Ilya Bryzgalov “50-50” on where he’ll play this season, and an update on the Maple Leafs buyout window.

Where will Ilya Brygalov play this coming season?

Where will Ilya Brygalov play this coming season?

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.