Bryzgalov leaves 'hell' for North Pole

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov expects to be in Edmonton early next week (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency).

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov expects to be in Edmonton early next week (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency).

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

Basically, Ilya Nikolayevich Bryzgalov is going from hell to the North Pole.

One of Bryzgalov’s memorable quotes dealing with Philadelphia playing with the Flyers:

“When I signed here, people said ‘Oh, you know where you’re going? You’re going to hell, you know? They hate ... They’ve never had goalies. Philadelphia is a miserable market for goalies.”

And he once referred to Edmonton as the North Pole.

“North Pole, baby, it’s the coldest place I’ve ever been.”

Your agent felt, with that in mind, it was my duty to deliver Sunday’s Edmonton forecast: High minus 9 degrees C. Low minus 13.

Seemed as good a place as any to begin in a telephone interview with the new Edmonton Oilers goalie, the Russian the Philadelphia Flyers gave a nine-year $51 million contract and then, two years later, used a compliance buyout for the remaining seven years of his contract.

“I said it’s LIKE North Pole. Didn’t say it IS North Pole,” said Bryzgalov.


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