Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Philadelphia Flyers: Behind the scenes - Part 3

My photo, taken inside the Philadelphia Flyers' locker room on March 2, 2013.

I took this photo of Ilya Bryzgalov along with another of Brian Boucher in order to contrast the two goaltenders. 

"Bryz" remains uneasy in front of the media. He's clearly been coached on how to handle these moments and has taken a smart route so far this year. He's not offering bites to the hungry crowd and is purely focused on the team. 

In getting to know him up close, I can say that an English language barrier (as he is a native Russian speaker) does appear to affect his ability to understand what he hears and to communicate effectively. Bernie Parent, who I interviewed at length one-on-one a few years ago, experienced a similar situation during his career as a native French speaker. 

Feeling for someone who makes millions of dollars (as Brzygalov does) isn't something that hardened fans are open to. All fans aren't hardened, but a growing amount are and they aren't shy about saying so.

I like Bryzgalov's skill level and I think that he's trying his best to meet his media commitments this season. People who want him to be who he isn't are have been and remain out of line. How great it would be for him to skate with the Stanley Cup held over his head again someday (he won the Cup in Anaheim earlier in his career, while he was a backup) while wearing the Flyers' crest this time instead.
                                                                                                                                    My photo, taken inside the Philadelphia Flyers' locker room on March 2, 2013.

On the other hand, "Boosh" is well-known to the Flyers' faithful. An affable guy, who has had a serviceable NHL career, Boucher is playing in the twilight of his hockey years. 

He's exactly the type of person who will support Bryzgalov this season, while also offering a competent backup effort. He's a good guy who is the type of person who could spend the next part of his career somewhere within the Flyers' scouting department, their coaching staff, or in the front office.

Tomorrow: Behind the scenes with Claude Giroux. 
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