There is an optimist within me that wants to give Bryzgalov the benefit of the doubt, and I pray to god that he improves greatly. But if he improves to the extent that he's capable of leading a team to a Stanley Cup victory, honestly, that would be a miracle.
We've seen Bryz play at a high level, yes, but even when he is playing well, he lets in horrible goals, is often very unattentive, is very slow moving side to side and looks extremely awkward playing the puck. Goaltending is a position where confidence makes an extreme difference, but you have to wonder if Bryz has the mental fortitude to handle the pressure of playing in the Stanley Cup final, now that he completely trashed the 2011-2012 season and his reputation in Philadelphia.
Bryz is not a normal athlete with a normal professional athlete's attitude. Seeing Bryz face the media every game made me sad to be a Flyers fan. He needs to sack up and not act like a child in front of the media and give some semblance of resolve and prove he's not as mentally fragile as I believe him to be.
bryzgalov is a really good goalie that had a rough year adjusting to a new team that lost one of the best defenseman in NHL history. I don't think you've seen enough of him in the past. He could win us a cup but he needs to get his confidence back. most really good goalies have it rough from time to time, in fact last year miller sucked and fleury hit a wall down the stretch and they didn't have to deal with the pressure of a new contract, in a new city, on an injury plagued team that got rid of most of its experienced defensive players. don't over simplify things by blaming the easiest guy to blame. if you watch a lot of hockey then you know its not that simple. theres already enough guys doin that on here.
If Prongs does a miracle on 7th avenue and comes back, then perhaps this team would give 2010 a run for its money.
Until we get a #1 D...perhaps even a goalie....not even close.
-Meszaros is healthy.
-Coburn is quietly progressing into a great defenseman.
-Grossmann is not on one leg like last postseason.
-Timonen does not regress but stagnates at his upper level self even if he's not the same.
-LSchenn is about ready to breakout sort of like Coburn a number of years ago, and the new environment helps him.
-Can Gustafsson play like he did in the postseason, aka not like he's 5'2, and replace Carle?
-How is Bourdon's concussion, and can he replace Meszaros should we opt to move Meszaros?
-How quickly is Manning progressing because the "fingers-crossed" mentality around here seems that he could be ready very soon?
That's just the defense. The offense has its own disaster to sort out.