Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Why Ilya Bryzgalov Is Not the Long-Term Answer

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons Why Ilya Bryzgalov Is Not the Long-Term Answer
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Once they start playing hockey again in the NHL, many questions will have to be answered in Philadelphia.

One of the most familiar questions involves the goaltending position. Some might say the Flyers have not had the kind of goaltending you want since Bernie Parent won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and '75.

Perhaps you don't want to go back that far and you will say that Ron Hextall (1986-92; 94-99) did an adequate job in net for the Flyers. If that's the case, the Flyers' goaltending issues have been going on for 13 years.

The Flyers had hoped that the acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov prior to the start of the 2011-12 season might turn their goaltending fortunes around.

While one season in Philadelphia is not enough to come to a final conclusion on his ability to man the No. 1 goaltending role, he did not steady the ship in that first year.

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