If that was the end for him in Philadelphia, it was a lot like the beginning and the middle – entertaining and strange.

On Sunday, the day after the Flyers finished a lockout-shortened season that resulted in them missing the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 years, the players cleaned out their lockers at the team’s practice facility. Some of the Flyers will be back. Some, such as Ilya Bryzgalov, might not.

“It’s out of my hands,” Bryzgalov said on Sunday when asked if he wanted to return next year. “I told you, it’s out of my hands. I have no control on this.”

There has been a lot of speculation about whether the franchise will amnesty Bryzgalov in the offseason. The team still owes the goaltender $34.5 million. Because of the new CBA, the Flyers will have the option to buy out the remainder of his contract for a little more than two-thirds the price. That comes to around $23 million, which wouldn’t count against the salary cap.

Questions about Bryzgalov’s future in Philadelphia only increased when the Flyers traded for Steve Mason, a 24-year-old former rookie of the year.

In his first season with the Flyers, Bryzgalov had a 2.48 goals against average (21st in the NHL) and a .909 save percentage (32nd). This year, Bryzgalov posted a 2.79 goals against average (32nd) and a .900 save percentage (39th).

When asked how he'd evaluate himself and the team, Bryzgalov said he needed “time to analyze everything.” He insisted he was “misunderstood” when he was quoted as saying the team’s recent good play was “pointless” (see video). And he said he has plans for the offseason, but he declined to share them.

He wasn’t in a talkative mood – at first. But when the conversation turned to whether criticism bothers him, things got interesting. Suddenly, Bryzgalov saw an opportunity to take on his favorite opponent once again, and maybe for the last time – the Philadelphia media.