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Giroux on Bryzgalov: “He’s gonna be the best goalie in the league next year”

Jun 5, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

Bryzgalov Giroux

We’ve seen past instances of Flyers forward Claude Giroux showing public support for his embattled goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov.

On Tuesday, he took it to the next level.

Giroux joined Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic to discuss a variety of subjects — the EA NHL 13 cover vote, his wrist injury, if he’s watching the Stanley Cup finals — with his most intriguing comments came on the subject of Bryz.

On the team getting frustrated with Ilya Bryzgalov’s act during the regular season:

GIROUX: If you don’t know what to expect coming into Philly, it’s not like in Phoenix — they don’t have a lot of media and stuff. It’s Philly, everybody’s a big Flyers fan and it’s great.

He didn’t know how it would be, but at the end of the season, like you said, he kind of adapted himself and he was good with the fans and he was playing his best hockey at the end, too.

Obviously next year he’s gonna know what to expect and if I had to predict anything he’s gonna be the best goalie in the league next year — I’m pretty sure that’s what’s gonna happen.”

As mentioned above, this isn’t the first time Giroux has gone this route. Prior to Game 5 of the Pittsburgh series, he told reporters Bryzgalov was “going to be great tonight” and Bryzgalov responded by stopping 50 of the 54 shots he faced in Games 5 and 6.

But…best goalie in the league? That’s setting the bar awfully high.

  1. pajabroni - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    With all due respect, Giroux should focus on his own game after his disappearance in the second round. Wrist injuries or not.

    • dsd3 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Are you serious? He’s still tied for the lead in playoff goals, despite not having played in the playoffs for weeks. What a dumb comment.

      • crosberries - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM

        First of all he did say “with all due respect”. Second the only reason he was up there is from the inflated numbers from the Pittsburgh series. He didn’t play well in the devils series

      • beavertonsteve - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Any time someone starts with “with all due respect…” you can plan on an insult coming next.

      • crosberries - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        It was sarcasm you nut

      • pajabroni - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Dumb comment? How many points did he score in the second round? Are you implying that he did not disappear in the second round?

        And you sort of, kind of, definitely made my point kind sir…”despite not having played in the playoffs for weeks”…its always fair to argue that had he elevated his play in the second round…the flyers may still be playing in the playoffs.

    • WeWantTheCup - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Lets be honest, if Marty doesn’t retire Bryz won’t even be the in the top 3 goalies in his OWN DIVISION next year. You’re a great player Claude, one of the, best but you obviously have no idea when it comes to goaltending, then again it’s not your job to. Maybe Claude had just finished sniffing the residue in Mike Richards old locker before he did this interview cause this guys gotta be higher than a kite making comments like that.

    • bigdaddy3150 - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Are you implying that he did not disappear in the second round?

      He did not disappear, I know I saw him in every game.Considering that he had surgery on both wrists after the playoffs, one might think he “manned up” and played through the pain. He certainly wasn’t 100% but I already mentioned the surgery, right? I find that people who are ultra-critical of athletes usually have other issues. “His wrists needed surgery, screw that he should play as if they don’t hurt at all”…is that what you are implying?

  2. sportsfreak13 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Doesnt he remember what happend to him after his coach declared him “the best player in the league”. Lesson not learned i guess.

    • dsd3 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Don’t you remember what happened to Evgeni Malkin in the first round of playoffs?

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        yea he scored 8 points in 6 games not 1 in 5!

      • dsd3 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        2 goals in a 10-3 win. One goal that was actually relevant. I’m actually a big fan of Malkin, but he did not have a good playoff run this year.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        all those games were high scoring games with bad defense and bad goaltending. That series is why giroux points were so high. That series is a anomly in playoff hockey which is why i take it with a grain of salt.

    • wicky888 - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      That’s 1 more point than Malkin had in the 2nd round. And Malkin only had 2 points in the first 3 games of the Flyers series (0 goals, 2 assists) which was basically when the series was decided.

  3. dsd3 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    What do people expect Giroux to say? I think it’s nice for him to show his support, and I expect Bryzgalov to have a better year next year. He wasn’t the reason they lost to NJ in the playoffs.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I guess the longer you associate with the Orange and Black the dumber you get with time.

    Lil note
    Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier, Yzerman, Sakic never said anything of the such about their goalie and putting expectations on them.

  5. hagigun - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Giroux better pry Bryz away from all his video games on Xbox and PS3 if he is gonna take the next step. Hockey needs to become #1 in his life, just like it is for Giroux…you can’t really force that on some guys. Drive is something not everyone is born with.

    • dsd3 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Yes, I’m sure Bryz had a sub-par year because he was too addicted to video games. You do realize this is a guy who was a Vezina runner-up in 2010, and a top five finisher for the Hart trophy, right? He’s not some teenage kid sitting in his bedroom playing video games.

      • urineidiot - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        LOL, he almost wins everything………

      • WeWantTheCup - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        LOL, almost won a vezina, top FIVE for the Hart trophy, who the hell keeps that stat. I think I finished in the top 100 for the hart trophy. Sorry bud, your reaching. Maybe the video games werent’ the reason he had a sub par year, maybe he had a sub par year because that is what he has become now, a sub par goalie. Putting more pressure on him with his captain saying he will be the best in the league next year sure won’t help this headcase.

      • dsd3 - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Who keeps that stat? Well, anyone who pays attention to the NHL. It’s rare for a goalie to be a top 5 Hart Trophy finisher. But go ahead and laugh. He will have a better year next year.

