It just wouldn’t be Flyers hockey without a goalie controversy, would it?
Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia’s biggest offseason acquisition, may not have lost his starting role, but his somewhat inconsistent play has fans and coaches alike looking for more starts from backup Sergei Bobrovsky, who played in 54 games in 2010-11 and posted 28 wins.
Statistically, the goaltenders are similar. Bobrovsky has a 2.82 goals-against average and .905 save percentage, compared to Bryzgalov’s 2.89 GAA and .897 SV percentage. Bryzgalov has won eight of his 16 games, while Bobrovsky has won five of nine.
On the surface, it would appear that the goalies are competing on the same level, and the longer this continues, the more questions will be asked about Bryzgalov’s contract and Bobrovsky’s future with the team.
But given all the goaltending issues the Flyers have had in the last decade-and-a-half, a goalie controversy like this should be a welcome issue in the City of Brotherly Love.