Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers?

Casting a net for Bryzgalov? As the regular season closed, Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made it clear that he had no interest in going to Winnipeg if the Phoenix franchise moved north. Too cold, and no place up there for the kids to play, noted the proud son of Togliatti, Russia. Sounds a little like Elton John’s “Rocket Man’’: “Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids . . . in fact, it’s cold as hell.’’

Now that the Coyotes are staying put for at least one year, no telling where Bryz’s rocket lands. He made $4.5 million this past year and will have just turned 31 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The bet around the league is that the Flyers finally — finally! —will get serious about fixing their goaltending woes and bring him to Philadelphia to partner with star freshman Sergei Bobrovsky (proud son of Novokuznetsk). In 11 postseason games, the Flyers tied an NHL record by yanking their starting goalie seven times.
“Something I never want to see again,’’ fumed Flyers chairman Ed Snider. Whatever it takes, he said, the Flyers will find the 24-square-foot fix.

52 Responses to Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers?

  1. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Well put.

    It is about the quality of goaltending that you receive from your netminder and not the amount he is paid. If a team is lucky enough to get great quality at a mediocore price, that's a bonus.

    Like I asked…name a team that has won the Stanley cup despite their goaltending? There isn't one, but we can all think of Stanley Cup winners where we thought "If they didn't have (Ward, Richter etc) in net, no way they win the cup."

    I like your transition thought. It explains what I have been trying to say to some friends but explained a little different. The basis being…there is very few number 1 goalies between the ages of 28-33, this is usually a prime age for goaltenders to have established themselves and be playing at their peak. Right now it seems the majority is under 27 or over 33 years of age. It's a very strange age gap between the veterans and the young guns.

  2. hockey_lover says:

    Ironically, this is the way non-leafs' fans think if the leafs would win the cup 🙂

    Just saying.

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