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Bryzgalov might not have to be looking at his confidence skating away from him anymore after this season
It's pretty easy to look at the stats and to think that Ilya Bryzgalov didn't have too bad of a season.
The issue is that when he was bad, he was really bad.
He seemed to give up goals in the worst games and his entire 2012 playoff performance was bad at best.
In case you were wondering, giving up 3.46 goals a game and having a save percentage of .887 means that he played poorly.
When a goaltender plays at that level it usually means that they are lacking the fundamental aspect of what got them there.
He was missing his confidence.
What can a lockout-riddled season do to help him?
Not having an NHL season gives him an opportunity to work on sharpening up his game in a different league. A league that doesn't mean anything towards Philadelphia's record.
That is exactly what he'll be doing.
Bryzgalov will be playing in the KHL, Russia's professional hockey league, in order to continue seeing game action and to keep his game sharp.
Playing in the KHL is a lot like playing in a minor league system compared to the NHL.
When a player isn't producing at a high level, a popular solution is to send them to a minor league team in order for them to get their confidence back.
Sure, the competition is definitely lower, but competing at a higher level than anyone else tends to give an athlete a feeling of invincibility. A feeling of being the best player.
Having a successful stretch for Bryzgalov in Russia would help the Flyers more than they could have dreamed of. A confident Bryzgalov equals one of the better netminders in the league.
The lockout gives him the opportunity to get back to that point.