Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
40-Year-Old GoalieG
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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$Became an unrestricted free agent in February 2015.
Ilya Bryzgalov: Contemplating return to NHL
GFree Agent
June 17, 2016
Bryzgalov is considering a return to the NHL, the Courier-Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Bryzgalov's name might ring a bell as a goaltender infamous for his eye-popping nine-year, $51 million contract signed with the Flyers in 2011 -- he would be bought out two seasons later and subsequently have NHL stints with the Oilers, Wild, and Ducks. Over the course of his 12-year career, Bryzgalov owns a 221-162-54 record, 2.58 GAA and .912 save percentage. The free agent didn't play at all last season, but reportedly has stayed in shape and is itching to return after drawing inspiration from watching the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Bryzgalov has not yet found a new home. Last season he found a limited role in Edmonton before being acquired by Minnesota at the trade deadline and entering their goalie carousel. In Minnesota, he proved that he's still got a little something left in the tank and that he's still prone to utter collapse in any given game. Bryz, if he finds a home, won't have a starting role and is a volatile pick at best. You likely have better options available in your draft.
Bryzgalov’s first year in Philly was considered by many to be a disappointment; it was riddled with occasionally spotty play and unyielding media coverage caused by The Universe opening his mouth too much. He posted 33 wins, seven shutouts and a .909 save percentage; his lowest in two years and many blamed the Flyers’ postseason collapse on his poor play, although he received little help in the club's second-round loss to New Jersey. Bryzgalov is still an elite goalie and the Flyers’ management was confident enough to sign him through 2020. One thing is for sure; this season the starting spot is his to lose and he is certainly worth a look afte the premier netminders have been snagged. Bryzgalov had some strong stretches, most notably in March of last year where he earned NHL player of the month honors.
The Flyers' signature move of the offseason involved Bryzgalov, whose signing brings the veteran $51 million and a heap of expectations and pressure. Bryzgalov earned his payday by being in the league's top-10 in wins (36) save percentage (.921) and shutouts (7) for the Coyotes a year ago. The Flyers have experienced backups in Sergei Bobrovsky and Michael Leighton, but there's no doubt that Bryzgalov will work between the pipes on a regular basis. He's used to the workload, having played in at least 65 games in each of the past three seasons with Phoenix.
Bryzgalov became one of the elite goaltenders in 2009-10 because without him, the Coyotes would have never made it to the first round of the playoffs. Last season, the Russian netminder posted a 42-20-6 record and was second in the league in shutouts with eight, behind Martin Brodeur. The Coyotes were able to play solid defense in front of Byrzgalov as he faced less than 30 shots per night. In doing so, he had a .920 save percentage and a 2.29 GAA. For 2010-11, he will have to post the same kind of numbers if he wants to make a return trip to the playoffs. Based on what we've seen from Bryzgalov to this point, keeping that high level of performance is just another day at the office.
Bryzgalov is an absolute warrior, and proved it last season for Phoenix. With the playoffs out of reach, the Russian backstop continued to go out there night upon night and face a ton of shots. Even still, Bryzgalov led the league in losses with 31, and has a bunch of offensive-minded defenders playing in front of him. There's no reason to expect that Bryzgalov won't see another season with a heavy workload each night. Even with a high save percentage, he'll continue to give up three goals a night, and the offense in the desert has not proven itself dependable enough to score more goals a night than Bryzgalov gives up. Of all the starting goaltenders in the league, Bryzgalov should be one of the last ones left on the shelf in most drafts because of the inconsistent young squad in front of him.
Last season, acquiring Bryzgalov through waivers sped up the development of the Coyotes' franchise. He immediately made an impact and learned how to be a number one goaltender. Now that he will be with the team for the entire season, there will be no question mark at the goalie position. Bryzgalov is a quality netminder and had a solid season with a 2.44 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He could easily become a value pick in any fantasy league.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere is out to start the year, so Bryzgalov will get a significant amount of playing time to start the season. Expect Bryzgalov to earn a No. 1 job some time this year, however it will probably not be in Anaheim. While the most likely scenario is that he'll be traded for some offensive firepower during the season, as Teemu Selanne and Dustin Penner are no longer in Orange County.
Bryzgalov had a decent 2005-06 backing up J-S Giguere, going 13-12-1 with a .910 save percentage and ended up getting many of the Ducks' playoff starts. However, it's likely head coach Randy Carlyle will platoon Giguere and Bryzgalov, so picking Bryzgalov as a number-one netminder is a dicey proposition.
Bryzgalov, who could turn out to be a solid goalie in the future, may not come back to the Ducks this season if the club doesn't work out a long-term deal before the season begins. If Bryzgalov comes to camp, he could create an interesting threat to J.S. Giguere -- he wouldn't supplant Giggy as the No. 1 goalie, but he would certainly take away some starts. Stay tuned to see if he comes back to North America before Oct. 5.
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GFree Agent
February 26, 2015
Bryzgalov was placed on unconditional waivers by the Ducks on Thursday for the purpose of his release, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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GAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
February 24, 2015
Bryzgalov was reassigned to AHL Norfolk on Tuesday, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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GAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
February 23, 2015
Bryzgalov cleared waivers on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Ilya Bryzgalov: Waived by Ducks
GAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
February 22, 2015
Bryzgalov was placed on waivers by the Ducks on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
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GAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
February 10, 2015
Bryzgalov only faced eight shots Tuesday against the Panthers, but he was pulled after allowing his third goal early in the second period.
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