It’s been a season to forget for the Philadephia Flyers and their fans and news today just got worse on the injury front. Flyers insider Anthony SanFilippo reports that defenseman Kimmo Timonen will miss the final few games for the Flyers with a compression fracture in his foot that needs 4-5 weeks of recovery time.
Of course Chris Pronger has missed the entire season with post-concussion syndromes that has his career in jeopardy. Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, and Bruno Gervais are also on the shelf with a variety of season-ending injuries.
For Flyers fans, the news of another injured blue liner is something they are used to by now. One thing they may not be used to is the never-ending circus that is netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
Known more for his headlines in the media this season than his on-ice play, that is subpar mind you, Bryzgalov was rumored to be on his way out of Philly this summer. The Flyers were rumored to be interested in buying out the whacky Russian goalie with one of their two compliance buyouts. But as Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports, Bryzgalov appears to have gotten a vote of confidence from Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren.
When LeBrun asked Holmgren if the club was considering buying out Bryzgalov, the GM replied swiftly “no.”
The speculation on the buyout picked up steam when the Flyers acquired netminder Steve Mason at this year’s trade deadline. But as Holmgren confirmed, the move was made to “strengthen the team’s position” between the pipes. Holmgren believes now that they have “good goaltending moving forward” with the combination of Bryzgalov and Mason. He added that “any talk of anything other than that is out of bounds.” – courtesy of ESPN.com (Insider subscription required)
Of course Holmgren could be calming the waters before the summer trade activity picks up and could do the opposite of what he tells the media. I’m sure for Flyers fans they’re hoping Bryzgalov is bought out as his time appears to have expired in Philadelphia due to both his career low numbers and the never ending feud with the media that gets tiresome rather quickly.