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Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 2:25 pm

The minute the Coyotes lost -- OK, well before they lost -- it was rumored a move to Winnipeg would be next for the struggling franchise. That's been the topic of discussion and the fear among Coyotes fans. Apparently it's a fear among some players, too.

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, a large reason Phoenix has reached the postseason the last couple of seasons, isn't interested in being a Jet.

Courtesy of the Winnipeg Sun

"You don't want to go to Winnipeg, right?" Bryzgalov said after the Coyotes lost to Detroit, Wednesday night. "Not many people live there, not many Russian people there. Plus it's cold. There's no excitement except the hockey. No park, no entertaining for the families, for the kids. It's going to be tough life for your family."
It's an interesting take, to say the least. It validates what some say, that, even though the fan support and interest aren't there, some players like playing in Southern markets where it's warm and hockey isn't the only draw in town. You would think a Coyote, who had to listen to his "home" crowd cheer when he surrendered any score to the Red Wings, might like the idea of a fervent fan base behind him.

So if the Coyotes do become the Jets -- or whatever nickname they would take -- what's next for Bryzgalov, a free agent this offseason? His home would be in play.

"I better go to somewhere in Russia, KHL, to be honest. Because KHL is Russian people, it's family, friends. Even as a cold place, I can speak to people in Russian language."
Losing Bryzgalov would be a blow for the franchise, but I don't think the fans in Winnipeg would be taken off their cloud if they get a team back in town. But just know, Coyotes fans, you aren't alone in not wanting the team to leave the desert.

-- Brian Stubits

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:19 pm
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Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:46 pm

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

Isn't Glendale basically populated by people who retired there from Winnipeg, and a few other similar Canadian cities? Pretty ironic what he says, given that Winnipeg has a very rich heritage of Russian-speaking people, including groups for whom Russian is their second language (and English their third or fourth).

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:23 pm

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

Forget comparing Russia to Canada - Phoenix to Canada, though I'm sure in those Manitoba winters most people would like to take a vaction to Arizona, but not live there...... wouldn't Bryzgalov like to play in front of more than 6000 people a night? wow, just imagine..sold out crowds for your games, people actually know who you are when you go out in public...people actually have interest in your games, the press would actually cover Russian.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 6:08 pm

Bryzgalov is a filthy slob.

Seriously, this waste of life should just go back home to his Eastern Euro-trash country. He is a filthy slob and Zona or the Peg would be better off without him. Moe, Terrance and Phillips would destroy this guy in Canada anyway. Dirty Russian slob.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:00 pm

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

Reddeer my friend, I was being sarcastic re: Bryz living in the desert since he was steryotyping the 'Peg (I'm not from there but live in Canada yes).  Each NHL city has its own flavour.  The Yotes that are whining about playing in Canada...seriously, its not THAT bad!!

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 4:35 am

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

redwings1969 said:  Don't be silly.  Yes, Bryzgalov made some stupid comments regarding the city of Winnipeg... actually REALLY STUPID comments....  I think a city with over 600 thousand people?  has a few families there and I bet quite a few things to do.   But I think the people in Winnipeg would welcome him with open arms, even after his stupid comments.  The guy is an excellent goalie, don't kid yourself into thinking otherwise.   Until about 2 years ago he didn't have much to work with.   And don't forget who knocked him out of the playoffs the last 2 years... the Wings aren't exactly a loser organization the Coyotes were expected to beat.    Who do you suggest would be a better choice for a goalie in Winnipeg?   Anybody better then Bryz isn't available.....

@ redwings1969 > Don't be silly?  Who's being silly here?  I can not speak for everyone in Winnipeg, and I'm sure that many people here would still welcome him after his ignorant comments, but why would our franchise even need him anyway?  How do you think he got to where he is now?  Bryzgalov was a back up behind J.S. Giguere in Anaheim for years and it took an injury to Giguere for him to show he was capable of being a starting goalie in this league.  Do you think that that was a once in a lifetime story?  There are incredible goalies, not even in the NHL, that are just waiting to show what they are capable of.  Goalies that ARE capable of winning a series against teams like your precious Red Wings.  History lesson: What did the Sharks do to your top seeded Wings in 93-94?  Do you remember?  Great goalies are just waiting to be found each day.  Oh, and if you haven't heard of him yet, check Cory Schneider in Vancouver.  Look up his stats when he played in Winnipeg for the Manitoba Moose.  The first time I saw this kid play, I knew he was destined for great things.  It took a tenure with the Manitoba Moose for a few years and finally, he got his call to join the big guys in Vancouver.  This kid is better than Bryzgalov on any day.  Yes he is... And he will be one of the best in the league any year now.  He was 16-4 this year as a back up this year.  His 2.23 GAA was better than Bryzgalov's 2.48.  He even had 3 assists this year.  He can handle the puck too, which Bryzgalov has shown he can not do.  I can shoot stats out out at you all day and prove your words foolish.  My point is that:  IF Winnipeg does get our team back, WE DON'T NEED BRYZGALOV.  There are great goalies out there everywhere who WILL PLAY for Winnipeg and not have some sort of cock-eyed opinion about a city they've never even been to.  Why would we want a goalie who doesn't want to play for a city who's fans actually come to their games?  Jason LaBarbera held down the fort pretty nicely in Phoenix when he started... I wonder how he feels about Winnipeg embracing him as a starting goalie.    &nbs

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:49 am

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

Hey, we don't want you either.  If we don't want Bryzgalov, why the hell would we want you?  Go home.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:57 am

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

Misconduct - I don't know what Bryz does in the offseason, but he can avoid feeling 100 degrees, especially since they're done in April. I guess he would have to endure 100 during pre-season, but then you know cooler weather is on the way. As for cactus, rattlesnakes, scorpions, etc., those are a big part of what makes this desert so amazing. As for hockey in Phoenix, well, I'm a Minnesota transplant to Tucson, so I'm into the hockey, but few are. And of those, I don't know Coyote fans. they're all fans of Detroit or Minesota or Chicago or SOME other team. Incidently, same goes for football. In my office, I know fans of Minny, SD, Oak, Wash, St. L, Pitt, Jets, GB, even frickin' Detroit, and others! But no one there has the Cardinals as their #1 team. Except when they went to the Super Bowl.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:59 pm

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

Well my goodnes, how the H did he survive Phoenix with the 100 deg temperatures, cacti growing everywhere, land infested with rattlers and scorpions, and no water!!  Must have been tough just makin it to his car after a game.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:13 am

Bryzgalov not interested in moving to Winnipeg

For the $4,250,000 salary that Bryzgalov made this season I'd run for Governor of Winnepeg let alone move there!

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