Although it seems as though no team in the World is really reaching out for Ilya Bryzgalov, it sounds as though one club wouldn’t mind having him on their roster. Former NHLer Sergei Fedorov, who now serves as the GM for the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, said he has, “left the door open,” for Bryz. CSKA Moscow will already have Ilya Proskuryakov, former Washington Capital Rastislav Stana, and Vladislav Tretiak’s grandson, Maxim, in their crease.
Aside from Bryzgalov, another pair of former Flyers made news this week, as Andrew Alberts signed a contract extension and Steve Eminger is rumored to be going to the KHL.
Alberts, who suited up for 79 regular season games for Philly in 2008-2009, has signed an extension with the Vancouver Canucks. The stay-at-home blue liner will endure his fifth season as a Canuck, as he started the 2009-2010 with the Carolina Hurricanes before joining Vancouver after 62 games. He had 13 points during the regular season as a Flyer and produced an assist in six playoff games.
Eminger is rumored to join Admiral Vladivostok of the KHL for the 2013-2014 campaign. The defenseman has spent time with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, and New York Rangers after his 12-game tenure with the Orange and Black back in 2008-2009. He had two assists and eight PIMs in his brief time with Philadelphia. Admiral Vladivostok will also boast Niclas Bergfors and Enver Lisin next season.
As for former Philadelphia Phantoms, forward Jeffrey Szwez will suit up for the Belfast Giants of the EIHL next year. Szwez spent one seasons with the Phantoms, as he posted 12 goals and six helpers in 69 games in 2008-2009. Belfast will also feature Colin Shields, who was picked 195th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Four Trenton Titans were in the news this week, as the group of Justin Taylor, Paul Cianfrini, Jordan Pietrus, and Chris Zaires either joined new teams or signed contract extensions.
Taylor, who spent time in Trenton last season, will play for the Kalamazoo Wings this year in the ECHL. Along with his four goals and six assists in 23 tilts for the Titans, Taylor also had nine points in 25 games for the Idaho Steelheads, who are the Dallas Stars’ affiliate, and three assists in 11 games for the Wings, who are the Canucks’ affiliate.
Cianfrini will stay in the ECHL as well, but he’ll become a member of the Wheeling Nailers, who is an affiliate for the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 24-year-old defenseman split time between the Titans and the Nailers last season, as he produced five assists in 36 games for Trenton and six assists in 19 games for Wheeling. Cianfrini also played for the Toledo Walleye in the 2011-2012 campaign.
Pietrus signed a contract extension to stay with the Elmira Jackals, who are the affiliate for the Ottawa Senators. The 27-year-old forward spent all of last season and most of 2011-2012 with Elmira, as he suited up in six games for the Titans before joining the Jackals. He had one goal, five PIMs, and a minus-2 rating in his time with Trenton. Pietrus served as the Jackals’ alternate captain over the last two seasons.
Last but not least, Zaires, who took part in two games for the Titans last season, will be a Cincinnati Cyclone next season. After four seasons at Brown University, Zaires recorded two PIMs in two games for the Titans and will now become a member of the affiliate for the Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators.