If Bryzgalov is bought out, Bernier and Luongo would be ideal replacements.

Crashing the Crease: Luongo, Bernier Ideal Options to Replace Bryz

With the Flyers’ season coming to a close soon, most of Philadelphia is looking to this offseason and wondering who will don the orange and black next season – and perhaps more importantly, who won’t. That Holmgren will use one compliance or “amnesty” buyout on Danny Briere’s $6.5 million cap hit is all but a foregone conclusion at this point, but the second big name being thrown about for a potential trip out of town is Ilya Bryzgalov.

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Crashing the Crease: Bryzgalov’s Duck

On Wednesday evening in Philadelphia, the Flyers were wrapping up an all-important home stand against the second-place Montreal Canadiens, and hoping to score two points to bolster their desperate late-season playoff push. With 4:17 remaining in the second period, Simon Gagne banged home a carom off the end boards to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead, and there was much rejoicing.

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Crashing the Crease: Bryzgalov Solid, Despite Record

With the NHL’s 2013 Season finally underway, Crashing the Crease will evaluate the Flyers’ goaltending performances every Thursday in order to answer the inevitable dilemma in Flyerdom: what is going on in net? Week one has seen Ilya Bryzgalov play all three games of the Flyers’ 0-3 start, and the questions are already flying about just what is wrong with this team. For many, as is so often the story in Philadelphia, the finger pointing begins and ends with the goaltender. But is that fair? The easy answer would be to look at Bryzgalov’s stat line from the 3-1, 5-2, …

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 …