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Topic - Ilya Bryzgalov
Jaromir Jagr is still available. So is goalie Tim Thomas, who continues exploring whether to make a comeback after taking a season off.
Daniel Alfredsson bolted from the Ottawa Senators to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, sensing that was the best move he could make in his drive to win a championship before his career ends.
The puck has dropped on NHL free agency with a two-day negotiating window before players _ other than those whose contracts were recently bought out _ can sign Friday.
Tampa Bay cut ties with Lecavalier to clear space under a smaller salary cap. The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of both of their compliance buyouts to release forward Danny Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Alex Ovechkin left the United States on a jet plane bound for Russia, saying earlier this month he wasn't sure when and if he would be back.
The Flyers re-signed free-agent goaltender Michael Leighton on Sunday, the first day of NHL free agency.
The NHL's conference finals opened over the weekend without some of the top teams and big stars that highlighted the regular season.
Bronx cheers greeted the Philadelphia Flyers 10 minutes into Sunday's game when they finally got a shot on net. To say they weren't sharp after a week-long layoff would be an understatement.
Danny Briere overcame having an apparent game-winning overtime goal disallowed by scoring one that counted and giving the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils in the first game of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Claude Giroux had his coach call him the best player in the world.
Sidney Crosby got too caught up in his hatred for the Philadelphia Flyers to recall that one of his best friends wears the orange and black.
Some players shake off the notion of frustration. Sure, the Washington Capitals haven't scored in nearly a week, but captain Alex Ovechkin and coach Dale Hunter have stressed the process of doing the right things.
Dale Hunter likes to keep talking about every night being a playoff game for the Washington Capitals. Sunday, it actually felt like it.
Earlier this season Ilya Bryzgalov lamented being "lost in the woods." The Philadelphia Flyers goaltender couldn't find his game or his confidence, a big problem for someone given a nine-year, $51 million contract and the pressure that comes with it.
Mike Rupp scored two goals and Brad Richards posted the winner on top of a chilly baseball field, as the New York Rangers outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in the Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
"We probably weren't in a game mode. Probably were in the practice mode," goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov said.
"We know what he capable to do. He can score the goals when you give him a chance. He always put it in the net," Bryzgalov said.