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Flyers deny reports that Ilya Bryzgalov has a hip injury

Apr 19, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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Here’s what we know for sure: Ilya Bryzgalov left Philadelphia Flyers practice early today. The confusion begins when you ask “Why?” Howard Eskin recently reported that Bryzgalov is dealing with a hip injury, but Frank Seravalli passes along word from Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren that there’s “no truth” to those rumors.

If you’ve followed Flyers injury reports in general and during this season in particular, it’s tough to believe anything you read. Holmgren was initially optimistic about Chris Pronger‘s injury situation – which is amusing in hindsight since Pronger might not play another shift of NHL hockey. Then again, Holmgren was also positive about Bryzgalov returning from an injury late in the regular season … and he actually did.

Another thing that compounds the confusion is that for all of Peter Laviolette’s positivity, he might go with Sergei Bobrovsky even if injuries aren’t the main determining factor.

It’s all a bit bewildering, but for now we’ll take the Flyers word for it. Bryzgalov might not have a hip issue, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t injured. Some Philly fans would say he’s playing like an injured netminder, anyway.

In other news from Eskin, James van Riemsdyk has been cleared to play while Nicklas Grossmann isn’t likely to be available for Game 4. Just like with Breezy, it sounds like we’ll just need to wait and see what happens on Friday.

  1. phillyphever - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Considering Eskin nailed Meszaros’ back surgery (which the Flyers denied at first), I’m going with Eskin here and say Bob’s gonna start tomorrow.

  2. bennywisest - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Guess O’Brien is not a Flyer Fan:

    “Holmgren was initially optimistic about Chris Pronger‘s injury situation – which is amusing in hindsight since Pronger might not play another shift of NHL hockey.”

  3. lesleyvissersfacelift - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Bryz couldn’t move across the crease on goal #5, so maybe he does have a hip injury.

  4. bleed4philly - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Always something!

  5. crazemastercraze - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    excuses, excuses!

  6. bobhpine - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I hope he plays…another game like the last one and he’ll be like Cameron from ferris beullers day off on the diving board.

  7. mojosmagic - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Two more cheap head shots by the Pens on Grossman in the last game so he is iw he out with a concussion.. It seems that’s what the Pens do so if we gave a chance to run Crosby or Letang i say give them a taste of their own medicine.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Weak dude. And I’m a flyers fan…instead of wishing(or intentionally causing, as you suggest) injuries on their best players the flyers should just prove the effing game the right way..their good enough so why not?? Defense? Mehhhhhhh….

      • cowgut1 - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:35 AM

        Flyers need to take game 5 or they’re in trouble. They need to put all that payback talk on the back burner until they’ve got the game well in hand.

  8. tk1966 - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    We all know he hurt his vagina

  9. penzfan329 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    waaah. more excuses

  10. drewzducks - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Peggy from USA Prime Credit could score on this clown.

  11. dougr42 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Maybe he’s got a virus that will require knee surgery. Sound familiar? It should.

  12. 12strikes - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Considering that Howard Eskin has been know to make things up, using him as a point of reference or a source is not really a good idea.

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