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Arguably the biggest surprise for the Flyers at the start of the 2013 season has been the outstanding play of enigmatic netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
It's not at all unreasonable to say that Bryzgalov has been Philly's best player.
He's only won three games so far, but that's been more so due to a lack of goal support than anything else. The nine-year pro has compiled a 2.40 goals-against average coupled with a .920 save percentage and has already registered three 30-plus save performances.
And yet because it's Philadelphia, there must always be questions in goal.
This year those questions seem to center around Bryzgalov's backup and the secondary goaltending option in Philadelphia.
Veteran Michael Leighton was inked to a one-year deal on the first day of free agency last summer, which many believed was simply a filler until the Flyers found their true backup to Bryzgalov for this year.
But seven months after that signing, Leighton is still with Philadelphia and looked terribly shaky in his only start of the season so far. In a dismal 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Leighton recorded just 21 saves on 26 shots and looked like a shell of the goaltender that saved Philly's season during the 2009-10 campaign.
The shortened 48-game season coupled with Bryzgalov's solid play helps to diminish the immediate need to address the role of backup goaltender. But the reality is this should be a serious area of concern for Philadelphia.
As Flyers' fans know, Bryzgalov isn't exactly known as the most consistent netminder the game has ever seen and in a traditional 82-game season, a team's starting goaltender will need considerably more rest and nights off than Bryzgalov will need this year.
It's a weakness that doesn't have to be addressed today but is one the Orange and Black will have to deal with sooner rather than later.