New Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is Introduced

Published on August 25th, 2011

Ilya Bryzgalov has finally arrived in Philly and was introduced to the press on August 25 at the Flyers Skatezone in Voorhees, NJ.  The Flyers had acquired the Russian goalie in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes on June 7 and subsequently signed him to a huge contract on June 23.  It was reportedly a deal for 9 years that is worth $51 million. 

The general consensus is that the Flyers have fallen short in recent years due to the lack of a stud goalie.  Bryzgalov has been brought in and signed to a lucrative contract to fill that role.  He will be on the hot seat once the season starts and will be facing a lot of pressure.

He is fine with that.  “I never put pressure on myself.  I know my job and I know what I have to do.  You (the media) put pressure on us.  You create the pressure around the team.  I think I can handle it.  I know what I have to do.  I know when I play bad and what I have to do to fix it.”

Bryzgalov has played 6 full seasons in the NHL.  His 1st two were with the Anaheim Ducks who drafted him in the 2nd round in 2000.  He was the team’s back-up goaltender the season (2006-07) the Ducks won the Stanley Cup.  He appeared in 5 games during that playoff run going 3-1 with a 2.25 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage.

His last 4 seasons were spent in Phoenix where he played in at least 65 games three of those seasons.  Bryzgalov likes to play a lot of games.  He said regarding that, “When you play a lot, you feel confident about your game.”  In his first season there, he played in 55 games.  His best season was 2009-10 when he went 42-20-6 with a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.  He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender that season.

Bryzgalov with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren


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