Last year at this time the Philadelphia Flyers were being led by a rookie netminder from Russia, Sergei Bobrovsky, now they are being led by another Russian this time Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov was signed in the offseason to tune of nine-years $51 million to give Philadelphia a franchise goalie.
Only one problem has come from that signing and that is the fact that Bryz has not played like a franchise goalie. The defense has played bad at times, but Bryz also hasn’t looked confident in net. He put up great numbers in a non-hockey market with the Phoenix Coyotes. I said in the offseason if you think he is in the same class as a Henrik Lundqvist, Tim Thomas, or Pekka Rinne you are nuts.
Bryzgalov has struggled mightily with a GAA barely under three at 2.99, a horrible save percentage a .895, and a mediocre record of 18-10-4.
Now Bobs has been no All-Star by any means but he is posting better numbers a 11-4-1 record, a 2.42 GAA, and a .919 save percentage. Bobs has half as many starts, so if you bump his starts up to Bryz’s he would have four more wins, two less losses, and one less OT loss.
If you watch the difference from when the two are in net it looks as if the team plays harder when Bobs is between the pipes.
The Flyers in the second half need to come away with a clear number one, coming down the stretch heading into the playoffs. I think the Flyers should go with Bobrovsky. Yes, Bryz is suppose to be your number one because you paid him as such, but he isn’t playing like one. You need to play the players who give you the best chance to win and Bobs is the goalie who will give you the best chance to win.
Who do you think should be the number one? Let me know below.
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