It wouldn't be a postseason article about the Philadelphia Flyers if we didn't address the goaltending concerns that annually plague the Philly crease.
Previously mentioned were the Carter and Richards deals, which were essentially made to free up salary cap space to sign the number one goaltending free agent from a summer ago, Ilya Bryzgalov.
After an up-and-down regular season, Bryz was a total enigma in the postseason. He was downright dreadful in the Pittsburgh series and while he showed glimpses in the second round, he was never able to outright steal a game against the Devils. That's what franchise goaltenders do and that's what Bryzgalov was brought into Philadelphia to do.
Instead, all the Russian netminder could muster was a rather pedestrian 3.02 goals-against average coupled with an equally mediocre .902 save percentage in five games against New Jersey.
Again, there were moments in round two when Bryzgalov was the best player on the ice, but they were nothing more than fleeting moments before the reality of a nightmarish scenario in goal returned to the City of Brotherly Love. Bryzgalov had never been a playoff dynamo in his days in Phoenix. Those questions remain in Philadelphia along with whether Bryz has the mental fortitude to tend goal in a hockey-crazed market like Philly. Meanwhile, fellow Russian Sergei Bobrovsky waits in the wings with still eight more years remaining on Bryzgalov's massive deal from a summer ago.
For better or for worse, the Flyers are stuck with Bryzgalov. His contract is too long and carries too much money to move. As such, Philly needs to move Bobrovsky to acquire defensive depth and needs to bring in a steady veteran netminder to back up Bryz.
Easier said than done I'm sure, but no matter what the universe has to say about it, Bryzgalov is here to stay.