June 8, 2011 |
Pronounced: IHL-yah breez-GAH-lahf Pos.: Goalie Hgt.: 6-3 Wgt.: 210 Age: 30 Born: June 22, 1980 (Togliatti, USSR) Transactions: Drafted: 2000, 2nd round (No. 44), by Anaheim. Nov. 16, 2007: Placed on waivers by Ducks. Nov. 17, 2007: Claimed by Phoenix. June 7, 2011: Traded to Flyers for LW Matt Clackson, a third-round draft choice in 2012 and a conditional draft choice. Career stats: 156-116-35, 2.53 goals-against average, .916 save percentage Stanley Cup: 2007 with Anaheim Awards: 2009 Vezina Trophy runner-up International: 2002 (Salt Lake City)
April 30, 2013 |
ILYA BRYZGALOV performed his final stand-up routine of the season yesterday; please, tip your servers and try the caviar. It really was a Tour de Bryz. His target this day was the media. At one point, he said that perusing stories written about him - which he apparently does with a highlighter - often leaves him thinking, "Sometimes you're reading and it's like, 'Oh my God, who is this lunatic?' " But, he said, it doesn't bother him. "Not anymore," Bryzgalov said. "Not anymore.
December 11, 2012
Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was removed from Russia's roster after undergoing a medical exam, according to the Russian Hockey Federation's website. The national team plays in the Channel One Cup tournament in Moscow this week. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren did not respond Sunday to a request for information. A Russian report indicated that the goalie has a virus. Bryzgalov, who signed a nine-year, $51 million contract with the Flyers before last season, has been playing for CSKA Moscow during the NHL lockout.
October 29, 2011 |
Ilya Bryzgalov apparently has found his way out of the woods. One day after he allowed four goals on 10 shots in a relief role, the Flyers' struggling goalie had his "swagger" back on Friday, according to Jeff Reese, the respected goalie coach and a man who has to be an amateur psychologist, trying to get the veteran back on track. The Flyers did not practice, but they had a team meeting at the SkateZone in Voorhees. Reese had a long one-on-one session with Bryzgalov, who has lost four in a row and has a 5.05 goals-against average and an .802 save percentage in that span.
February 7, 2013 |
When Ilya Bryzgalov is the most reliable player on your hockey team, things are either very good or very bad. You already know which way the Flyers have been going. They are a team with no clear identity and precious little time to forge one. As they have skated around in a fog through 10 games, the only real stability has been provided by their goaltender. Fans of irony will appreciate this more than fans of winning hockey. The fans in the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night were enthralled by Bryzgalov's play.
April 2, 2013 |
After Alex Ovechkin's shot rocketed past Ilya Bryzgalov to give Washington a 4-2 lead, the goalie grabbed his water bottle and threw it at the Flyers' bench in anger. When Bryzgalov's bottle landed, orange Gatorade exploded all over the ice at precisely the time it appeared the Flyers were unraveling yet again. The one-timer was Ovechkin's ninth goal in his last 10 games. Was Bryzgalov showing shades of Cechmaneks past? Roman Cechmanek, also known as the "Bipolar Goaler," routinely and publicly called out teammates for mistakes during games, which often led to shouting matches.
May 3, 2013 |
Ilya Bryzgalov, the wannabe cosmonaut who enjoys critiquing journalists in his spare time, cannot be blamed for the Flyers' failure to make the playoffs this season. The quirky Russian goalie was good, not great, and his overall numbers - a pedestrian 2.79 goals-against average and career-worst .900 save percentage - are somewhat misleading. Because of his team's poor defensive play, Bryzgalov faced an inordinate number of odd-man rushes and breakaways. Bryzgalov, who will turn 33 next month, was one of the league's true workhorses.
April 5, 2013 |
ALL PAUL HOLMGREN had to say was, "Bryz is our No. 1 goalie, now and for the foreseeable future. " Words to that effect would have squelched speculation that the Flyers' deadline trade Wednesday for Steve Mason, a young, pedigreed goalie, might mean an early divorce from Ilya Bryzgalov. Instead, Holmgren said, "We see [Mason] as one of our two goalies, not only the rest of this year, but moving forward. We'll just leave it at that for now. " Of course, nothing concerning the Flyers gets left at that.
March 1, 2013 |
IN HOCKEY, pregame skates are usually quiet - players twirling around the ice in an empty arena in an attempt to shake the doldrums of a night's sleep. Ilya Bryzgalov livened the Flyers' morning skate on Wednesday when he exited his crease and winged his goalie stick across the ice in apparent frustration. It was a routine drill, one the Flyers perform religiously before games, yet something upset Bryzgalov. It has been a routine practice recently for Bryzgalov, who has tried hard to stay out of the limelight after a less than flattering introduction to Philadelphia last season.
May 3, 2012 |
AT THE START of this postseason, Ilya Bryzgalov was the question with no answer. Was he good enough to steal you a game or two or three? Was he flaky enough to sabotage one all by himself? It was a debate that seemed endless, and turned even the more rational Flyers fans into schizophrenics. So what to make of Tuesday night? Bryzgalov played one of those steal-it-for-you games, and the Flyers still lost. For two periods, he stopped shots, and rebounds of shots, and sprawled all over the place.