Ilya Bryzgalov: 'I don't care' if Flyers buy me out

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov isn't worried about his future with the team. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov isn't worried about his future with the team. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 2:42 PM ET

The Philadelphia Flyers could be in a cap crunch next season but Ilya Bryzgalov couldn’t care less.

With the NHL salary cap set to drop from $70.2 million to $64.3 million, the Flyers have about $725,000 in cap space and only 20 players under contract next season. That includes Bryzgalov, who has a weighty cap hit of $5.67 million.

Bryzgalov, who is in the second year of a nine-year, $51-million contract and having one of the worst seasons of his career, could be subject to an amnesty buyout. But the veteran goaltender won’t let that possibility bother him.

“To be honest, I don’t care,” he told the Courier-Post. “Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”

Bryzgalov was asked if he’d like to stay in Philadelphia next season.

“You know, I have no control in this,” he said. “I can’t read the people’s mind. I can’t project things what they’re thinking, that’s why I’m not worried about things I can’t control. I maybe want one thing and they want a different thing.”

The 32-year-old hasn't been very good this season, going 17-15-3 with a 2.88 goals-against average and career-worst .896 save percentage.

But, again, Bryzgalov isn’t bothered by his bloated numbers.

“Stats don’t always reflect what’s real,” Bryzgalov said. “I remember once Wayne Gretzky told me stats are for losers.”

Bryzgalov has started in 36 of 39 games for the Flyers this season. They’re 12th in the Eastern Conference with 37 points.


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