The Philadelphia Flyers had a disappointing season, and one player in particular took a majority of the blame for their season, Ilya Bryzgalov. In reality, the entire team from the front office down to the last player on the roster would tell you it had nothing to do with their goaltender. Claude Giroux actually pointed out that he was the team’s best player back in February.
That didn’t stop reporters from asking Bryzgalov some questions today, and in typical Bryzgalov fashion, he didn’t disappoint. Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post asked him about the media coverage this season.
“It’s just ridiculous. Just ridiculous. Sometimes you’re reading and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, who is this lunatic?’ What are they writing about. It was nothing close to the truth or close to related to hockey. You read this and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to deal with these people every day.’ I’ve said it before, guys. Before you’re writing something you’ve got to read what you’re writing. I’m two years here. I never saw it like good article with everything, like, ‘Flyers lose the game because this, this, this, this, this. They need to improve their game like this, this, this or this.’ I never. That’s what called professionalism. It’s like, ‘OK, this reporter knows hockey. He knows what he talking about.”
And about the blame he received for the season:
“Not anymore. Not anymore. You guys just here to blame someone. You never look yourselves in the mirror, eh? You’re always good. You never make the mistakes. Your articles are always perfect. In reality, what have you done for this city? If you ask yourself, what have you done besides only criticize? Not much.”
The Flyers still owe Bryzgalov $34.5 million over the next seven years, and has been mentioned as a possible amnesty candidate this off-season.