Ilya Bryzgalov exercised his right to free speech today, something he didn’t do last night, because he was sick (or, my guess– wanted to watch the end of the World Junior Championships gold medal game between Sweden and Russia). Somewhere, Paul Holmgren is nodding in approval of these quotes, which – conveniently – were left out of the Flyers video of the press conference: [via Phillies beat writer Ryan Lawrence, who was covering some puck today]
"It’s a free country, right? You don’t want to break my constitutional rights. I have freedom to speak and freedom to be quiet.”
So what was wrong with him?
“It is a team policy, we not disclose any injuries, so… sickness.”
Speaking of that video, which you can watch after the jump, hysterics begin at the 20 second mark. Lawrence asked Bryz about getting into a rhythm… only Bryz didn’t understand the question the first two times it was asked, because Lawrence speaks too fast, apparently.
Bryz seems like a good guy, and he’s certainly a likable character, so it makes criticism of him tough. But thus far we’ve seen nothing but troubling signs, both in his play and psyche (or whatever word you choose to use). The term flake comes to mind.