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Bryzgalov says he stinks, has no confidence

Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:23 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 1:24 am
By: Adam Gretz

Ilya Bryzgalov was supposed to be the answer to the one problem the Philadelphia Flyers have been trying to solve since Ron Hextall was occupying the crease -- goalie. The Flyers have so much confidence that Bryzgalov is the man to get them over the postseason hump that after acquiring his free agent rights over the summer from the Phoenix Coyotes, they signed him to an enourmous nine-year, $51 million contract that was also accompanied by the trades of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

The entire sequence of events basically made Bryzgalov the face of the franchise. After two starts, Bryzgalov allowed just one goal in wins against Boston and New Jersey, and all seemed to be well. Over his past six appearances, however, everything has been a struggle.

He didn't start the Flyers' 9-8, goaltending optional loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, but did enter the game after Sergei Bobrovsky allowed five goals in less than two periods of work. Bryzgalov wasn't any better and surrendered four goals on just 10 shots. Add that performance to his previous five, and he's allowed 25 goals on 157 shots for a brutal .840 save percentage since a shutout against New Jersey. Given how tough of a hockey market Philadelphia can be, there's no doubt some serious concern filling the call-in shows.

And Bryzgalov's post-game comments on Thursday might be causing some panic.

"I have zero confidence in myself right now," said Bryzgalov during his post-game interview. "I just can't stop the puck, it's very simple. You can't ask more from the forwards, they scored eight goals and we're still losing."

He later added that he feels like he's "lost in the woods right now."

You can watch his entire presser right here, via Flyers beat writer Anthony SanFillippo:

Bryzgalov definitely has a bit of a personality to him, and it's not uncommon for him to give candid -- and sometimes bizarre -- quotes in interviews, but it's a bit early in the season to sound that defeated.

The Flyers are currently without their best defenseman, Chris Pronger, following an eye injury he suffered against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in their first two games without him they've given up 14 goals against two teams off to bad starts in Montreal and Winnipeg. The defense is a mess, and the goaltending isn't helpinng.

Bryzgalov had his best seasons in Phoenix playing in Dave Tippett's tight defensive system, and it was going to be interesting to see how he would adjust to the changes around him. Like Roberto Luongo in Vancouver Bryzgalov isn't going to be this bad all season, but in Philadelphia, where the home town team blew up its roster to acquire -- and sign -- him this isn't the start anybody was looking for.

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Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:09 pm
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Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:02 pm

Bryzgalov says he stinks, has no confidence

This is no surprise.  Any Coyote fan could have told you that Bryz is a head case.  The Coyotes treated him with kid gloves and did everything possible to ensure that he was in his right state of mind.  When the playoffs came and the pressure was on he choked, so I was surprised that he go such a big deal from the Flyers.

Now Bryz has pressure every game.  Not only does he have the pressure of being in a big market with 10 times the media scrutiny but he also has the pressure of being the guy who pushed two of the Flyers stars out of town.

Bryz literally had zero focus from the Phoenix media.  He got his wish of being in the big time and now he must live with it. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:46 pm

Bryzgalov says he stinks, has no confidence

Scary statement, lol.  At least he's getting $59 an autograph.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:10 pm

Bryzgalov says he stinks, has no confidence

On one hand, it is very admirable for a guy to stand up and say how lousy he has been. Especially at the price tag the Flyers paid, and especially in a Philly market.

On the other hand, stating you have "zero confidence" in yourself is not a good sign for Bryz.

I think we will see the team rally around him and get the next win.

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