Ilya Bryzgalov “50-50” on where he’ll play this season, and an update on the Maple Leafs buyout window.
KUKLA’S KORNER: cited an interview Ilya Bryzgalov with a Russian site in which he claims to be torn about playing in the KHL or returning to the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Bryzgalov is willing to wait, he could land with an NHL team either during next month’s training camp/preseason period, or in the early weeks of this coming season, as teams with questionable goaltending evaluate their netminders. Otherwise, he’ll have little choice but to either sign with a KHL team or elsewhere in Europe.
The TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS post-arbitration buyout period of August 2-4 has passed without the club exercising that option.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was waiting for this to be reported via any of the media outlets which cover the Leafs but I guess their hockey folks are on vacation. It was speculated the Leafs would use that option to buy out the remainder of John-Michael Liles contract, but nothing came of it. They must still re-sign Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri, though I daresay trade rumors about the former could carry on throughout the rest of the off-season. As for Liles, unless the Leafs are willing to pick up part of his salary , I doubt they’ll find many taker for his services.