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Bryzgalov likes Mason acquisition, was ‘exhausted’

Apr 25, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers’ acquisition of goaltender Steve Mason fueled rumors that they might buy out Ilya Bryzgalov’s contract over the summer.

Flyers GM Paul Homgren has since attempted to squash that speculation. Either way, Mason has made it clear that his goal is to become Philadelphia’s number one goaltender, based on a CSN Philly report.

So how does Bryzgalov feel about the competition?

“I think it’s a great for the team when you have two good goalies on the team,” Bryzgalov told CSN Philly. “During the season, I didn’t have much opportunity for rest during the long stretch. I was kind of exhausted. You have luxury of having second goalie who can play great, too, it’s wonderful for the team. You play another goalie and he can win the games, too.”

Before Mason joined the squad, Bryzgalov had to play in almost every game. That workload, especially given the condensed schedule got to him.

“At some point during the year I was, like, empty, like an empty tank,” Bryzgalov said. “It’s a luxury when you have two goalies. A good luxury. You never know what is gonna happen. Some goalie get injured or have some bad stretches. It could be anything. If you have a second goalie who is good, it’s good for the team. It’s all about the team.”

Bryzgalov didn’t want to speculate on whether the Flyers could have made the playoffs if he had been given more games off, but it sounds like he sees the benefit of Mason’s addition.

Of course, Mason wants to do more than just give Bryzgalov the occasional breather. He’ll try to earn playing time at the expense of Bryzgalov.

“Healthy competition is always good,” Bryzgalov said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  1. georgejarkko - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Definitely not the right thing to say if you were just accused of falling asleep during a team meeting.

  2. bricktop02 - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Bye bye Bryz.

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    He’ll have plenty of time to rest this offseason, as it turns out.

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

  4. 19to77 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    He’s leavin’ on a jet plane,
    Won’t play in the NHL again…

  5. barkar942 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    According to his comment, it is good for a team to have two good goalies on a team. I guess Leighton was the only good goalie on the team this season. I wonder when Bryz is gonna consider himself good.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Coming into the season all we heard is that Bryz is so much better when he has a large workload (started 65+ his final 3 seasons in Phoenix), but now he didn’t put up respectable stats cuz he was tired? I understand it was an extremely condensed schedule and it did wear him down. However, he was unhappy sharing starts with Bob last season and apparently couldn’t get into a rhythm. Now you’re gonna tell us you’re excited to share the load with a guy who’s completely outplayed him since he arrived here? I don’t buy it.

  7. mclovinhockey - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Leighon had a GAA of 5. Saying he was the only goalie the flyers had who was good this season is borderline moronic.

    All the smart flyers fans were saying Bryz is over worked and fatigue from playing so many games in so little time. He admitted his fatigue and said he is happy to have a guy help take some time from him.

    Some people need to learn a bit more about hockey and business.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Only problem Bryz, the Flyers don’t have 2 good goalies on the team.

  9. canucks30 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Why is every other here article about Bryzgalov?

  10. tackledummy1505 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Wonder if he’ll be singing that tune when Mason takes over. Not to mention this might be Bryz’s last chance to be an NHL goalie. No one wants a Russian head case and I once was a true Bryz believer

  11. gertrudegoat - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I think Bryz will be a Flyer for a while. Everything he says here is right. The only problem is that it’s coming from him and he says so many crazy things. But in the face of it, he’s correct. I’m still of the belief he can be a hack of a goalie and maybe Mason pushing him, will do him and the Flyers a lot of good.

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