Former Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, perhaps surprisingly, is saying all the right things.
In a classic case of good cop, bad cop, Bryzaglov’s agent, Ritch Winter, did the opposite Wednesday.
Appearing on Edmonton’s 630 CHED, Winter, mere hours after Bryzgalov thanked the Flyers in a release, teed off on his client’s former club. In 2011, Bryzgalov signed a nine-year, $51 million deal with the Flyers, who will be paying the 33-year-old $23 million over the next 14 years.
“It’s terrible for goaltenders in Philadelphia,” Winter told the station a day after the Flyers used a compliance buyout on Bryzgalov massive contract. “There’s more wrong with Philadelphia’s goaltending than just the goaltending.”
The smugness emanating from Bryzgalov’s camp comes as somewhat of a surprise after the Russian released a seemingly heart-felt statement Wednesday morning.
In it, Bryzgalov thanked Philly fans and seemed genuinely appreciative of the opportunity.
“As my family and I move forward to meet the new challenges ahead, I could not leave Philadelphia without publicly thanking (Flyers chairman) Mr. (Ed) Snider for the faith he showed in me when he committed to the long-term contract that has secured my family’s financial future and acknowledging his passion for the game of hockey,” Bryzgalov said. “I look forward to the bright future ahead, but will never forget my time with the Philadelphia Flyers. For this time and this experience, I am grateful.”
Winter, however, appeared grateful for one thing — the close to $40 million his client is set to rake in for just a few seasons of work.
“Thank you very much,” Winter said. “I’ll move on.”
That move may be to Edmonton, according to radio host Dan Tencer, who reported Winter said while Bryzgalov would hate the Edmonton weather, he would love the energy and thinks the Oilers can win.