Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers?
Casting a net for Bryzgalov? As the regular season closed, Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made it clear that he had no interest in going to Winnipeg if the Phoenix franchise moved north. Too cold, and no place up there for the kids to play, noted the proud son of Togliatti, Russia. Sounds a little like Elton John’s “Rocket Man’’: “Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids . . . in fact, it’s cold as hell.’’
Now that the Coyotes are staying put for at least one year, no telling where Bryz’s rocket lands. He made $4.5 million this past year and will have just turned 31 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The bet around the league is that the Flyers finally — finally! —will get serious about fixing their goaltending woes and bring him to Philadelphia to partner with star freshman Sergei Bobrovsky (proud son of Novokuznetsk). In 11 postseason games, the Flyers tied an NHL record by yanking their starting goalie seven times.
“Something I never want to see again,’’ fumed Flyers chairman Ed Snider.
Whatever it takes, he said, the Flyers will find the 24-square-foot fix.http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/articles/2011/05/15/thornton_finally_emerges_as_more_than_average_joe/?page=full