Sunday, December 30, 2012

Updated: Bryz , Briere and a very nice painting

December 30, 2012

Update #3: Hopefully the last update and the one that clears everything up in concern to Bryzgalov and CSKA Moscow.

On CSKA Moscow's official website the team posted a statement saying that the goaltender left the team because he has an upper-body injury and wants to consult North American doctors, contradicting reports that said Bryzgalov left the team because he believes the lockout is ending or that he was not happy playing for the team.

The statement also says that Bryzgalov will return to the team when healthy.

Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough posted the story with a translation of the team's statement that you can read here, unless you can read Russian, then you can see the statement on CSKA Moscow's site here.

Update #2: Earlier today, Ilya Bryzgalov was quoted as saying "I quit CSKA Moscow because the lockout is ending."

The Daily News' Frank Seravalli cited Russian reporter Ruslan Salikhov, who reported that Bryzgalov said the quote, but then Bryzgalov himself tweeted this to Seravalli:

This article is complete BS, i did not make any comments like that:-)Bryz leaves Russia because "lockout is ending"

Bryzgalov's tweet caused confusion over Twitter, but after questioning by Seravalli and the Courier Post's Dave Isaac, Salikhov revealed through the social network that the quote came from a Russian sports website called R-Sport and not from him.

The article on R-Sport does not contain the exact quote from Bryzgalov, but instead refers to a source that said Bryzgalov believes the NHL Lockout is ending.

Salikhov retracted the quote in a series of tweets listed below.

 The sources in Russia say that Bryzgalov is leaving because he feels the lockout is ending. I believe that, but I also believe..
 that Bryz may not have said it exactly like that. Who knows what he said, have to go by what Bryz says himself

   Well, he just said on his twitter he did not, so then not!

 The sources came from  I know they are reliable. But I am retracting.

so I want to retract everything for the last day, my official statement!

Regardless of what exacty Bryzgalov said or not, he is still leaving CSKA Moscow.

As for the status of the ongoing lockout, the NHL and NHLPA continue negotiations for a new CBA. It is expected that both sides will meet face-to-face on Monday.

Update: Bryzgalov has now given a reason for leaving CSKA Moscow. Frank Seravalli of the Daily News reports that Bryzgalov said "I quit CSKA because the lockout is ending."

Does the quote create optimism? Yes. Is Bryz right? I hope so.

Ilyla Bryzgalov is no longer playing for CSKA Moscow, the KHL team he signed with during the lockout.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A welcome back recap

December 29, 2012

If only it were so simple.
215 Hockey has been down for a while, so gets all caught up on what has been going on with the Flyers, shall we?

Saturday, December 22, 2012


December 28, 2012

Updated 12/28/12: 215 Sports returns tomorrow!

It has been quite some time since anything has posted and I would like to say that I am deeply sorry for that. I began my first semester of college in September and it has been the reason for why nothing has been posted over the past few months. Unfortunately, school has taken up much of my time. However, I learned a lot over the past three months and will be applying the new things that I learned to the blogs to make them the best they can possibly be. I started by making a new twitter account, follow @itssnick215, where I will be tweeting regularly about not just the Flyers and the Phillies, but the Sixers, Eagles and Union as well. I will also tweet about other stories in sports too and this all starts today, so be sure to follow. As far as posts go, I plan to start writing again a couple days after Christmas and hopefully there will be more content on the blogs than ever before. There will be a lot of changes made to the 215 blogs in the near future and I hope they will all be for the best. I understand that my absence may have caused some frustration or impatience, but to those of you that remain (if there are any) please know that you have my utmost respect. The 215 blogs will return soon and I really hope that they can gain a strong following in the future.

Happy Holidays!
- Nick Tricome