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Ilya Bryzgalov Signs Try-Out Agreement With ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers

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10-02-2013, 09:28 PM
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Do NHL teams really not want this guy around their prospects in the AHL or what?
it's always good to have kids around someone who has been to the show, I don't buy the 'headcase' angle just because he's done a few funny things in interviews

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10-02-2013, 09:29 PM
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I don't feel *that* bad for the guy. This is probably just a case where he wants to live some place comfortable and stay in shape until a better or more lucrative deal comes along. Like if an NHL team gets hit with injuries.

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10-02-2013, 09:30 PM
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Sort of reminds me of Irbe having to start over in the basement. Hope Bryz gets another chance. The NHL needs more characters.

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10-02-2013, 09:37 PM
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Sort of reminds me of Irbe having to start over in the basement. Hope Bryz gets another chance. The NHL needs more characters.

Patrick Lalime had a similar path...had the great year with the Penguins but ended up in the IHL (Kansas City or San Diego?)...and then he found his way back to the league with Ottawa most notably.

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10-02-2013, 09:39 PM
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The last thing we need is another media frenzy involving goaltending. Not even remotely worth it, there are other routes.
In contrast, a media loving goaltender is just what Vegas needs.

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10-02-2013, 09:41 PM
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I really don't understand all the shock to this. Surely it's just to stay in shape and in the Country while he waits for an NHL offer to his liking. A lot easier to relocate to an NHL team than to try to negotiate a release in a KHL contract.
Agree. Makes sense to me. And maybe he simply wants to play there rather the KHL or some other league.

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5 minutes from the League of Crushed Dreams? How could anyone resist?
It's the only "pro" hockey I get in this hell hole, let me have my joy for a minute

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10-02-2013, 09:43 PM
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lol what the ****. That's pretty embarrassing. Couldn't he sign with an AHL team at least?

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10-02-2013, 09:48 PM
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he's so rich, maybe he just wants easier competition?

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I can't believe people here. If you had 23 million in your bank account and all you cared about was playing hockey and having fun, what would you do? I am sure there are quite a few of us here that would love playing hockey in Vegas rather than riding the bench somewhere or living in WB-Scranton, Manchester, Springfield or Peoria...

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It's a conspiracy by the NHL to bring hockey awareness and enthusiasm to Las Vegas before they add a team there.


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Vegas new marketing tool...."side show Bryz"

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10-02-2013, 09:55 PM
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I can't bring myself to believe this one, An average echl player makes 500$ a week.

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This guy is a bonafide NHL goalie. This is ridiculous if true.

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My take is he is trying to get back on track. I don't know that Vegas is the place to go, however. Its the farthest place away from the hockey world other than the moon Bryz could have ended up.

KHL interest was low for him, he was basically driven CSKA during the lockout. Another factor is that the goalie market seems saturated. There are other goalies with a lot of experience still on the market.

Money = irrelevant Im sure. He's taking the career move over the paycheck at this point, as desperate as it may be. Im sure he'd play for free for a year if he had too.

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ECHL? Wow.

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bizarre. I'd think he could at least play in the AHL

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I think it's higher nowadays; rookies get paid $400/week and returning players need to be paid at least $455/week. Plus, teams do cover travel, accommodation, equipment and food expenses.

Wrt Bryzgalov, staying fit/healthy is probably more of a priority and playing in a lower league with no media attention might make it easier. He already got paid, anyway.
Its only a 25 week season and the weekly salary cap is 12,400*25/20 players is ~$15k.

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10-02-2013, 10:09 PM
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Don't get me wrong, the Flyers defense was pathetic last year, but people are clueless if they think that had everything to do with how bad he played last year. He didn't even perform at an ECHL level.
That's an exaggeration. He played at an NHL backup/AHL starter level.

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Humongous wad of new cash?

Theres only one destination a man can scratch that primal urge to risk it all!

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This guy isn't worth the headache... he is not the goalie you all saw out in the desert period
I believe he does get another shot somewhere this year but I doubt he will do anything with it

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Its only a 25 week season and the weekly salary cap is 12,400*25/20 players is ~$15k.
Ah, you're correct. They get a long vacation, though. :-)

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Haha, wut. That's awesome, why the hell would anyone "feel bad".

"Millionaire get's paid to play hockey in Las Vegas"

The horror. Plus out there in the dessert you can see millions of stars. He can show his siberian huskies or whatever.

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this is a ******** conspiracy these NHL teams mean to tell me there are 60 better goalies in the league than him? garbage
I think Michael Leighton is the only goalie in the NHL last year clearly worse than Bryzgalov was.

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