Ilya Bryzgalov: 6 Reasons His Signing Will Cost Paul Holmgren His Job

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Ilya Bryzgalov: 6 Reasons His Signing Will Cost Paul Holmgren His Job
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Ilya Bryzgalov has made 11 starts and one disastrous relief appearance for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Russian goaltender has posted six wins and six losses (two in overtime) with a sub-.900 save percentage and has given up 2.85 goals per game.  

While inconsistency was to be expected in the early going from the Flyers as the personnel and culture changes came together, signing a free agent Vezina Trophy Finalist to a nine-year, $51 million contract over the summer was thought to be a way to offset these inconsistencies.  

While Bryzgalov was, first and foremost, brought to the City of Brotherly Love to deliver a Stanley Cup, building a true Cup contender takes time.

Philadelphia's General Manager Paul Holmgren had already built a team capable of reaching the finals, then blew it up after the media ran wild with allegations of locker room disharmony following a disappointing semifinals sweep via the eventual champion Boston Bruins.  

If this team takes a few years to come together, as the Briere-Richards-Carter core did, will the architect be around to see if it all pays off?

Flyers President Ed Snider is a loyal man, but he is not a patient man.  He is 78 years old and wants a Cup now.

Can Bryzgalov deliver enough in the short-term to validate Holmgren's offseason decisions and, ultimately, the GM's job? 

The "Negadelphian" in me is not very confident.  Given this city-bread proclivity for the downside, here are the six reasons Ilya Bryzgalov will cost Paul Holmgren the general managership of the Philadelphia Flyers.  

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