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Ilya Bryzgalov’s record was very good this season. But, other than wins and losses, he was not a good goaltender. Especially since Bryzgalov signed a nine-year, $51 million contract in the offseason.
Bryzgalov was not paid to just post a good regular season record for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was paid to be one of the best goaltenders in the league and be a final piece for the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup.
Prior to this season, Bryzgalov had only once posted a GAA of higher than 2.48 as a team’s starting goaltender (2008-09 with the Phoenix Coyotes).
That is also the only season that Bryzgalov has posted a SV% lower than this season’s (.909).
The Flyers currently hold a 3-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first-round matchup. A successful postseason run by the Flyers may lessen how tough Flyer fans are on Bryzgalov at year’s end.
However, giving up 12 goals in the three playoff games, so far, and having a .868 SV% will not allow for any amount of team success to overshadow his poor play.
Luckily for the Flyers, this is only the first year of a nine-year contract.
Wait, a nine-year contract? Flyers fans should be very worried.