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Bryzgalov isn’t just a running comedy act. He’s one of the league’s most thoughtful players and the fact that he offers the insight he does in his second language is something he’ll never get enough credit for.
And this smart guy clearly has done the math. He understands the team’s cap situation for next season and he knows he’s put together the worst statistical season of his career, with a 2.88 GAA and .896 save percentage. His pay-to-performance ratio is wildly out of whack, and that makes him vulnerable to a buyout.
Drawing on his Russian fatalism, he knows the target is on his back. But not worrying about it is not the same as not caring. Bryzgalov may not show his passion with a Mark Messier-like glower or by battling like Billy Smith, but he’s a competitor. He deserved better.
- Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, where you can read why Muir believes Ilya Bryzgalov "deserved better".
from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
On a desperate night, the Flyers did not look desperate. Playing against a fast team, a team on the rise, a team holding one of the playoff spots that they want for themselves, the Flyers just weren't good enough. Hanging onto a 1-1 tie in the second period, they made the mistake that so often ends up in their net. Playing from behind in the third period, they were simply unable to sustain anything in the offensive end.
And if the 4-1 final score overstated what happened on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum, it pretty accurately reflected the postgame mood. Because the Flyers are five points out of a playoff spot with nine games left to play, their situation somewhere between dire and, well, whatever is worse than dire.
And the mood?
"Right now, it's not really good," forward Simon Gagne said. "But at the same time, we have to look ahead of us. There's a lot of hockey left."
“I am not surprised at all, why should I?” You’ve got to understand, we are just employees here.”
“We have a front office and coaches who make the decision about the lineup and what type of team they created....You come to the locker and they tell you and you can’t do anything about it; you must accept it, what are you going to say?”
- Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, when asked today if he was surprised he was pulled on Saturday and won't be starting tonight. More from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Acquiring the 24-year-old Mason by sending Michael Leighton and a 2015 third-round pick to Columbus created a win-win situation, Holmgren hopes.
Seeing that someone is waiting in the wings, Bryzgalov, 32, might be more focused for the stretch run and lead the Flyers to a playoff berth.
If he does, the Flyers might decide to keep him for another year and use Mason as a relatively expensive backup next season - expensive, but someone who has the capability of moving to No. 1 if Bryzgalov falters in 2013-14.
That's one way to look at it.
Another: The Flyers, who have not gotten the return they expected when they gave Bryzgalov a nine-year, $51 million deal, can cut ties with him after the season and hope Mason, with a change of scenery and a new goalie coach, will revert back to his rookie-of-the-year form of 2008-09.
That option seems more probable.
Keep an eye on Adam Hall as he skates out from behind the net on this Sean Couturier goal which put the Flyers up 4-2 late in the 2nd period.
There will be more videos on this, the overhead shot really shows wht Hall did and I will post when available.
update 8:54pm, Damn, NHL.com pulled the video, will try to find it so when you see this removed, the video is working.
update 8:58pm, The goal is now being awarded to Jay Rosehill, that is why it was pulled, but no video of it yet.
updated 10:23pm, Found a video at CSN Philly but it really doesn' show Hall grabbing the top of Reimer's stick and pulling and throwing him off-balance, hopefully the video will pop up soon.
Watch it below and audio auto play is
on off, figured out how to turn it off.
added 8:05am 4/5/13, you will see the stick hold.
Lupul found himself between Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill and you can see Lupul's head snap back but I don't really see anything flagrant on the play and no penalty was called.
Lupul went to the dressing room and has not returned.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
“We still think there’s a tremendous upside there,” Holmgren said, adding that goalie coach Jeff Reese was high on Mason.
"Every goaltender wants a fresh start,” Mason said.
Mason is viewed as an upgrade over Leighton, but he is also a lot more expensive. If the Flyers keep Bryzgalov next year _ that’s a big (ital)if(end ital) at the moment _ and Mason re-signs for around his current salary, the Flyers will have about $8.6 million committed to their goalies next season.
They probably would not be getting enough bang for their buck.
Acquiring Mason could mean the Flyers will “amnesty” Bryzgalov next year and try to sign an unrestricted free agent goalie in the off-season. The most attractive candidates: Ray Emery, Jimmy Howard, Mike Smith and Niklas Backstrom.
After this year, Bryzgalov, 32, will be owed a total of $34.5 million over the last seven years. If he is bought out, the Flyers would have to pay two-thirds of that salary, but none of that would count against their cap.
Watch below the play Talbot received his injury. Not the best video since it was taken from the other end, but the best we have right now.
The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled a statue yesterday to commemorate the 1974 and the 1975 Stanley Cup champs.
Watch the ceremony below.
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