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?”