Vasili Kosechkin, who is currently in net. [RELATED: Ilya Bryzgalov’s chat with the Russian…

  23. Sergei Bobrovsky Is Now a Vezina Finalist

    May 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The NHL announced Wednesday that Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Niemi and Sergei Bobrovsky are your three finalists for the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist you know as the guy who routinely stonewalls the Flyers, Niemi you know as the guy who was in net for the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup win over the Flyers, and…

  24. Ilya Bryzgalov Ducks another Shot, Defeats USA at World Championships Anyway

    May 7, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

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    They gave a valiant effort, but in the end Ilya Bryzgalov was able to hold Team USA at bay. The Flyers netminder stopped 19 of 22 shots, and a stacked Russian squad led by the New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk finally pulled away with two goals late in the third period for the 5-3 victory…