THE BRYZ WITCH HUNT BEGINS

Wanye
November 18 2013 03:44PM

New Oilers tendy Ilya Bryzgalov faced the media for the first time this afternoon after practice. A great many questions lobbed in his direction were cringe worthy as the assembled scribes baited the newest Oiler to say something colourful and give them the quote they had all trudged down in the snow to get.

IS THIS HOW IT IS GOING TO GO?

We have spent a good amount of time watching Bryz interviews since the Oilers announced that they were bringing him in on a one year deal. The guy is clearly a different breed and his interviews on HBO's 24/7 are the stuff of legend. And it is embarassing to watch the reporters in this scrum try and pry out quotes of a similar ilk.

Bryz seems genuinely happy to be in Edmonton and grateful for a chance to be back in the NHL. Is Edmonton is first choice? No. But is he sounding like someone trying to make the best of things? Yes. He pumped the Oilers "great heritage" wisely lumping in Lowe and MacT in with Gretzky and Messier and seems be a happy go lucky fellow fighting through English as a second language to make himself understood.

But this wasn't a Dany Heatley type attitude - the guy doesn't seem to have a mean bone in his body. This didn't seem to make any sort of the impressions on the hostile crowd of mics who wanted him to diss the city, the fans or anything really and asked only questions of the sort.

It's clear everyone covering the team is looking for him to say something crazy asap. "Do you think you suck?" "Don't you hate Philly?" "Isn't Edmonton crappy?" "Are you mad you were bought out?" The awkward questions just came at the poor guy rapid fire. We can't think of any other Oiler being raked over the coals in such a fashion - much less in his first day on the job.

You can hear Ryan Rishaug trying to be a tough guy asking the hard questions of the newest Oiler throughout the clip. It would be grand if he would take a similar approach with MacT, Eakins or Lowe who actually have had an impact in the product on the ice not a guy who hasn't even suited up in a single game but there you go. 

Bryz wasn't having it. He stayed positive, stayed classy and made it through the gauntlet unscathed.

FOR THE RECORD

We saw a panel over the weekend on one of the networks suggest that Bryz was being brought in as a designated dressing room distraction designed to take the heat off the underperforming mega studs. If the Oilers are going to get things righted again reclamation projects are going to be a key part of the re-re-rebuild. The Oilers need to be a place where players can come to turn things around in a positive place - not in some hostile environment like what we see in the scrum above. Hopefully Bryz's new team mates are a bit more welcoming.

Not everyone in Edmonton wants you to fail. In fact some of us want to see you dominate. I'll say it again: Не каждый в Эдмонтонских желаниях Вы, чтобы терпеть неудачу. Фактически некоторые из нас хотят видеть, что Вы возглавляете.

Good luck to you Bryz.

09049f03ecb006ab29372206f2a88f75
Blog so hard motherf**ckers try and find me. Email me at wanyegretz@gmail.com or tweet me @wanyegretz provided it is about Jordan Eberle or babes.
Avatar
#1 D
November 18 2013, 03:49PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
145
cheers

Certain members of Edmonton's media are straight up bush league.

Avatar
#2 PaperDesigner
November 18 2013, 03:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
56
cheers
D wrote:

Certain members of Edmonton's media are straight up bush league.

...I can't tell if that's a criticism of the Edmonton media, a joke about Majeau's hair, or both...

Avatar
#3 Wax Man Riley
November 18 2013, 03:54PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
38
cheers

Some of it sure does sound bush, not gonna lie.

Avatar
#4 Wax Man Riley
November 18 2013, 03:55PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
58
cheers

Bryz is saying all the right things though. My favorite is when he said "Judge for yourself at the end of the season"

Avatar
#5 geoilersgist
November 18 2013, 03:56PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
14
cheers

Добро пожаловать в Ойлерз Бриз Я надеюсь, что вы SIUTBSOHC

Avatar
#7 HOFFFF
November 18 2013, 04:01PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers

This reminds me of Bryz! http://youtu.be/zOX4ZWo5d_g

Avatar
#8 BIGDAWG
November 18 2013, 04:01PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
27
cheers

WHO CARES!!!! Can he stop the puck? that's what I am worried about. Looks like the hint of signing Bryz has lite a fire under Duby... Which is good cause I was really starting to look like an idiot defending Duby everytime.. lol So, Lets hope the Oilers can soon put a full 60min together and turn this beotch around!!!!!!

Avatar
#9 Oilers Coffey
November 18 2013, 04:04PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
99
cheers

What's crawled up Rishaugs _____ ??? The guy used to be pretty cool but the way he's gone after the Russians is really uncool! First Nail beauty Yakupov now Bryzgalov... He's gone way too personal.

