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The goaltending revolution

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When Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov broke the franchise record for shutout minutes on Thursday evening, it seemed like an inevitability.
The goalie everyone loved to hate had shucked his loose, quirky personality for a driven, team-first demeanor and it showed in the results.
Even though the Flyers lost in a shootout to the Boston Bruins on […]

Ilya Bryzgalov: “I will try to find peace in my soul to play in this city”

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What are the Flyers going to do with goallie Ilya Bryzgalov?  He’s got a ten-year deal with the team, so they can’t give up on him too soon.
He has been horrible in goal so far and even worse in front of the mic, but the Flyers are married to him.  Here’s his latest statement.
“You know, […]

Ilya Bryzgalov Could Still Be The Difference In The Second Half

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The Orange and Black have lacked a number one goaltender for years.  A second round sweep in the Stanley Cup playoffs prompted the organization to go out and try and find that number one goalie.  They used three goalies in four games against the Boston Bruins.
With the offseason signing of Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine […]

Flyers Do The Right Thing And Remove Muzzle From Bryzgalov

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Tuesday morning, the Flyer’s announced that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov requested that he only speak to the media after games in which he played in. This immediately sent media members and Flyer’s fans into an uproar. The feeling was that Flyer’s management and coaching staff may have suggested it.
Why would the goalie or […]

To Bryzgalov: Take A Step Back And Find Your Confidence

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Last night’s Flyers/Jets game was certainly one for the ages. The scoring pace was absolutely phenomenal but it came at the expense of the Flyers goaltending which I thought was addressed in the off-season. Professional athletes are supposed to show confidence and strength at all times when it comes to their sport. […]

Bryzgalov Will Be Worth Every Penny

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The month of October has not been one that Flyers fans will want to remember. After jumping out to a 4-0-1 start, the Flyers have sputtered to a 1-4 record since. Losing captain Chris Pronger has put this this team in an emotional whirlwind that is all too eerily reminiscent to the 2009-2010 […]

Do We Have A Goaltender Controversy With Bryzgalov And Bobrovsky?

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Who would have ever thought that last year’s rookie sensation, Sergei Bobrovsky, would now find himself playing backup to Ilya Bryzgalov?
After the goaltending debacle in last year’s playoffs, something needed to be done. The Flyers used three goalies in four games versus the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, before getting swept right […]

Flyers Goaltending: A Preview for Training Camp

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This time last year, Flyers fans were holding their collective breath that goaltender Michael Leighton was the real deal and not a journeyman back-up.
A handful of preseason games later and Leighton was undergoing spinal surgery while the organization rushed to acclimate rookie Sergei Bobrovsky to North America.
The landscape in net has since changed, now that […]

Bryzgalov to meet with Flyers brass Thursday

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The good news was that the Flyers finally traded for a goalie after trying to make significant headway in the playoffs with a group of guys that are either backups, shouldn’t be in the league or too young to be shouldering that much of a load. The bad news is that Ilya Bryzgalov is […]

Laviolette’s Foolish Decision To Start Leighton Almost Cost Flyers Game Six

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What was Peter Laviolette thinking? Down 3-2 in the series with the Boston Bruins, Laviolette found himself faced with another decision to make about who his starting goalie would be after Brian Boucher struggled in Game 5.
Laviolette’s choice was between Boucher and Michael Leighton. On the surface, it wouldn’t seem like a tough choice […]

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