During the HBO 24/7 television series detailing the lead-up to the Winter Classic two seasons ago, then-Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov expounded on the solar system, which produced a galaxy of laughs.

But in his new National Hockey League chapter here in Edmonton, nobody’s expecting the netminder to be out-of-this-world stopping pucks.

All he has to do is join Devan Dubnyk to forge a strong Edmonton Oilers tag-team.

Bryzgalov, who scored a $1-million signing bonus and will be making another $750,000 in salary, took to the Rexall Place ice his first practice with his new club Monday morning.

When he actually gets the net will be up to Dubnyk, the coaches and Bryzgalov. He will certainly not play against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at Rexall Place because Dubnyk has stopped 90 of his last 96 shots, and coach Dallas Eakins is like most coaches: He wants to ride a hot goalie.

When asked if this was a “second chance” after being bought out in Philadelphia — $23 million spread out over 14 years, which is an very nice annuity — Bryzgalov went the contrarian route.

“What do you mean?” he said.

“The way things ended up in Philadelphia?” he was asked.

“I never lost my first chance, you know,” he said.

When asked if it was difficult to be getting paid not to play hockey, he shrugged.

“Not at all,” he said. “It was out of my control. They decided to buy me out. What can I do?

“It didn’t make me angry. Why?”

Bryzgalov does want to prove he’s still got the goods. He’s only 33, young for goalies. Martin Brodeur is getting shutouts at 41 with the New Jersey Devils.

“Doesn’t matter what sport it is — hockey, football, baseball — you want to prove you’re good enough,” he said. “If you don’t want to do that or you are tired, then you should retire and let the young guys play.”

Were they any dark days where he doubted himself?

“No, not at all.”

He’s always had a quirky take on life, outside of the 200-foot-by-85-foot hockey theatre.

On game days, he doesn’t want to talk about hockey. But if you have questions about, say, Toronto mayor Rob Ford, he’s probably your man. He doesn’t plan on changing who he is, although he seems more careful with his answers.

Does he feel he has to change anything off the ice?

“What do you mean. The way I go to restaurants?” he said.

“You have to be yourself. You can judge me at the end of the season ... not from people from the side who might be bringing personal feelings. You can tell me after the season, guys, what you think.”