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June 8, 2011 | by the Daily News
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)
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April 30, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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February 7, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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April 2, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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May 3, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 29, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 3, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
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.
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January 22, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - Ilya Bryzgalov played two strong games for the Flyers and has nothing to show for it. Praise for the goaltender after the team allowed eight goals in two games is not something you normally would hear. Forget the numbers for a second. Consider the situations: Two empty-netters, four power-play goals, including two redirections off teammates, and one goal during 4-on-4 play. That leaves one tally - James Neal's one-time blast off a faceoff on Saturday - as Bryzgalov's lone, 5-on-5, even-strength goal against.
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April 5, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 5, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
A THRILLING and glorious ride ended when it should have. Beaten by a better team, a more mature team with a greater understanding of playoff imperatives, the Flyers are a better club for it. They learned this, if nothing else: They have a chance against virtually anyone as long as they play with abandon. They will take penalties, but they will draw them, too. They will give up rushes, but they will get them, too. They cannot control a game as the Rangers did this series, as the Kings did in their Stanley Cup run. They can only play.
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January 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
To their credit, the Flyers learned from the disastrous nine-year deal they gave Ilya Bryzgalov. They announced Saturday they had signed goalie Steve Mason, who could have become a restricted free agent after this season, to a three-year extension. Mason will be paid $12.3 million, or $4.1 million per season. It's a good deal for the Flyers because it does not tie them up for an ultra-long period, like the $51 million Bryzgalov contract. It's also a good deal for them when you consider Mason's agent, Anton Thun, said last month he thought his client was comparable to Montreal's Carey Price, who signed a six-year deal for $39 million ($6.5 million per season)
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January 3, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
DENVER - By the time the Flyers acquired Steve Mason last April 3, contract negotiations already were underway on an extension for the goaltender. In fact, it was Mason's agent, Anton Thun, who helped broker the trade between the Flyers and Blue Jackets. Mason earned $3.2 million last season in Columbus. As a pending restricted free agent, he was due a qualifying offer that summer for at least 100 percent of the same salary. Already spending a boatload on goaltending with Ilya Bryzgalov, it was clear the Flyers weren't willing to pay anywhere near that price for a goaltender whose once-bright future was slowly slipping away.
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December 31, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Claude Giroux. Jake Voracek. Wayne Simmonds. Hot. Hotter. Hottest. The trio has keyed the Flyers' recent surge, which has carried the team to a season-best 18-16-4 record. Giroux (eight games) and Voracek (nine) have longer points streaks than Simmonds (five). But Simmonds has scored more than one goal in each of the last three games, becoming the first Flyer to accomplish that feat since Reggie Leach in 1981. "It's an honor to be mentioned in the same breath with Reggie Leach," said Simmonds, who had two goals in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win in Edmonton, giving him a club-high 12 goals this season.
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December 31, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - Some mornings, like yesterday at the team hotel overlooking Coal Harbour, Scott Hartnell is envious of Sean Couturier. It's not that Hartnell wishes he was was a decade younger. His body just feels the destruction his rambunctious style of play has wreaked. "I was looking at Couturier today in the locker room. He gets to sit there, relax, watch the football games and put on his skates to go practice," Hartnell said. "I wake up, my shoulders are tight, my hips are sore.
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December 28, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers start a six-game road trip Saturday night in Edmonton and are expected to face their colorful, controversial former teammate, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. "It's going to be weird," center Claude Giroux said with a smile. "We'll see" how it goes. "It's always a little different facing a former teammate, whether it's Bryz or whoever it is," defenseman Braydon Coburn said. "It's just part of this business . . . and you try to come out on the right side of it, competitively.
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September 15, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FLYERS CHAIRMAN Ed Snider said the sting of last season lasted until this week, when training camp finally pulled the curtain on a new one. The disappointment lingering from failing to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for only the ninth time in 45 seasons is why Snider, 80, took a hands-on approach this offseason. For the first time in a long time, Snider was at the Flyers' draft table in June when they nabbed defenseman Samuel Morin at No. 12 overall. He also lauded general manager Paul Holmgren's decision to add without subtracting, citing his excitement for the Flyers' "young kids.
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July 29, 2013
This is a post from Frank Seravalli's Frequent Flyers blog:   ON JUNE 24, one day before his client was bought out, Ilya Bryzgalov's agent bragged in an e-mail to the Daily News that he had "half a dozen" NHL general managers saying they would "have [Bryzgalov] on their team anytime. " More than a month later, Bryzgalov has not yet found a home for next season. Last week, Bryzgalov was left off Russia's Sochi Olympic evaluation roster, even though he played for his country at the World Championships in May. Sergei Bobrovsky and 38-year-old Evgeni Nabokov were invited.
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July 12, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
WAYNE SIMMONDS said yesterday he thinks the Flyers' goaltending switch from eccentric Ilya Bryzgalov to Ray Emery and Steve Mason will not help only on the ice - but also in the dressing room. Simmonds was asked this queston by Sportsnet 590 in Toronto: "Are you guys better off with Emery over Bryzgalov, just from a dressing-room standpoint and stability?" "I think it will help guys out," Simmonds said. "Nothing against Bryz or anything like that. When [Mason] came in last year, he played really strong for us. And you look at what Razor did with Chicago, I think we got a great one-two tandem there.
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July 8, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
OVER THE last 5 years, Paul Holmgren has handed out $269.7 million of Ed Snider's dollars to five players. Three players, Jeff Carter ($58 million), Mike Richards ($69 million) and James van Riemsdyk ($25.5 million), were traded for one reason or another. One, Ilya Bryzgalov ($51 million), did not meet expectations. Bryzgalov's mistake was wiped from the books at a cost of $23 million over the next 14 years. Flyers captain Claude Giroux was the latest to sign one of those megadeals, scribbling his name yesterday to finalize an 8-year deal worth $66.2 million.
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