The Flyers decided to fire Peter Laviolette on Monday, three games into the NHL season. Three. That’s 3.65 percent of the season. In football, it’s the equivalent of firing a coach in the middle of the third quarter of the season-opening game.
As is the case most times when a coach is fired in the NHL, the general manager here appears to be far more deserving of being told to clean out his desk while security stands in his office, making sure nothing gets stolen or vandalized. Paul Holmgren, by any objective measure of judging a general manager, has been very bad at his job in recent years, and really should’ve been escorted out of Wells Fargo Center at the same time as Laviolette.
Trades. Free-agent signings. Assessing talent, his own and others. You name it, Holmgren has been hilariously bad at it, and it all seems to stem from the Flyers unbelievably fluky trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 after an 88-point regular season. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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Ilya Bryzgalov, as you all know, has a solid history of crazy quotes. 24/7 made him a “star” with his spiel on the universe (among other things), but really, he’s been eminently quotable since he’s been in the NHL.
Now, as a member of the KHL, he’s brought the crazy train out east.
He was recently removed from the roster of his Russian team before the Channel One Cup, the reason cited being injury, and not his .907 save percentage and numerous games spent riding pine.
Sports Express called Brygalov – the same paper that had previously made mention of Bryz’s love of space – to find out what the deal is. The exchange ended with Bryzgalov hanging up on them, but not until this exchange happened:
Why are not you on the team? You really have a health problem?
Sorry, but, unfortunately, I’m not ready to talk in detail with the press.
The thing is that now I am in the Mission Control Center, you wrote about in our last interview. Astronaut suit on me. And you will understand that it disturbs me to communicate.
Astronaut suit on him. Yep.
The Great Unknown might literally be the space between this guy’s ears.