It seems like a no-brainer, right? You don't sign a "franchise" goaltender to a nine-year, $51 million dollar deal for him to suit up and keep the bench warm, do you? But when one guy struggles it is only common sense to bring in another guy to try and remedy the situation. Unfortunately for the Flyers, that has happened all too often this season in net.
The pressure for any professional athlete has got to be immeasurable and no doubt hard to handle. Whenever you are cast in the spotlight, and paid the money to perform, you have to well...perform. The Philadelphia sports scene is definitely not Phoenix, and it is definitely not Anaheim. This is a hockey town, and we have a media who covers hockey like a hockey town media should.
This is by no means a pro media commentary because I have no doubt that some of the media poke and prod until they get that "headline" or "story" that sells.
It was very clear after a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday that Bryz has already grown sick of the media attention surrounding his up and down play so far this season.
Bryz, standing in the locker room post-game told reporters, "Leave me alone, just let me play hockey."
Despite his displeasure in the locker room Saturday Bryz was impressive between the pipes stopping 30 of 31 shots, and allowing one goal in his past two starts before the Flyers 6-5 loss the the Bruins Sunday night.
Bryz seems to be playing mad as evident of his "Just leave me alone" comments. It is a lack of confidence that has seemingly left him slow and soft between the pipes. To some the comments may have left you thinking, here we go, but for me I think the intensity and passion is a sign of good things to come for Bryzgalov. It means he is getting his confidence back, albeit in his own strange and peculiar way.
With only one more game before the All-Star break we are at the point in the season where every point is crucial. It is definitely a blessing in disquise to have two goal tenders playing well but undoubtedly Laviolette would love to have his $51 million dollar man playing at a high level for the stretch run.
Bob is playing well enough to garner more than just spot starts but in order for the Flyers to be successful the goalie drama has got to end. It has been the storybook of every Flyers season for too many years and a story we thought was put to end when the Flyers traded for Bryzgalov in the off-season.
Hopefully Bryz's backlash at the media is just what he needs to get his confidence back. If so, well I say keep it coming!