NOT COOL

Avatar
#10 Mac962 Russian Vodka Version
November 18 2013, 04:05PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
36
cheers

This City loves its tough guys and Characters [ Gizmo etc ] If he play's remotely well , the Fans will embrace him whole heartedly.

I for one - am pulling for him. Not sure if he got my invite yet for a helping of my wifes perogies and a shot or two of Russian Vodka.

Can you imagine Bryz half looped and the stories he could spew ?

Kick Butt Bryz and welcome to E-town.

Avatar
#11 Wax Man Riley
November 18 2013, 04:06PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
35
cheers
Oilers Coffey wrote:

What's crawled up Rishaugs _____ ??? The guy used to be pretty cool but the way he's gone after the Russians is really uncool! First Nail beauty Yakupov now Bryzgalov... He's gone way too personal.

NOT COOL

He's trying so hard to find a quote to make himself relevant again... kinda like Craig Custance when shared Larionov's feelings about Yak.

Avatar
#12 Craig1981
November 18 2013, 04:06PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
51
cheers

After watching this my like for Bryz has gone way up. Hope he does well.

Avatar
#13 Rama Lama
November 18 2013, 04:08PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
24
cheers

I for one like that he has a personality.......he will lighten thing up in the dressing room, that is a given.

What is most refreshing is that he will not give canned answers or throw around typical cliches that most hockey players do.........sort of like that commercial where the guy is responding to his wife as if he is being interviewed, halarious!

Avatar
#14 jeanshorts
November 18 2013, 04:08PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
41
cheers

This is what I get for thinking in my own head a few months back "At least the Edmonton media isn't as bad as most other big hockey markets, trying to manufacture controversy and all that".

I'm not mad Edmonton media, I'm just thoroughly embarrassed and YOU ARE GROUNDED MISTER!!

Avatar
#15 Cynic
November 18 2013, 04:11PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
58
cheers

The only thing that would have made that scrum better would have been Bryz looking at Rishaug and saying, "I heff $23 million. How much you make? Peanuts?"

Avatar
#16 Racki
November 18 2013, 04:13PM
Trash it!
4
trashes
Cheers
15
cheers
PaperDesigner wrote:

...I can't tell if that's a criticism of the Edmonton media, a joke about Majeau's hair, or both...

Lol! Well played.

Ad far as the bad media types... Ryan Rishaug has always been a fave, but man, please don't get Ilya pissed off at this city in week one... Yeesh. Lay off the Inquisition.

let Ilya be who he wants to be without badgering it out of him. Glad I wasn't the only one who noticed this.

Avatar
#17 Todd
November 18 2013, 04:16PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
65
cheers

I love near the end when Rishaug asks him if he needs to change anything he is doing "off the ice". And he pauses awkwardly long than says "what you mean, like what I'm going to eat in the restaurant or what?".

I completely agree Wanye. Its a travesty that the media in this town have big balls when its time to grill the new kid in town, but they haven't asked any hard questions like that to President Klowne.

Its probably because they know Lowe will be here for another 25 years no matter how bad he does his job, and the organization will bully anyone who doesn't tow the line.

Avatar
#18 Naky
November 18 2013, 04:18PM
Trash it!
64
trashes
Cheers
8
cheers

Sorry Wanye, gotta disagree with you on the media being hard on him and trying to make him slip up being a bad thing. He stood in front of a camera just a few years ago and crapped all over this city and its fanbase all the while laughing about it and talking down to the reporters. He had no problem speaking his mind then.

It's about karma. It always comes back to bite you in the ass. Right now, it's biting him in the ass. Hard. He never thought he'd ever be in this position, forced to sign with the one city he publicly trashed because nobody else would give him the time of day. He's eating humble pie and should swallow every little crumb of it.

So no. I welcome his discomfort. I want him under fire and mad. I want him itching to prove everyone wrong all the time because that means he's going to play harder - and perhaps more importantly, become a better person for it in the end.

He's learning a hard lesson. Let's find out if it sticks or if it's just lip service in the end.

Avatar
#19 Young Oil
November 18 2013, 04:19PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
43
cheers

Bryz handled this interview perfectly. I have lost all respect for Ryan Rishaug. I don't care about Ilya's past, and the media should be ashamed of constantly trying to antagonize him. This better not go on for every single interview. Bryz is an Oiler now. Why question his morals and integrity in the very first conversation you have with him? Its like they're chasing him out of town before he has a chance to even get accustomed to everything. Be professional, treat him just like how you would treat any other new player. Welcome him to a great city with open arms, don't give him a terrible first impression.

