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Brodeur thinks Flyers solidified themselves by getting Bryzgalov

Apr 28, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

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It seems like Ilya Bryzgalov has been a big story consistently since the Philadelphia Flyers inked him to a nine-year/$51 million contract. The headlines linked to him haven’t always been positive and the jury is still out on whether Philadelphia was right to put so much faith in him.

Certainly, he has his detractors, but it doesn’t sound like Martin Brodeur is one of them.

“That’s a team that’s a big market team that will pay the money to win,” Brodeur said, referring to Philadelphia. “Regardless of how they did it, there was always that little missing piece that for everybody was goaltending because there was so much movement. I think they solidified themselves doing what they did with Bryzgalov. A lot of people have different opinions about him, but I think in the long run they’ll be fine with him.”

Bryzgalov had a 0.29 GAA and .987 save percentage in four games against the Devils in the regular season. That said, the playoffs are a different beast and Bryzgalov’s hot-and-cold nature overall this season makes him something of an X-factor going into the second round.

  1. eaglesfan723 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    “That’s a team that’s a big market team that will pay the money to win,” We do pay money for good players, but lets not forget, we have a lot of talent on this team that came up thru drafting and signing quality players from other leagues.

    • balewsquare - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      I think he’s taking a shot at his own team. “Philly has been great w/o a goaltender, now they have one and they’ll be unstoppable. Meanwhile, I’ve been here for years with mostly no offensive firepower…”

      • jkay1818 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        they have a goaltender?

      • barkar942 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        Beg to differ-“We have never had much offensive power, we just don’t have Stevens, Neidemeyer and Daneyko in front of me any more!”

      • maalea - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM


        What was that you were saying about going onto other team’s threads and trashing them?

        Stick to your Ranger threads.

        Bit of a hypocrite aren’t we?

    • obamablowz - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      Um….there is this thing called the salary cap that every team must adhere to right?

  2. dsd3 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    It’s not too surprising Brodeur said this. Despite having an up-and-down year, Bryzgalov has a good reputation across the NHL.

    Easy for people to forget he was a Vezina runner-up pretty recently, just because he has had a tough year in a drastically different city on a team that plays a style of hockey that hardly bears a resemblance to his old team.

    I agree with Brodeur, I think things have and will settle down.

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    @ dsd3…. Haha you said bears ; )

    Anyway I hope bryz does well, no matter what he seems like a great guy and with this coming from possibly the best goalie of all time, I feel a little more confident with the man in net.
    Hope Marty doesn’t retire this year. To see lidstrom, Marty, Selene and Alfie all retire this year would hurt the NHL bad.

    • maalea - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      If they all retire after this season, what a HOF class that will be in 5 years.

      • tcclark - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        not to mention Jagr, but i think he’ll be back next year

    • dsd3 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Hahaha, that was totally accidental. Good catch. :)

  4. bigdong28 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Question…does NJ still play the trap? I didn’t watch much of their last series and didn’t pay attention to their style of play but I know they were notorious for the trap before esp pre lockout. They do struggle with the powerplay as seen it killed them in the florida series. Lucky for the flyers they have the most efficient pp in the playoffs right now. dump and chase is flyers kinda hockey and that’s the only way to beat the trap so bring it on NJ you got A LOT of work to do.

    • devilsfan54 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      The devils don’t have the personnel to play a trap. They also haven’t played a trap in over five years.

      • bigdong28 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        you sure? you don’t get personnel to play the trap, you play the trap because of lack of personnel…

      • bigdong28 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        lol I guess I’ll find my answer in about 3 hours. It doesn’t need to me a “traditional” trap like they used to play pre CBA but if I see 1 pressuring and the rest sitting back and waiting in neutral zone i’m gonna venture to say they play the trap

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