Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is back in hockey. Not in the National Hockey League, not in the American Hockey League, but in the East Coast Hockey League with the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Bryzgalov, 33, spent the last two years with the Flyers until his contract was bought out this offseason and had a .900 save percentage and 2.79 goals-against average last season in 40 games. He didn’t play badly at all but was a constant distraction for the Flyers. The team will continue to pay him $1.67 million until 2027.
Bryzgalov signing in the ECHL means he could sign as a free agent in the NHL without being subjected to waivers. Had he found a job in the Kontinental Hockey League, the collective bargaining agreement would require him to go through waivers because his season started overseas.
Source: Dave Isaac USA TODAY Sports