Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Ilya Bryzgalov Will Have a Short Stay in Philly

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Ilya Bryzgalov Will Have a Short Stay in Philly
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Tonight the Flyers host the Winnipeg Jets in the first game back from the All-Star break and the well rested Ilya Bryzgalov makes the start in net to kick off the drive to the playoffs.

The 10th place Jets have outscored fourth place Philly 15-12 in two games, including their 9-8 comeback win that saw Bryz surrender four goals on 10 shots in a relief appearance. That game was the start of his decline in the eyes of the media and fans, especially when the 31-year-old Russian declared himself "lost in the woods."

By signing his now infamous nine-year, $51 million free-agent contract with the Flyers over the summer, the expectations from all fans, critics, media members, teammates and front-office personnel were that Bryzgalov would be the answer in net, a Stanley Cup-caliber netminder to finally end the Broad Street carousel and steady this otherwise well-put-together hockey team.  

But such has not been the case. While the Flyers have been generally strong this year, posting the third most points in the Eastern Conference before the All-Star break, Bryzgalov has been a disappointment, posting an 18-10-4 record, 2.99 GAA and a sub-.900 save percentage and only one shutout.  

Given Bryzgalov's struggles and expectations it would then not be surprising if Bryz's first year in Philadelphia was his last.  

In that spirit, here are the five reasons I believe Ilya Bryzgalov will not last in the City of Brotherly Love.  

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