In hockey terms, the word “Philadelphia” is synonymous with the phrase “goalie controversy.”
Not since the days of Hextall have the Flyers felt comfortable in the crease, an issue that was supposed to be solved when general manager Paul Holmgren signed Phoenix netminder Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal.
Bryzgalov came in despite the regular-season success of Sergei Bobrovsky, who won 28 games in 54 starts as a rookie playing in North America for the first time.
Needless to say, Bryzgalov has not lived up to expectations, currently sporting a 2.99 GAA, a .895 SV percentage and playing one shaky game after another.
Bobrovsky, on the other hand, has won 11 games in 16 starts with a 2.42 GAA and a .919 SV percentage, making a strong case for the starting job before the playoffs start for the Flyers.
In fact, it would benefit the Flyers to put Bob in net sooner rather than later. While Bryzgalov is the long-term investment for the team, the remainder of this season is all about Bob.