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Hockey Hilarity: Bryzgalov and Oilers Shutout Predators and Why It Isn’t A Humongous Big Deal

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Yesterday, Ilya Bryzgalov (yes, that Ilya Bryzgalov), with the help of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team (yes, that Edmonton Oilers hockey team) recorded a shutout in his first start this season. What is hilarious about this is that people think this is a humongous big deal (yeah, I hate that stupid, cheap, annoying joke too). It’s not. Want to know why? The Oilers shutout the Nashville Predators. For the record, …

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Hockey Hilarity: That was Quick… And Easy

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! I think all of us can agree that Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings is a pretty good goaltender, maybe even one of the best ever when he’s on like he was in the 2011-2012 season where he won both the Conn Smythe award as the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs and a Stanley Cup. However, the guy is human. (really, I promise he is). …

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Saving Steve Mason

“No, it never does. I mean, these people somehow delude themselves into thinking it might, but… but it might work for us.” – Dr. Tobias Funke I’ve noticed a curious thing throughout the preseason and start of the regular season: people are going out of their way to defend Steve Mason. What is it about Steve Mason that elicits this reaction? He has one excellent year under his belt, followed by a whole boatload of meh. Mason won the Calder in his rookie season with a 2.29 GAA, .916 save percentage, and 10 shutouts in 61 games back in 2008-2009. …

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Emery comes back to Philly

The revolving door of Flyers goaltending is about to become a dead heat in a merry-go-round. Mere minutes after the unofficial onset of free agency, the club announced the signing of Ray Emery to a contract. He’ll challenge “incumbent” Steve Mason for the job next year, and both men combined have come cheaper than Ilya Bryzgalov’s singular cap hit in 2013-14. No terms were disclosed, but multiple reports state it is one year for $1.65 million. “I’m excited. it’s been a crazy couple days and I got excited when I knew this would be an option,” Emery said shortly after …

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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