Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Marc Siciliano on 08/26/11 at 05:24 PM ET
Welcome to the Hurricane Irene edition of Flyer Friday, or #FF for you twitter freaks (shameless twitter pimp). This week I’ll cover a whirlwind of Flyers news with the eye of the storm focusing on some topics within crease (last of the hurricane jokes, I swear).
It’s Friday so the business close have been left at home. Let’s wind down, shall we?
Imagine Bryz saying this.
Yesterday Ilya Bryzgalov got to introduce himself to the press and work the crowd. He didn’t disappoint, once again reiterating his desire and understanding of the ultimate goal with some swagger:
“That’s what this game is all about - win the Cup,” the 31-year-old Bryzgalov said. “Winning. That’s all that matters.”
The stakes will be high, but if Bryzgalov can get off to a quick start he might find himself in the midst of a love fest between himself and the media. And with the 24/7 cameras all but a certainty, it could set up to be the perfect storm (ok now I’m done) of media coverage that could catapult Bryz to Philly legend status.
He is certainly capable of doing so. I also shudder to think of what the opposite scenario could bring, since there’s already one disaster looming. His personality should by him some time should he struggle out of the gate (I hope).
Speaking of his personality, you can get a little bit of an idea of the man beneath the mask by checking out his new artwork. It’s his second mask, which he confirmed would be used on road games.
My personal favorite and current desktop background
More pictures can be found by visiting the Facebook photo album here:
Also, for those of you that missed it, this is Bryzgalov’s first mask – and the one he will be using for home games:
Here is Bryzgalov in action during a light skate yesterday with some of his new Vaughn equipment as well. I can’t wait to see the whole set-up together with the bright orange and white jerseys. As an equipment-lover, color me ecstatic to have a goalie with some flair.
Yum. More Pics of the skate here
When it comes to the crease, it wouldn’t be complete without checking in on Bobrovsky.
In an interview published earlier this week by Puck Daddy, we got another inside peak into the bright mind of the young goaltender.
The more I hear from Bobrovsky, the more I love the way he thinks the game. It’s clear he has a strong cognitive ability to process information, and he relishes the opportunity to develop his skills in an elite organization.
He has the perfect attitude to challenge Bryzgalov, but do so in a way that is completely unthreatening and respectful to the all-star goaltender and healthy to both players involved. Many respected goaltending opinions believe that healthy competition is crucial to long-term success, and I tend to agree with this sentiment.
He understands how a team works and is willing to better himself while going along for the ride. It’s a valuable asset to have on the bench, and if he plays as well as he seems capable of I’m sure Laviolette will notice.
Though it comes at a bit of a salary cap expense, you’d be hard pressed to find that money better spent elsewhere. I’m looking forward to watching the relationship between Bobrovsky and Bryzgalov develop in the coming season(s).
Next week will be the week I welcome Jagr to the Flyers (and Pittsburgh fans to the comment section). I also have a post brewing off the coast that will take a look at what hurricane Couturier could potentially do to the Flyers offseason plans, mucking them up for the better.
If you’re on the east coast, stay safe and take comfort in this – hurricane season means hockey season is approaching.
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