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Oh Hey, Sergei Bobrovsky Has an Opinion on Philly

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 9.47.26 AMHere’s how I imagine Sergei Bobrovsky feeling about Philly: People Philly are greats. They make my name a chant, from movie “Bob What About.” They organization fly me to Canada for rendezvous with wife intend Olga who is not permit in USA. And they do me favor to ship me out behind another Russian, who make too much cash. I win trophy. Thank you, Flyers, for doing me unnecessary favor.

Instead, Sergei Bobrovsky had this to say about Philly when asked about Ilya Bryzgalov during his press conference this morning to announce his two-year deal with Columbus:

“Philly is a severe city for the goalies. Bryz was under pressure and I fully understand him. Medias’ and fans’ opinions weigh too much in Philly. Sometimes those are contradictory.”

Yes, sometimes those are contradictory. But Bob was treated quite well here, by both fans and media. Though he usually relied on his English struggles to avoid the likes of sexy Rob Parent and Randy Miller.

Anyway, he’s a Vezina winner, and perhaps more impressively, he understands Bryz.

 

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Tim Panaccio Thinks the Flyers are Better Off Having Traded Their Homegrown Vezina Winner

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 4.46.44 PMI have no idea what sort of logic Tim Panaccio was using when he wrote this:

Anyone who watched the Flyers when Bob was playing behind Ilya Bryzgalov knows that he simply wasn’t a good fit as Bryz’s backup.

It was an untenable situation for him, bad for his development and anything but ideal for the Flyers.

In 2011-12, as Bryz’s backup, Bobrovsky had a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage. He was rather unhappy here, though he worked his tail off and never complained.

For his own good, Bobrovsky, now 24, had to be moved so he could grow into a No. 1 and his destination was Columbus, who acquired him in exchange for three draft picks.

Bobrovsky’s emergence led to Steve Mason’s exile in Columbus and his eventual trade to the Flyers.

Essentially, the Flyers and Blue Jackets exchanged backup goalies and the way I see it, both teams are the better for it and both have already benefited.

Right now, Flyers fans seem rather pumped over Mason and what he might do for this club this coming fall. Truthfully, Mason has a much better chance to make an impact here – even if Bryz remains -  than Bobrovsky would have.

My head hurts. That logic essentially goes like this: Bob’s growth was stunted playing behind Bryz (agreed), but trading him to Columbus and getting Columbus’ backup goaltender, Mason, who has an even longer history of not having success in the league, was the right move because now Bryz will likely be gone and Mason can blossom by becoming the number one guy, a role in which he failed miserably before, but perhaps he, too, will one day have as good of a season as Bob just had.

Fuck. You’d think Panaccio and Paul Holmgren get their paychecks from the same place or something. And you’d think I write run-on sentences.

I truly don’t understand the people who aren’t enraged by the Flyers trading away a homegrown Vezina winner. Yes, he needed to play more and wouldn’t have had the same sort of success this year in Philly. But the Flyers knew about his ability–it was obvious to anyone watching that he had a top-notch skill set. It pisses me off even more to learn that Peter Laviolette knew that:

“I didn’t know a lot about Sergei before we acquired him,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards told the Columbus Dispatch. “But after the trade was out at the draft, [Flyers coach] Peter Laviolette tapped me on the shoulder and wanted to talk.

“He just went on about Sergei Bobrovsky: ‘You’re going to love this guy. He competes. He works. He’ll help drive your team. He’s a great kid.’ That got me excited, and he was absolutely right on all of it.”

And it’s not like Bryz was a world-beater his first year here– again, it was obvious that he could be a total bust, and there’s no doubt that the Flyers knew CBA negotiations could eventually yield an amnesty clause or two. Why not keep Bob around for another year? This isn’t charity, the Flyers had no obligation to do Bob a favor, and judging by the fact that they re-signed BRIAN BOUCHER as a backup, there weren’t any better options to play behind Bryz (which can’t possibly be a safe place if you’re not wearing a cup and a mask). But no, they traded Bob, drafted a guy, Anthony Stolarz, who will maybe – but probably not – pan out, and then traded for Bob’s backup. HOW IS ANY OF THIS ACCEPTABLE? It’s the GM’s (and coach’s and that awful goalie coach’s) job to recognize what they have. Saying “no one knew Bobrovsky would be that good” is simply making an excuse for the team. IT’S THEIR JOB TO KNOW THOSE SORT OF THINGS, and when they swing and a miss – wildly – they’re at fault. There’s no way around that.

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Sergei Bobrovsky is Probably Going to Win the Vezina Trophy

The league named Vezina finalists today:

There’s a decidedly European feel to this year’s Vezina Trophy candidates.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue JacketsHenrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks have been named finalists for the 2013 Vezina Trophy, awarded annually “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as voted by the general managers of the 30 NHL clubs.

Just a reminder that last summer the Flyers traded the prohibitive favorite to win the award for best goaltender in the league. Panic and carry on.

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Report: Flyers Listening To Columbus Regarding A Deal For Rick Nash

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We talked about the Flyers possibly acquiring Rick Nash on CB Radio and said that it was a long shot, but we also know there are many ways to win in the NHL.

With the Flyers sturggling on defense, giving up young pieces for Nash will make a lot of people scratch their head.

According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, the Flyers are listening to Columbus, and they want some young guns.

As for the asking price for a player of  Nash’s caliber? Probably Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn.
 
But … it may be something else. It may be James van Riemsdyk, another player, plus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Or a high draft pick besides a player.

 

The Blue Jackets have two scouts at today's game against the Penguins, and neither are there to watch the Penguins.

Rick Nash is a star, but giving up Schenn and Couturier certainly seems like a reactionary move. They have a ton of upside. Giving up on them now may be something they regret down the road.

With that said, if I'm going to give up two young players with that kind of talent, I want a player like Rick Nash in return. A line with Claude Giroux and Rick Nash sounds flat-out dangerous. Oh my.

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