Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov wants to play for the Flyers.
Now it’s up to general manager Paul Holmgren and Bryzgalov’s agent, Ritch Winters, to work out the costly details.
The Flyers acquired Bryzgalov’s rights on Tuesday. They hope to sign him before he hits the free-agent market on July 1.
“I am pleased the Flyers thought enough of me to make the trade with the Coyotes,” Bryzgalov said in a statement. “Philadelphia is a great city, a great organization and a great team with a rich history. I am looking forward to meeting with Paul Holmgren to discuss the possibility of us working together for many years to come.”
Bryzgalov, an outgoing, colorful sort who is a student of Philadelphia history - he enjoys reading about Ben Franklin - said he would “very much like to have the opportunity to play for the Flyers and be a part of the team Paul has assembled and to work with Paul and Mr. (Ed) Snider to see if we can achieve the ultimate goal.”
The Russian goalie, who turns 31 later this month, thinks the Flyers are close to winning their first championship since 1975, saying they are “right there.”
“I would love very much to be a part of the team that brings the Stanley Cup back to Philadelphia,” he said. “It would be a great honor. And it’s time!”
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