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Edmonton Oilers recall goalie Ilya Bryzgalov from AHL Oklahoma City

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By Michael Blinn

The Edmonton Oilers made it officially official on Sunday, recalling goalie Ilya Bryzgalov from their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

It’s been a rough few months for the embattled net minder, who was bought out by the Flyers in the offseason, was unable to catch on with a team in training camp and spent a short stint practicing in the ECHL before the Oilers problems forced them to add ‘Bryz.’

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  • Published On Nov 17, 2013
  • Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov signs with Edmonton Oilers

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    During his ten years in the NHL, Ilya Bryzgalov has played for the Ducks, Coyotes and Flyers. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    During his ten years in the NHL, Ilya Bryzgalov has played for the Ducks, Coyotes and Flyers. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s official: Ilya Bryzgalov is coming in from — and into — the cold.

    The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms with the colorful free agent goaltender on Friday night. Terms weren’t announced, but multiple sources say it is a one-year note worth a pro-rated $3 million. If that’s the case, it’s a low-risk deal that makes sense for a team whose situation between the pipes almost certainly can’t get any worse.

    Edmonton, currently in last place in the NHL’s Western Conference, has allowed a league-high 66 goals this season with Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman between the pipes. Dubnyk will stay on board to challenge Bryzgalov for ice time.

    Bryzgalov went 19-17-3 with a 2.79 GAA and .900 save percentage last season for the Flyers, but the team decided he was an ill-fitting part and bought out of the final seven years of his nine-year, $51 million contract over the summer.

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  • Published On Nov 08, 2013
  • Ilya Bryzgalov headed to Sweden?

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    Ilya Bryzgalov had a 2.79 goals-against average with Philadelphia last season. (AP)

    Ilya Bryzgalov had a 2.79 goals-against average with Philadelphia last season. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    It appears that UFA goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is on his way to Sweden… to work on his game. Whether he finds a team to play for over there remains to be seen.

    The tweet above is from Swedish goalie coach Erik Granqvist, who says (and forgive the rough translation) that “Bryzgalov and his agent Ritch Winter got in touch with me and asked if I could help support Bryz in his game.” Read More…


  • Published On Jul 31, 2013
  • Top Line: Best goaltending in history, top buyout candidates, more links

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    Craig Anderson, along with backup Robin Lehner, is putting together a spectacular season in Ottawa. (Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner are on the verge of crafting the best season of goaltending in modern history.

    • Roberto Luongo and Ilya Bryzgalov top the list of likely compliance buyout candidates this summer.

    • They talked Olympics, Carl Soderberg, Filip Forsberg and the NHL setting up shop in Las Vegas on The Hot Stove.

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  • Published On Apr 14, 2013
  • Ilya Bryzgalov wronged by Courier-Post

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    Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers was misquoted by the Courier-Post.

    It’s been a tough season and Ilya Bryzgalov knows the score, but he does care. (Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At this point, Ilya Bryzgalov may not care whether he wears black and orange or some other team’s colors next season. But that’s not exactly what he said on Tuesday to Courier-Post writer Randy Miller.

    In fact, Bryzgalov, whose loquaciousness makes him just about the best friend a journalist could ask for in this game, was wronged by the editor who cobbled together the headline for Miller’s piece in today’s Courier-Post piece: “Bryzgalov on staying a Flyer: ‘To be honest, I don’t care.’”

    No surprise that the phrasing caused a bit of controversy online. Short of suggesting that the best cheese steaks are found in Pittsburgh, lacking passion for the privilege of being a Flyer is just about the best way to get under the skin of one of hockey’s most devoted fan bases.

    It’s a provocative hed. I got sucked in by it myself when I was putting together this morning’s Top Line column. But what Bryzgalov really said was something different.

    First, he was asked about the possibility of being a buyout candidate this summer.

    “To be honest, I don’t care,” he said. “Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2013
  • Ilya Bryzgalov: “We can’t protect ourselves from the space danger!”

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    A wall of a local zinc plant is shown after being damaged by a shockwave from a meteor in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on Feb. 15. (Oleg Karogopolov/Getty Images).

    A wall of a local zinc plant is shown after being damaged by a shockwave from a meteor in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on Feb. 15. (Oleg Karogopolov/Getty Images).

    By Allan Muir

    It’s not just bears in the forest that frighten Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov now. It’s unstoppable meteors hellbent on destroying the earth and taking our attention away from hockey.

