It was reported last night that Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was hurt in last night’s 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers were quick to deny to the report, but today they have confirmed the injury.
The Flyers organization reported that Bryz has a chip fracture in his right foot and is day-to-day. “We don’t think this is a serious injury,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. “We’re hoping that he’ll be back practicing on the ice on Friday with the idea that he can play on the weekend.”
Can we take Homer at his word? Not really, this man is more secretive than the CIA and isn’t exactly honest about injuries. Just last week regarding injured defenseman Andrej Meszaros, Holmgren initially said when discussing injuries that there was no change to Mez, but Philadelphia media personality Howard Eskin reported he was going to need surgery. It then came out that Meszaros was indeed going to need surgery and would be out six to eight weeks.
The biggest example this year was the saga involving captain Chris Pronger. Progs missed sometime after taking a stick to the eye and after returning to the lineup was quickly out again. First it was reported as an illness, then it was said he needed knee surgery, and finally he was diagnosed with a concussion.
There is sure to be plenty of lamenting among the Flyers faithful. Many will, and rightfully so, not buy Homer’s report and will be worried it is worse than it really is. Other will probably be dejected about the timing of the injury and anytime something doesn’t go right in the playoffs always wonder if it has to do with the injury. You can’t really fault a fan base that has waited 37 years for their third Stanley Cup.
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