Much like Philly’s first compliance buyout in the summer of 2013, the second is contemplating retirement as well.
Ilya Bryzgalov (35) told the website of HC Lada (KHL) that the next month and a half will decide whether his career is completed or not.
Bryzgalov doesn’t think he’ll be returning to the KHL, as he wants to spend more time with his family who are located in the Philadelphia area.
Rough translation from Google Translate on what Bryz will do in retirement: I will only deal with [my] children, to put [them] on their feet, to give as much attention to their development. During [my] sports career with games, flights, and transfers, [I] could not do this adequately. In practice, you do not notice how your children grow. Now they are quite small, and there is a good opportunity to spend time with them and see how they grow.
Following a trade from Edmonton to Minnesota in early March 2014, Ilya Bryzgalov led the Wild to the playoffs: 12 GP, 7-1-3, .911 SV%, 2.12 GAA
It took till December last season for Bryzgalov to find work though, signing a one year deal with the Ducks.
In eight games with Anaheim, Bryz had a really poor .847 SV% and 4.19 GAA.
The Flyers will be paying the goaltender about $1.63 million a year for the next 12 years.
H/T Puck Daddy