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"http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/Bryz-leaves-Russia-because-lockout-is-ending.html …
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.
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.