Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/12/14

A major question facing the Philadelphia Flyers coming into this shortened season was how Ilya Bryzgalov would play. After all, the Flyers have the ability now to buyout 2 contracts that weigh them down and could affect their salary cap compliance. Many fans speculated that the target of one of those buyouts would be Bryz. He signed a 9 year $51 million deal to finally end the Flyers goaltending carousel. While there were stretches last season where he was excellent, there were many other occasions where he was disappointing. After the Flyers got off to an 0-3 start, there was even more talk. But Bryzgalov wasn’t the issue for the Flyers. In fact, Bryzgalov has played really well so far this season. The guy who appeared to struggle handling the puck, squaring up the shooter and undoubtedly handling the Philadelphia media and fans last year, has looked like a different player thus far. Many NHL pundits believed that with Bryz’s first year out of the way, there was nowhere for him to go but up. His start in the KHL during the lockout didn’t do much to instill confidence. However, after last night’s 7-1 destruction of the Florida Panthers during which Bryz was stellar and stopped 30 shots. He stopped everything thrown at him except for a break away from Florida’s Peter Mueller. Bryzgalov is now 2-3 with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage. With the Flyers offense seemingly coming to life now, things could be coming together for the team. But it has all started with some excellent goaltending from everyone’s favorite target. The Flyers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning today at 6. Bryzgalov may sit for the fist time this season because of the back to back games. It won’t be because of poor play. Similar Posts: Bryzgalov a likely candidate for Flyers buyout Flyers beat Rangers; lose Meszaros; add Knuble Claude Giroux Officially Named Flyers 19th Captain The state of Philly Sports Christmas morning: Phillies, Flyers, Sixers and Eagles Flyers Odds and Ends – Showdown with Pens, Briere’s wrist, G for Captain?

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Trading up for QB in first round is a risky proposition

Madison Bumgarner rips Max Scherzer over thoughts on DH

Hamilton: Angels knew what the risks were with signing me

MLB could move Orioles’ home games to another city

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

J.R. Smith suspended two games for hitting Jae Crowder

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Kevin Love not expected to be available next series

Titans have reportedly been 'all over' Marcus Mariota

Report: Browns talked with Redskins about trading up

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers in film room after blowout loss

Orioles VP reacts to Baltimore protests with passionate tweets

Should the Warriors be worried about extended rest?

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hamilton: Angels knew the risks

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

MLB could move Orioles’ home games

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.