Flyers Legend Bernie Parent Thinks Ilya Bryzgalov Will Come Around For The Flyers
Posted 11/15/2012 2:00:00 PM

Bernie Parent is something of a saint in this city as he backstopped the only two incarnations of the Flyers that were able to bring the Stanley Cup home to Philadelphia. He joined Tony Bruno and Jon Marks yesterday to promote his new book, Unmasked: Bernie Parent and the Broadstreet Bullies, but he invariably got into talking about the Flyers enigmatic starting goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov.

“In Phoenix the expectations weren’t the same,” said Parent, who won 232 games for the Flyers during his career. “You lose a game 4-2 in Phoenix and you had a great game, everybody’s happy.

“Here in Philly you have to win. He has a couple of things he has to adjust. He’s a smart kid, he doesn’t communicate sometimes properly with the language but he’s a very smart individual who will come around for us.”

Bryzgalaov is currently playing for CSKA Moscow in the KHL while waiting for the current NHL labor dispute to be settled. He had an up and down first season in Philadelphia in which he won 33 games and posted a 2.48 goals against average during the regular season but a 3.46 goals-against-average and an .887 save percentage in the playoffs.

He has also made some headlines in recent weeks due to his somewhat odd behavior:

It doesn’t look like the lock out will be ending anytime soon but when it does Bryzgalov will be subject to intense scrutiny. Goalie is probably the most important position in all of professional sports and definitely right up there with Eagles’ quarterback in Philadelphia. 

Posted By: John Lamb  

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