Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is in trouble again for his outspoken nature.
Earlier this week the goalie told Russian sports website Championat that Russian dictator Joseph Stalin was not completely bad. You know the Stalin who killed three times more people than Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Bryzgalov refused to comment on the article and the website was taken down almost immediately after deadspin.com broke the story.
One of the reactions has been that perhaps the media is blowing this out of portion. And to be honest maybe we are, especially when you consider that Bryzgalov has been misquoted before. He has also said things in Russian that have been mistranslated into English and were reported on. So, it is entirely possible that this could have happened again.
His comments caused quite a bit of a stir. For Americans, we don’t completely understand the cultural differences between our two countries, but to say that the country needed someone like Stalin is a bit of a stretch. But seeing as this isn’t a history blog, let’s talk about how this is going to affect the Flyers.
Bryzgalov keeps saying weird things and it’s clear he doesn’t like the media, but the question has also come up as to whether or not Bryzgalov is doing it on purpose. In other words, is he just trying to give the Flyers more reasons to ax him?
The question has been posed in a few threads, but in reality Bryzgalov is just eccentric. Everyone knows that the weirdest guy on the team is the goaltender, and Bryzgalov exudes that stereotype. I don’t think that he is necessarily speaking out like this so the Flyers will amnesty his contract. However, it may give the Flyers more of a reason to get rid of him. He’s basically a walking PR disaster right now and he also is taking a huge chunk out of the Flyers cap space. So, it looks like if anyone’s contract is getting amnestied it will be Bryzgalov’s.
If he does get amnestied they will have to put a lot of faith in Steve Mason by giving him the start next season. Or they will have to start looking for another starting goalie. Either way it doesn’t look good.