When the Philadelphia Flyers acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Phoenix Coyotes last offseason, the NHL world was quick to jump on the Flyers as early season favorites to compete for the Stanley Cup. After a disappointing yet productive season in Philadelphia, the Flyers had all of the momentum going into the 2012-2013 season. When news of the lockout hit the hockey world, players, such as Bryzgalov, reacted quickly and decided to take their talents overseas in order to be ready for an upcoming season.
Bryzgalov signed to play with CSKA Moscow of the KHL until the NHL lockout ends. In his first couple of games for CSKA, Bryzgalov has struggled with a 0-2 record, 4.02 GAA, and a .857 save percentage. Obviously not playing since May is a problem for Bryzgalov but the limited playing time is not a reason for Flyers’ fans to jump ship on the 32-year old Russian goaltender just yet.
In 59 games for the Flyers a year ago, Bryzgalov struggled. Though he did have 33 victories, he also had a GAA of 2.48 and a save percentage of .909. 2011-2012 was not Bryzgalov’s worst season of his career, which is weird because many thought he was doomed from the start.