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Laviolette Under Pressure to Change the System?
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01-16-2013, 03:37 PM
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I love how everyone is crapping on Bryzgalov. The man had a bad year. And even then, it wasn't a bad year as much as it was a bad first half. Once again, the second half numbers: 18-8-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .946Pct. Excellent stats. He played in the first round with a bum foot and was great against New Jersey when the rest of the team didn't show up. Ridiculous how much crap Bryzgalov gets on here. The Flyers had a good goaltender in Martin Biron before everyone ran him out of town. Now we're seeing the same thing with Bryzgalov. No wonder why goalies don't last long around here. You don't come up with a shutout every game and you're garbage. Even a guy like Martin Brodeur or Patrick Roy couldn't survive in this environment.......
I seem to recall Bryz admitting that he pretty much stunk last season and he thanked his critics for it so it's not some contrived abberation from unreasonable fans who want to lynch Bryz although those people exist but are far from the norm despite the red herring perception that it is the rule versus the exception to the rule...
Biron didn't last b/c he was a fringe starter which he continued to prove upon leaving here.
I'm also quite sure Brodeur and Roy would not be run out of this town..the reason we haven't had a chance to is b/c our management has no clue how to draft, develop, trade for or sign a legit number 1 goalie. This goes back to Clarke who I recall vividly saying that Roy was washed up and a head case when he had that tiff with Montreal that eventually got him traded to Colorado which went on to win the Silverware. It is still etched in my brain and I can assure you it's not something I'm making up to besmirch Clarke...far from it. Just pointing out that we have a poor track record with goalies and it starts from the top. Chechmanek was the only thing decent we had for a while there and of course we couldn't support him with any offense b/c we had Hitchcock and his system that stifled the offense aspect. Ironic considering Lavi and the arguments against him. We seem to have no balance when it comes to coaches, goalies and D men...always vacillating and always comparing ourselves to the last team to win the cup. Meanwhile teams like NJ stick to a system and identity and they have had more success bringing home championships....ridik!
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