The Philadelphia Flyers held their last Media Day on Sunday to wrap up their season and talk about what they need to focus on in the offseason. For the first time since 2006, the Flyers are not going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so it’s a sad time in the city of Philadelphia.
Outspoken goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had a lot to say during media day, and not all of it was good.
Bryzgalov and the media do not have a good relationship. The biggest reason why is because he has been the brunt of jokes and speculation about whether or not he was sleeping in a meeting. We also can’t forget that his name and teammate Danny Briere‘s name continue to be brought up in talks about if the organization will amnesty their contracts.
Bryzgalov is a different breed of an athlete because he takes a lot to heart on what is said about him in articles and papers. But can we blame him? It was after he got asked if he was coming back next season again when he lashed out on the media on Sunday afternoon.
Bryzgalov lashed out on the media by criticizing them for all the scrutiny they have sent his way, according to Courier-Post.
“Sometimes you’re reading and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, who is this lunatic?’…You never look yourselves in the mirror, eh? You’re always good. You never make the mistakes. Your articles are always perfect. In reality, what have you done for this city? If you ask yourself, what have you done besides only criticize?”
Bryzgalov has a point when you consider the sleeping story, but at the same time reporters are supposed to criticize athletes, it’s kind of in their job description.
As for if the Flyers will bring the outspoken goalie back next season, definitely count on it. The problem with some members of the media and even Flyers fans, is that they are always blaming the goaltender for a poor season. There is also this thing called defense that is supposed to be in front helping him out, and the defense this season failed to do that.
This season Bryzgalov had a few miscues, but his game has improved a lot since his first season with the team. Even though his backup Steve Mason had some pretty good games at the tail end of the season, that is not enough to go on and to give Mason the starting position. We also have to consider how many games Bryzgalov has started in this season, so the guy has to be exhausted.
There was a lot of things wrong with the Flyers this season and goaltending played somewhat of a factor, but it was not at the heart of the team’s issues.