  6. hrudey - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I don’t see what’s unreasonable about that. Giroux may well be right, depending on what league Bryzgalov plays in next season. I mean, I think Bryzgalov could surely be the #1 guy in the Swiss league.

    • jimw81 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      I actually agree what Giroux was saying in the interview. He just needs the right backup goalie who can deal with the media and fans to take the pressure off of him. Plus, all of this depends how the defensive core is setup infront of him.

  7. lsxphotog - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    They key to the Flyers actually winning a Stanley Cup again will be when they actually understand their issues are deeper than their goaltending. To allow 54 shots by one of the most lethal and precise-shooting teams deserves a loss any night. Bryz did well considering, but they still allow too many shots and do nothing to catch the man coming into the house from the circle and corners. If you want to score on the Flyers, just wait for them to mess up.

  8. govtminion - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I’d find it hard to believe that he’ll be the best in the league next year, but I’m willing to believe that this year was a learning experience for Bryz and the Flyers, and see what next year holds- he could have a damned good year. There’s a reason the Flyers tossed all that money at him last summer, after all- he’s a very good goalie when he’s on. We saw that in Anaheim, in Phoenix, and we saw it in the latter half of this regular season. If he has a year next year like the stretch he had in February and March, I’d be pretty happy if I were the Flyers.

    Will that happen? No idea- that’s why they play the games.

  9. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    you filthy fans keep living in this dilusional orange and black smog filled wonder land where you think your team will be the best. They never were and never will be anything but mediocre. They will never win a cup as long as we all are alive. The 75’s are true born losers and i have pitty on you all. i know we all cant be fans of the franchise who made a franchise-like move by signing a way better goalie than filthis starter. hahaha SOUP CAN ARMYS GONNA SWING ON YOU

    • govtminion - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Oh good, it grew another screen name. That’s what, 15, 20 names you’ve gone through? Grow up kid.

  10. stratomaticfan - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Get me whatever Giroux is smoking. He’s not top 5….heck….he may not even be top 10.

  11. mclovinhockey - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    So many idiotic comments on here. Some intelligent ones (like the fact giroux is still atop the playoffs in points)

  12. hockeyfan28 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    You gotta love the Pittsburgh/Philly rivalry it’s truely become the Michigan/Ohio State of hockey

  13. namriverrat69 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    At least one will be better. His name is Jonathan Quick.

  14. bagjr387 - Jun 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    he will be the best… the AMERICAN hockey league

  15. bobhpine - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    So part of this adaptation to Philadelphia of which giroux speaks must include bryzgalov’s statement made afterbthe season that he wouldn’t wish his last year on his worst enemy? Face it, holmgren paid $51 million for a mental midget. Giroux might not be far behind his numbskull goalie in the intelligence arena.

  16. GenoPringles - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    NHL needs to start testing for bath salts. This Ginger is high as a kite. I think Patrick Kane on cinco de mayo had more intelligent comments than this. Keep on smellin filthy 75rs

  17. flyers22 - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Bryz was looking great during the second half of the season, anyone who knows a thing about hockey cant argue that. He now has a year under his belt and knows what to expect not to mention if we get a little bit of an upgrade on D that will only improve his game.

  18. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Crazy how a non news article about the flyers generates more comments then any so far during and about the Stanley cup.

    He said his goalie will be better next year. Big deal

    • bobhpine - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      “if I had to predict anything he’s gonna be the best goalie in the league next year”

      That’s what he said…which means Bryzgalov would go from a middling headcase/frequent embarrassment to the best in the league. Better than Quick, Smith, Lundqvist, Rinne, etc. Laughable man.

      • dsd3 - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Uh, he was considered pretty close to the best in the league in 2010 when he was a Vezina runner-up. It’s not that much of a stretch.

  19. heyzeus143 - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    geez, do you guys ever stop talking? you gonna sign Terrell Suggs or something?

  20. capsfan19 - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Get over claude. If you have to give this inspirational garbage every two weeks he is not and will not be the best.

  21. tackledummy1505 - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I see the Flyer haters are out. Funny how Flyer posts generate the most news and responses. It’s not a surprise either that the Flyers/Penguins series has better ratings than the Stanley Cup Finals. Flyers play real hockey. Exciting hockey, Flyers game 4 had so many highlights it took almost a whole segment on Sportscenter. I actually have to not change the channel just in case I miss the Stanley Cup Finals review. Lol it’s not rocket science to figure out people want to see hits, big saves, goals and fights. Not Devil or Ranger hockey, where 5 guys sit on defense, clutch, grab, hug, or run interference down the ice. I would rather watch a bubble hockey tournament.

  22. tackledummy1505 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    PS Giroux will be the best player in hockey next season, with minor defense tweaks, another year experience for our young guys and Bryz is top 3 goalie, if not best. Still if Quick has another year like this year that’ll be hard to do.

    • pajabroni - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Are you kidding me?? Your petulance is agonizing. No way is Giroux going to be the best player in hockey next season. Crosby will be better, Malkin will be better, Datsyuk will be better.

      Can Giroux win something of value before being dubbed the best in the league?

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Thats why he put “dummy” in his screen name.

      • bleedgreenaz - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        You aren’t that bright are you? He did not dub him the best in the league, he said next year he “will be”. You idiot trolls needs to read the words before responding.

        Also, while Malkin put up more points, I still felt that Giroux was the better player.

        For pajabroni, “Best” doesn’t always mean “Most Points”

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        best might not always mean the most points but the hart trophy does mean the best player in the league and malkin is in the running for that (favorite to win) and giroux is not plain and simple. Take off the orange and black colored glasses and you will see malkin is better.

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