Four games into his tenure as a Philadelphia Flyer, Ilya Bryzgalov is already a darling of the people. In fact, fans began buying up jerseys, shirts and other merchandise featuring the Russian netminder’s mug and moniker long before he stepped on the ice in South Philly.
The reason we keep seeing Bryzgalov’s face everywhere is simple: he’s becoming the face of the franchise. He is expected to end 15 years of goaltending woes.
Unfortunately, Flyers fans may be premature in their praise of Ilya Bryzgalov. This is only the beginning of the first of nine long seasons of partnership between Ilya and the Broad Street Bullies, and the honeymoon is not the goal.
The goal is the Stanley Cup.
Here are 10 reasons to question whether or not Bryzgalov can take Philly to Hockey Heaven.