    Bryzgalov, appearing on the Mike and Ike Show on Philadelphia radio station WIP this morning, was asked for his thoughts on the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, last week.

    Seriously, we need to treasure this guy.

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  • Published On Feb 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Luongo trade close, MacLean’s doppelganger, more

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    Roberto Luongo trade by Canucks near

    Should he stay or should he go? Roberto Luongo is valuable to the Canucks either way. (Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Maybe they can get that Strombone guy in return. If Vancouver GM Mike Gillis is saying on record that there’s a provisional deal in place for Roberto Luongo, the early season’s biggest drama must be about to close. Or not. Who knows. Key point is buried at the end of the column: Luongo’s been the consummate pro during all this trade speculation, preventing the process from turning into a soap opera. This time around, being the anti-Tim Thomas is a good thing.

    Let’s not discount this free beer idea. The special warmup jerseys and pregame speeches were swell, but the healing process actually began with a competitive effort last night in Columbus. New GM John Davidson promised that his team wouldn’t be outworked, and the Jackets backed him up in theirt 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit.  A consistent, focused effort will go a long way in C-bus…at least for now…

    Must be the cooking. The Leafs have lost 12 of 14 at the ACC after being dropped 2-1 by the Sabres last night. At least it was a freebie for season-ticket holders.

    All things being equal, I’d take the blond. Ian Mendes has the scoop on the best behind-the-bench distraction since Taylor Stevens.

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  • Published On Jan 22, 2013
  • NHL owners: lockout mystery men

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    Ted Leonsis and Alex Ovechkin

    Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is widely rumored to be in the group of hardline owners who are prolonging the lockout, but is he really trying to get out from under the fat deal he gave Alex Ovechkin? (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    On Wednesday’s blog post, we touched on the unity of the players and their rising anger level during the lockout. It prompted a comment regarding the unity of the owners. “You write about the possibility of players getting angry but what about the owners?” asked the reader who goes by JamesLandonJones. “How long until the owners in small or non-traditional hockey markets, or with otherwise shallow pockets and bills to pay, begin to apply pressure on Bettman? If this happens, where will the cracks first appear? How long before it begins? Has it already begun? Fehr has shown great skill and foresight in rallying his union. Does Bettman have the necessary skills to do the same with ownership?”

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  • Published On Nov 01, 2012
  • NHL lockout survival guide

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    Wells Fargo Center

    NHL arenas will be quiet and empty on the league’s originally scheduled opening night, and likely for some time as the lockout drags. But thankfully, hockey’s landscape is vast and full of alternative action. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

    Hockey Fix Guides: MUIR: Canadian Major Juniors  | CAZENEUVE: AHL, ECHL, U.S. juniors | BAUMGAERTNER: KHL, Euro leagues | KWAK: 2012-13 NCAA men’s and women’s ice hockey

    By Stu Hackel

    It’s time for Plan B.

    Like many of you, I had planned to watch opening night of the NHL season, probably switching between the Senators-Canadiens game and the Bruins-Flyers tilt in the early evening and doing the same for the two late contests, the Canucks taking on the Flames in Calgary and the Blues battling the Avalanche in Colorado.

    Thanks to the ongoing lockout, we won’t be doing that. So the search for hockey — in person, on video screens and computer monitors, on this continent or elsewhere — is on.

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  • Published On Oct 11, 2012
  • Lokomotiv Yaroslavl remembered, revived year after KHL air crash

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    Fan memorials to the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team that perished in the 2011 KHL air crash began immediately and will continue with a march through the club’s home city as a new season dawns. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    They had bright hopes for a new season. They rolled down the runway, taking off for their opening game, which was to be played the next evening in Minsk. The entire playing roster, plus four members of the youth team as well as the coaching and training staffs were on board, as was a crew of eight. Their plane ran off the runway before takeoff, didn’t gain much altitude, hit a signal tower and fell into the Volga River just over a mile from the Tunoshna Airport. All but one person, a flight attendant, were killed.

    Friday marks the first anniversary of the worst tragedy ever to hit the hockey world, the Yaroslavl plane crash in which 37 members of the Lokomotiv KHL team perished . A silent march through the streets of Yaroslavl, a true hockey town long devoted to the club, will mark the occasion. But Thursday, the re-formed Lokomotiv team returns to playing its KHL season opener, visiting Sibir Novosibirsk.

    UPDATE: With three second period goals, Lokomotiv defeated Sibir 5-2. More details below.

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  • Published On Sep 06, 2012


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