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The Latest on Bryzgalov

September 23, 2013, 10:34 AM ET [6 Comments]
Josh Rimer
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I spoke with Ilya Bryzgalov's agent Ritch Winter yesterday. Wanted to see if Bryz was available to chat, "No Bryz is taking full advantage of his time to workout and spend quality time with his family," Winter Said. I then tried to find out if he was in North America or overseas, "He is here and we appreciate your interest."

So by here, I got the impression that Bryz is skating and workout out in Philly where it's believed he still owns a home with his family. Bryz did get some interest from the Florida Panthers before they inked UFA Tim Thomas to a PTO last week. So what teams would be first in line for Bryz's services? To be honest, with Tomas Vokoun being out god knows how long, the Penguins might be a good fit.

The distance from Philly to Pittsburgh is 258 miles, roughly over a 4 hour drive. And how many times have seen Penguins leave to go to Philly, or a Flyer go to the Penguins? Jaromir Jagr, and Max Talbot recently went to the Flyers and in the early 90's we saw Rick Tocchet & Ken Wregget become Penguins after being with the Flyers.

Even though Bryz is a little out there, he can be a good goalie, and help a team out. He's played well before, in Phoenix & Anaheim, so why can't he succeed in Pittsburgh? If I'm Penguins GM Ray Shero, I'm phoning Ritch Winter right now to see if he'll sign a 1 year deal for $1 million to be a backup to MA Fleury. What do you have to lose?

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