Welcome to Edmonton Bryz, hope you have all the success in the world here, and enjoy your time!

Avatar
#20 The Hall Way
November 18 2013, 04:20PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers

Did he say, he skated one week in Glaucoma???!!

Avatar
#21 Robin Brownlee
November 18 2013, 04:24PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
67
cheers

I first met Bryzgalov during the 2005-06 season.

I won't pretend to know him, but my impressions are he is definitely out there and a bit of a kook. That said, I have yet to see or hear any indication of a mean or "I'm a jerk" bone in his body. He actually seems like a guy who'd be a laugh riot to hang out with.

I don't care if he's a bit of an oddball or if he's a helluva great guy with a nutbar edge, which I suspect he is. All that should matter from the team's point of view is that he can stop pucks and that he's a good teammate.

Lots of guys who were a bit bent have had nice runs in Edmonton -- Janne Niinimaa, Georges Laraque and Marty Reasoner, to name just three.

Avatar
#22 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 18 2013, 04:25PM
Trash it!
4
trashes
Cheers
22
cheers
Naky wrote:

Sorry Wanye, gotta disagree with you on the media being hard on him and trying to make him slip up being a bad thing. He stood in front of a camera just a few years ago and crapped all over this city and its fanbase all the while laughing about it and talking down to the reporters. He had no problem speaking his mind then.

It's about karma. It always comes back to bite you in the ass. Right now, it's biting him in the ass. Hard. He never thought he'd ever be in this position, forced to sign with the one city he publicly trashed because nobody else would give him the time of day. He's eating humble pie and should swallow every little crumb of it.

So no. I welcome his discomfort. I want him under fire and mad. I want him itching to prove everyone wrong all the time because that means he's going to play harder - and perhaps more importantly, become a better person for it in the end.

He's learning a hard lesson. Let's find out if it sticks or if it's just lip service in the end.

he didnt crap all over the city. what he said wasnt wrong.

Avatar
#23 merlen
November 18 2013, 04:28PM
Trash it!
6
trashes
Cheers
10
cheers

The more interviews I watch of Ilya Bryzgalov, the more I like this guy. I don't care if he can stop the puck or not, as long as they let him talk. All I want, is to be entertained by these guys, one way or another...Go Bryzzzzzzz!!!

Avatar
#24 Admiralmark
November 18 2013, 04:29PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
11
cheers

Agreed the media was gloating him. One of my favorite quotes from him was when he was talking to the Philly media and he turned the questions to the media.. He said something to the effect. What have you done that's actually good for the city? What do you do except point your finger and criticize what other people do? It was a glimpse of how he felt about what the media does. His questioning and interview today did nothing to change his mind I can guarantee that.

Avatar
#25 Naky
November 18 2013, 04:29PM
Trash it!
28
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers

Yeah, sure, Edmonton always has -32 temperatures in November and winter for 8 months of the year. He wasn't wrong at all.

Stop apologizing for him.

Avatar
#27 Will
November 18 2013, 04:32PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
19
cheers

I hope he pushes Dubnyk for the number 1 spot. If he plays good though, he'll likely be the guy moved at the deadline since he'll likely want to go to a team not in 'Siberia', leaving us with the exact same problem next year. Hopefully he has value at the deadline.

Avatar
#30 Johnnydapunk
November 18 2013, 04:34PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
20
cheers

I also do hope the media let up a bit on him as the baiting was a bit much. After an interview session like that, who would want to come here?? I understand that the media needs stories and quotes and all that, but it was his first practise day with the team and it gonna take him time to get a bit settled. There was no need to ask the same questions over and over again and just word them differently.

I hope the media lets up on him a bit, if anything ask some easy questions, let him enjoy the hockey and hopefully find the form he had a few years back. It could turn out alright.

It's not that easy to get players here as it is, no point in trying it make it harder.

(Before people go off on my last statement, it's sad but true that Edmonton isn't one of the top destinations for an NHL player, it might be again one day, but right now I kind of doubt it)

Avatar
#32 merlen
November 18 2013, 04:35PM
Trash it!
3
trashes
Cheers
13
cheers

Did you expect anything less from Ryan Rishaug? He has the same disease as Daryl Katz, the " I'm in love with the boys on the bus syndrome". Ha Ha Ha!!!

Avatar
#33 Naky
November 18 2013, 04:40PM
Trash it!
23
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

Ah yes, I am completely brow beaten by poor attempts at sarcasm and empty comedic threats made over the internet.

Hey, remember that time when Sam Gagner was the definitive captain of the Oilers? Good times, good times. Oh wai-

Avatar
#35 A-Mc
November 18 2013, 04:43PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
11
cheers

Wasnt a huge fan of how they kept attacking him w/ silly questions, either.

