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Crashing the Crease: Buyout Plan B’s

Yesterday, Kevin Christmann discussed the possibility of an amnesty buyout clause being introduced in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that would allow teams to buy out one contract without any cap hit penalties. He, and many others, have suggested the possibility of using that buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov, ridding the Flyers of what is undoubtedly a bad contract no matter how one may look at it. While the merits of choosing to use this buyout on Bryzgalov are up for debate, one thing is fairly clear: if Paul Holmgren were to exercise this buyout on the Flyers’ starting goaltender, he …

Ilya Bryzgalov, courtesy KHL.ru

Crashing the Crease: It might be time to worry about Bryz.

Two weeks ago on Crashing the Crease, I examined some of Ilya Bryzgalov’s goals against in action for the KHL’s CSKA Moscow. At the time, Philly’s favorite cosmonaut had an 0-2 record, 4.02 goals-against average and a save percentage of .857. He was also made a healthy scratch at one point in his run, causing much concern for those able to watch him back home. However, looking into his play in those first two games revealed a goaltender making many saves he should, some he shouldn’t, and ultimately being let down, for the most part, by his defense. At the …

Bryzgalov, being Bryzgalov.

Crashing the Crease: O Bryz, Where Art Thou?

Ilya Bryzgalov’s KHL season is underway with CSKA Moscow, the modern-day incarnation of the Red Army hockey club. Since his arrival, much has been made about his being a healthy scratch, and concern abounds about having lost two games while yielding 4 goals in each. However, has it really been all that bad? Is he being scratched because he is terrible? Just what is going on over there? Alarms started ringing after word came back that CSKA lost to Traktor 4-3. Most North American highlight packages showed few, if any, of the goals against Bryz, therefore making it difficult to …

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Crashing the Crease: Slim Bryz, slim stats?

The 2012-2013 version of Ilya Bryzgalov could be a bit faster on the ice than he was last year. The Russian netminder is back to work in Voorhees, training for the upcoming NHL season, and has reportedly lost eight pounds over the Summer. At times last season, Bryz could be a little sluggish side to side. He wasn’t outright slow, nor was he heavy enough for weight to be a problem – at 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds, Bryzgalov was certainly not out of shape. In fact, his apparent lack of mobility was a combination of a stylistic approach to goaltending …

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Crashing the Crease: Trap Games

Hockey pundits will often discuss a phenomenon known as the “trap game.” In this case, “trap” isn’t referring to some boring neutral zone forecheck, but rather the entire game being a sort of trap. Generally, it refers to a matchup in which a team faces a weaker opponent in the midst of high-energy games. Contests like these are generally considered risky because in the midst of a series of emotional, high-energy or crucial division games, a team may underestimate a weak opponent, or simply not be as prepared for the matchup, and lose a game that probably should not have. …

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