Where does one even begin here?
Ilya Bryzgalov was inked to a massive nine-year, $51 million contract in the summer of 2011 with the hope he would bring some stability to the perpetually maligned Philadelphia goal crease. Instead, "Mr. Universe" sent things spiraling out of control.
Boy, was it entertaining, though.
Just over four months into his colossal contract and on the heels of a 9-8 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Bryzgalov openly admitted he had zero confidence in himself and went so far as to say he was "lost in the woods."
Just over a month later, HBO's 24/7 series, which documented the Flyers and New York Rangers leading up to their clash in the 2011 Winter Classic, aired, and Bryzgalov was an overnight sensation after his thoughts on the universe and tigers. Bryz made news again before the outdoor festivities when he admitted Philly had a better chance of winning the game as backup goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky would be starting over him.
All the while, his play on the ice was equally as erratic.
After his early-season struggles, Bryzgalov regained his confidence and put together a stretch for the ages when he recorded four shutouts in a five-game span in early March. But then came the playoffs, and the Bryzaster was back.
The enigmatic netminder scuffled throughout the 2012 postseason, posting a 5-6 overall mark while compiling a gargantuan 3.46 goals-against average coupled with a woeful .887 save percentage. He was frequently guilty of allowing soft goals and boasted the body language of a player completely at a loss.
Bryz lasted only two seasons in Philadelphia (he was bought out via a compliance buyout in June of 2013), and while they weren't the most productive campaigns in team history, they certainly were among the most entertaining.