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Briere on Bryzgalov: “the last couple of weeks, he’s actually been a great teammate”

Mar 5, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

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Based on what Danny Briere said today, it’s safe to assume Ilya Bryzgalov wasn’t the most popular guy in the Philadelphia dressing room during his first few months with the team.

“We’ve seen all kinds of Bryz this year,” Briere said, as reported by CSNPhilly.com. “He’s never the same. He’s all over the place. But the last couple of weeks, he’s actually been a great teammate and hopefully, he stays that way.”

When a teammate says you’ve “actually” been a good guy lately, you know a low bar’s been set. Sort of like a Kevin James movie that “actually doesn’t make you want to jump off a cliff,” if one of those is ever made.

Bryzgalov’s posted impressive numbers since the All-Star break (2.03 GAA, .920 SV%). Sunday he shut out the Capitals in Washington, making 34 saves in a 1-0 victory.

It’s not just his play that’s changed either. Briere said that before “everything was about Bryz. When he played well, when he played bad, everything was about Bryz.”

And now?

“I found lately, a lot more, it’s not just about him. He’s able to take the blame when there is and give credit to his teammates when that is.”

But like Briere said, Bryzgalov is “never the same,” so we’ll have to see how long the new attitude lasts. Clearly he’s had trouble handling the pressure that goes with playing in Philly and earning big money. And that pressure will only intensify once the playoffs start.

  1. dsd3 - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Good job, Danny. You’ve managed to be a complete and utter hypocrite by saying bad things about your teammate to a reporter. That’s pretty much the definition of being a bad teammate.

  2. punkrulz24 - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    The only way I can see this as being a good thing is if it is well supported in the locker room that Bryz wasn’t always a great teammate, and that Bryz was aware of the situation. Then this could be a plus. But Bryz has always seemed to acknowledge that the crappy goaltending was definitely his fault, and that’s a good thing. This isn’t anything new.

  3. challer9 - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Nice jab at Kevin James movies haha, They are awful.

  4. sheckyrimshot - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    so let me try to read between the lines here. the flyers tell bryz to stop talking to tim panaccio. he starts playing markedly better. for the first time in six months tim panaccio finds himself without a “look what bryz said now” article. so he tries to pry it out of his teammates. what a rat turd weasel.

    • panotchpulitzer - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Yup, that’s Panotch’s MO. I’m even more disappointed in Briere giving him ammunition though.

  5. jagrbomb18 - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Everyone hates panotch….he’s the main reason (besides trying to sign bryz) that richie is in LA …the guy would just never leave him alone!

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