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Flyers will stick with Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky

Feb 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov AP

Those hoping that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren’s shopping spree will include a goaltender are out of luck. The Flyers have tried to aide their goalies by acquiring two big, physical defensemen in Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman, but at the end of the day, Holmgren is still putting his faith in Ilya Bryzgalov and, to a lesser extent, Sergei Bobrovsky. Holmgren also said that his plans don’t include calling up Michael Leighton, who hasn’t exactly been dominant with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms anyways.

This news won’t sit well with some Flyers fans, but we can’t say that it comes as a surprise. Philadelphia signed Bryzgalov to a nine-year/$51 million contract and reshaped their team in the process to make that deal more viable from a cap hit perspective. They aren’t about to abandon that commitment in year one, even if he has given Flyers’ fans cause for concern.

  1. uncledick - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I’ll believe this on the 28th.

  2. dolanster - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Leighton is a bust. What is Holmgren going to do ? It’s not like he can trade Bryz and his $51M contract. Who would want Bob? What goaltender would be an upgrade? Rask, Bernier, Schneider? Not going to happen for Flyers, who’d have to give up another huge piece to get one of those guys. They’re stuck (for the next decade maybe). Get used to it.

    • chaseutley - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Leighton is a bust? C’mon. The guy is a career backup who had a hot streak. He was a hundred dollar bill that you found in the street: He showed up out of the blue. It was awesome for the moment. You got excited. But eventually he was spent and you moved on.

      I’m not sure that even the most starry-eyed dreamers in Flyerville expected him to be Pelle Lindbergh reincarnate.

      That said, I agree with you on the fact that a goalie trade is going to be all but impossible to pull off. Bryz’ contract makes him nearly impossible to move and cutting bait on him half way through his first year would be a sell-low panic move.

      Maybe I’m more patient than most fans, but I’d like to see if he can dial it up a notch come playoff time. If he can, great. If not, deal with trying to move him in the offseason.

  3. phillyphever - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Not like he has a choice (anyone who thinks Leighton is an upgrade needs to get their eyes checked).

  4. laurely515 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Ever since the post yesterday, where Bryzgalov said he was being used as a scapegoat, I’ve been trying to decide who the best Flyers goalie has been in the time I’ve been watching the team.

    I started watching in the mid-90s, and the first goalie I remember well was Hextall, the second, worse time he was with the Flyers. After him there was Garth Snow, Garth Snow’s enormous pads, Sean Burke (at least twice, there might have been a third time), John Vanbiesbrouck, Brian Boucher (again, twice), Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche, Antero Niitymaki, Marty Biron, Ray Emery, Michael Leighton, and now Bobrovsky and Bryzgalov. I may have left a few out, but I can’t say that’s my fault, because they’ve all been a combination of forgettable and terrible.

    So, looking over this list, I can honestly say that I think that the best Flyers goalie in the last fifteen years has been Brian Boucher. That makes me so happy that baseball season is about to start.

    • steelwarriors55 - Feb 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Yup although Ive always thought that letting Biron go wasnt the best decision.(we wouldnt be in that situation with Bryz if they had sign Biron for the 3.5 mil a year he was asking and would get better goaltending thent they are right now.

  5. obamablowz - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    This was a rebuilding year for Flyers who over achieved with young talent. At this point stand fast and stop the stupid trading away of draft picks for 35 year old D who wont be here in 3 months!

  6. jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    good luck with that…

  7. danphipps01 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    In a related story, GM Paul Holmgren also commits to not winning a Stanley Cup with the Philadelphia Flyers, since the stunning new lows Bryzgalov’s set in Flyers goaltending outright guarantee he’ll be fired (Perhaps out of a cannon. Perhaps into the sun.) before Bryz’s contract expires.

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