While Ilya Bryzgalov was never able to live up to the nine-year contract that he signed when the Flyers acquired him, let us all take a moment to remember how inspirational and deep some of his quotes were. There were so many inspirational and deep quotes, that I don’t even know which one to use as an example. So instead, per Yahoo Sports, I will leave you with the final Bryz inspirational quote in a Flyers uniform.
“As my family and I move forward to meet the new challenges ahead, I could not leave Philadelphia without publicly thanking Mr. 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. Jeniya and I really appreciate his faith in me and what he has done for our family.
“Mr. Snider has an amazing energy for the deals he does and for winning. Hockey fans in this area should consider themselves lucky to have the team they cheer for led by a man who is as passionate about winning and doing whatever it takes to win as Flyers’ fans are. Getting to know Mr. Snider, has been a great experience. To see his passion for this game has been inspiring.
“I am grateful for teammates, to management and fans for the support I felt from so many of them through some very dark days and difficult situations. I have made many friends here – on the team, in the organization, among the media and throughout the community. Don’t ever think that I didn’t appreciate the kind comments of support made in the media by teammates and management and in private by so many very nice people I met on the streets of Philadelphia and in the surrounding area.
“I appreciate this experience more than many of you will know. I will learn from it. I have always said that a heavy sword makes a very strong arm. I intend to take this experience with me to my new team, to help me be stronger – a better player and, hopefully, a better person. At the end of the day, that is the challenge we all need to wrestle with.
“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. “
Obviously, he had a little help on the statement. While it is clear that only Bryz would say the part about “a heavy sword makes a very strong arm” , it is also clear that given his rocky two year ride in Philly that some of these quotes come from him. It is unlikely he himself would have dedicated to paragraphs to discussing how great Ed Snider is and how great the city of Philly is. I could be wrong, but that is what common sense tells me. (I’m not wrong)
As for Bryz, it was fun to have his character and stupid quotes for two years off the ice. On the ice however, he never lived up to the nine year deal he got, and when the Flyers had the chance to amnesty him, they did and it was a no brainer.