Was something lost in translation, or is Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov feeling lost in the woods again?
Bryzgalov gave a lengthy interview with the Russian sports site Championat, and it was translated onto Deadspin on Wednesday, with several "highlights."
It should be known that, in the past, Bryzgalov has claimed some of his Russian comments have been translated incorrectly into English.
Bryzglaov could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
Here are some of the latest Bryz-isms, according to Deadspin:
He is not fond of Philadelphia or New York, calling them big, bustling cities with grim gateways. "But Boston, Vancouver and Dallas are quite different. These newer, cleaner _ there I like."
The goalie was presumably asked if Philadelphia was a ghetto.
"….This is not a small part of the city. Too many do not work, live on welfare and get food stamps for. They just do not want to work. Their principle is: 'Why should I work when I can live, let them raise taxes on the rich,' which are injected. "
Asked if there was a person he would like to talk to, Bryzgalov said, "A lot of them are not alive anymore… I would love to talk to Genghis Khan, Stalin, Einstein."
Asked about Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union for more than two decades, Bryzgalov said: "Yes, he knew what he was doing. He is described as a 'bloody tyrant.' But at the time it couldn't be any other way. Yes, there were innocent people who were victims of repressions… But it happens. Not long ago in the U.S., a person was released from prison who spent 45 years there. It turned out he was innocent. Can you imagine, a person spending his entire life in jail for something he didn't do?"
Whether Bryzgalov made these comments or not, you have to wonder if Flyers management has had enough of the side show.
The Flyers have the option of using a buyout on Bryzgalov in the off-season; they have been leaning toward keeping him and having him battle Steve Mason for the No. 1 job next season.
Will that stance change?
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