=/

hopefully it was a 1 off thing and going forward, it will be all smiles and respect.

There is a long shot here that Bryz could actually become a valuable contributor to this team. By the end of the season if he's somehow stolen the #1 spot from Duby via superior play, i want his good experiences with the team and the media to persuade him to stay, over the -32C winter trying to chase him away.

Basically: it goes both ways. Don't burn bridges! Edmonton isn't exactly in a position of power here.. we need people to want to play here, because until we start winning cups, there isn't much to entice people to sign here.

Avatar
#36 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 18 2013, 04:43PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
25
cheers
Naky wrote:

Yeah, sure, Edmonton always has -32 temperatures in November and winter for 8 months of the year. He wasn't wrong at all.

Stop apologizing for him.

october-may = snow or possibility of snow.

it is freeze your pecker if you dare try and write your name in the snow cold for stretches in november - early march. everyday? of course not

it is a winter city. those who live here joke about it all the time. embrace it. love it.

why you heff to be soo mad?

Avatar
#37 Naky
November 18 2013, 04:44PM
Trash it!
7
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers

I tease, buddy, it's all in good fun.

Avatar
#38 gr8one
November 18 2013, 04:46PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
23
cheers

I think it's fitting that sideshow bob was in the background for the entire interview.

That being said, I personally like his "oddball-ness", I think it's refreshing to hear ANY NHL player say something other than the generic canned answers that we constantly hear.

Like others have said, only two things matter to me, and those are that he is a good teammate and stops pucks.

Avatar
#39 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 18 2013, 04:46PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
16
cheers

Great Article Wanye.

I don't get it frankly. He's barely interesting by regular human standards. The fact that most sports personalities have to be as bland as rice cakes shouldn't be held against him.

Avatar
#40 camdog
November 18 2013, 04:48PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
18
cheers

Wasn't a fan of bringing the guy in, but he's here now. The media trying to goat breeze into a quote was sad.

At the end of the day I hope both DD and Bryzgalov play lights out so that the excuse makers in management can no longer scapegoat our teams poor performances on the goalies.

Avatar
#42 Greenlingj
November 18 2013, 04:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
30
cheers

"I sleep on a pile of money with many pretty ladies" or "I sleep on a pile of pretty ladies with many money"

Bryz say that and Rishaug's head will explode.

God I hate Rishaug.

Avatar
#43 Ari Gold
November 18 2013, 04:57PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
26
cheers

Classy interview! I'm very impressed with how he spoke. All this media nonsense is infuriating. I can't imagine how I'd handle it. He shrugged them off and was pretty much the only adult in that scrum.

Welcome Ilya. Been a while since we had a real man on this team.

Avatar
#44 Bryzarro World
November 18 2013, 04:57PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
28
cheers

Rishaug should stick to playing his guitar at shinny games...

Avatar
#45 Bryzarro World
November 18 2013, 05:01PM
Trash it!
3
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers
Robin Brownlee wrote:

I first met Bryzgalov during the 2005-06 season.

I won't pretend to know him, but my impressions are he is definitely out there and a bit of a kook. That said, I have yet to see or hear any indication of a mean or "I'm a jerk" bone in his body. He actually seems like a guy who'd be a laugh riot to hang out with.

I don't care if he's a bit of an oddball or if he's a helluva great guy with a nutbar edge, which I suspect he is. All that should matter from the team's point of view is that he can stop pucks and that he's a good teammate.

Lots of guys who were a bit bent have had nice runs in Edmonton -- Janne Niinimaa, Georges Laraque and Marty Reasoner, to name just three.

Kook how? What do you base it on? Kook like rebuilding and driving a car without a gas guage?

Avatar
#46 Fresh Mess
November 18 2013, 05:01PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
1
cheers

I for one am one. Just sayin.

Avatar
#48 Walter Sobchak
November 18 2013, 05:06PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
33
cheers

Rishaug is a hack.

Avatar
#49 exsanguinator
November 18 2013, 05:07PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
19
cheers

Best part of the interview:

Do you think you have to change anything off the ice?

*pause* *heavy sigh*

Avatar
#50 Bryzarro World
November 18 2013, 05:08PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers
Wanye wrote:

Well Brownlee *was* being nice. I will send your widow a nice flower arrangement when he reads this Sir/Madam/Robot

LoL. I want to know what people mean when they toss that label on someone. I think the guy is hilarious.

Maybe he likes living on the edge like Kramer. What a rush it could be, not knowing when E is coming...

Comments are closed for this article.