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Philly hockey writers file complaint over Bryzgalov silence

Oct 31, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

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The saga continues.

Just a short while after learning Flyers G Ilya Bryzgalov would only talk to the media following games in which he’s played, the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has filed a complaint, according to Sam Carchidi of Carchidi also notes the Flyers could be fined for not giving reporters proper player access.

[In addition, Carchidi points out Bryz’s original gag order has been amended: He will talk to the media, except the day before a game and the day of a game.]

This isn’t the first time things have gotten contentious between the Flyers and the Philly media. There was the Mike Richards vs. Philly media thing, the Dry Island thing and the Dan-Carcillo-saying-the-Philly-media-is-ridiculous thing. Come to think of it, you could say the relationship is mostly contentious with occasional moments of normalcy.

Silencing Bryzgalov, though, is a whole new level of contentiousness. The Flyers might think a gag order will quiet the storm, but the Flyers would be wrong. See, what reporters can do now is ask Bryzgalov’s teammates what they think about the silence (they’d ask Bryzgalov about it, but he’s not allowed to talk) — creating this really awkward scenario where a bunch of guys are forced to speak on behalf of the one guy that’s not allowed to speak for himself. Should make for a really harmonious dressing room.

There’s also that not-so-tiny issue of Philly shutting down its best quote machine while the HBO cameras are rolling, something CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio noted:


To end things, here’s Bryzgalov’s infamous post-game interview following last week’s 9-8 loss to Winnipeg.

May as well enjoy it. There might not be many more coming our way.

  1. Playmaker's Dealer - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Figures…the guy gives them a season worth of quotes then they turn on him like McNabb. What a bunch of clowns. I can’t blame Bryz for this.

    And by the way Tim Panaccio, there’s a big difference b/n CSN and HBO…and I’m not just talking about one having a vowel. I suspect he’ll have no problem talking to HBO since they have no problem with him.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    As long as he wins, who cares? Bryz isn’t the captain. He isn’t the coach. Panoch takes it way too personal.

  3. eagles512 - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Philly media is a joke. A bunch of whiny immature babies.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Every city’s media is like that haha.

  4. dwil12 - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    panotch needs to go bother some other city’s hockey team. dude is a joke that just non stop cry’s when flyers players dont give him what he wants. convinced he doesnt care if the flyers ever win as long as he gets a good story. can we please get a “run panotch of out philly” movement going. kinda the same way him as his loser media buddies do to players that dont give them good quotes.

  5. marchris72 - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    To paraphras Clarkie in the 90’s:
    Panaccio: Eric Lindros won’t talk to us
    Clarkie I don’t blame him, I wouldn’t talk to you either. You’re an @$$hole.

    Panaccio just looks to start trouble and his followers on CSN buy into it every word. They hate on the Flyers all season long until playoffs begin. He was prodding Bryz for a better quote after a solid win on Saturday against Carolina. Not happy that Bryz wouldn’t give him a “lost in the woods” type comment, he kept dogging him until Bryz said “what do you want me to say”?

  6. pafenceman - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    the media needs to go lay by thier bowls , the buncha dogs have no idea what its like to have a bad day and then have some as***** sticking a mic in your face , they did it to richards , and now they are trying to do it to bryz

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