Ilya Bryzgalov can’t help himself.
Whether it’s praising the “humongous big” universe, or insulting the Philadelphia media, or napping during team meetings … the Flyers goalie remains of the most intriguing and enigmatic personalities in sports.
In an interview with a Russian media outlet called Championat, Bryzgalov weighed in on everything from Joseph Stalin to the welfare system. If his comments were translated correctly — and that’s not certain — then he isn’t the biggest fan of Philadelphia, either.
Here’s what he said, per Deadspin.
Question: When a person first appears in Philadelphia, where the advise to go? Your favorite place in town?
Bryzgalov: I live in New Jersey and come to Philadelphia only to play and exercise. No reason to not try to go ride. I have lived in Philadelphia and a half months before we bought the house. I do not really like that sort of town. Me and New York do not like. A big, bustling city with a grim gateways. Philadelphia is the same. But Boston, Vancouver and Dallas – are quite different. These newer, cleaner – there I like.
Question: On the ghetto in Philly?
Bryzgalov: There are enough of them. This is not a small part of the city. Too many do not work, live on welfare and get food stamps for. They just do not want to work. Their principle is: “Why should I work when I can live, let them raise taxes on the rich, which are injected. I’ll sit on the dole, the year I will get it here, then move to another state – start getting there.
When asked about famed Russian tyrant Joseph Stalin, Bryz said “he knew what he was doing” and “I see logic in his action.”