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Bryzgalov says he will not start in Winter Classic

Jan 1, 2012, 11:07 AM EST

Ilya Bryzgalov AP

The universe might be humongous but the net still only has room for one guy, and for the Winter Classic that won’t be Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov noted after Flyers practice this morning that he won’t be getting the start, instead it’ll be up to Sergei Bobrovsky to carry the Flyers. Bryzgalov has not played well of late and after becoming the most interesting guy to watch on HBO’s 24/7 now he’ll become the dramatic figure who loses his job.

Bobrovsky got the start in Philly’s last game against Pittsburgh, playing well in a 4-2 win over the Penguins. He’s played strongly of late and coach Peter Laviolette riding the hot hand and rewarding the guy who’s playing well makes plenty of sense. Now we’ll get to see how Bobrovsky handles the spotlight of being “the man” even for just one very high profile game.

  1. babar61 - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Don’t worry Bryz. Universe is so humongous big right, you so small. You think you have problem? Dont worry be happy!

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Haha that ain’t right.

  2. stakex - Jan 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Even as a Rangers fan I will flat out say Peter Laviolette is a great coach. Hes the main reason the Flyers continue to play well no matter who they have on their team.

    However, this seems like a bad move. Bryzgalov is suppose to be the top guy in Philly, and while Bobrovsky is playing a little better right now, hes not going to be the face of the Flyers for the years to come. If Bryzgalov is being told he can’t be trusted in the big games, whats that going to do to his confidence and his desire to play for the Flyers in the futre? I think Laviolette should have stuck with his top guy in the big game so as to not cause a rift.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      You do not treat players based on the value of their paycheques. You treat them based on the value of their PLAY. Ask Montreal how “trusting” Scott Gomez is working out for them. Ask the Islanders about “trusting” RDP. Just because he makes a lot of money and has an NTC doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bench him if he’s being outperformed. Playing a high-value signee in spite of weak performance is literally giving him no incentive whatsoever to figure his shit out. It’s just rewarding him for being overpaid.

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