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Bryzgalov sounds off on his future in Philadelphia

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4/10/2013 9:40:25 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov may be growing weary of the goaltending carousel in Philadelphia, as the 32-year-old netminder spoke his mind prior to the Flyers' Tuesday night game against the New York Islanders.

When asked by the Courier-Post about the team's decision to sign newly-acquired netminder Steve Mason to a contract extension earlier this week and whether or not he was worried about the possibility of a compliance buyout, the usually-candid Russian did not disappoint in his response.

"To be honest, I don't care," he said. "Really, I don't care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?"

Signed by the Flyers to a nine-year, $51 million contract by the Flyers in the summer of 2011, Bryzgalov's tenure in Philadelphia has been characterized by colourful quotes and the inability to post the kind of elite numbers that made him an All-Star with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Bryzgalov was also ambivalent when asked about the possibility of remaining a Flyer beyond this 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."

Bryzgalov has a 17-15-3 record with Philadelphia this season with an .896 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

When asked if he'd enjoy his off day by heading to the Beach on Long Island, the Russian was quick to make light of the situation.

"You can call it whatever you want, but it's not a beach," he told reporters. "A beach is somewhere in the Caribbean, somewhere in Florida where it's warm and you can swim. Here is dark water."

The Flyers - who have made the postseason every year since finishing with a league-low 56 points in 2006-07 - are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, five points out of a playoff spot.

The team has been in search for a long-term impact goaltender since Ron Hextall emerged as a standout in the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs. The team has made two trips to the Final since then relying on the likes of Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton.

Bryzgalov - who has posted a combined save percentage of just under .905 in a season and a half in Philly - has seven years and $34.5 million left on his contract and the salary cap is due to drop from $70.2 million this season to $64.3 million next season.

Ilya Bryzgalov (Photo: Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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