- © RIA Novosti. Alexei Filippov
© RIA Novosti. Alexei Filippov
MOSCOW, December 31 (R-Sport) - Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is returning to the U.S. to have an injury treated and has not quit CSKA Moscow, his Russian lockout team said Monday.
A source at CSKA told R-Sport on Sunday that earlier reports of injury were a smokescreen for Bryzgalov’s plans to leave the club and that he would be released Monday, but the team emphatically denied this was the case.
“Ilya will return to the team and continue his successful performances,” CSKA said in a website statement.
The team did not specify the nature of the injury beyond saying it was to “the upper half of the body.”
CSKA said Bryzgalov was returning to the U.S. to see doctors who had treated him before, and that he had the "absolute trust" of CSKA medical staff.
Bryzgalov has played 12 games for CSKA since arriving from Philadelphia on September 21, winning six and with a 91 percent save rate.
Bryzgalov has a combined 423 NHL appearances for the Flyers, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Anaheim Ducks, who selected him in the second round of the 2000 NHL entry draft.