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Quotable: Bob Feels for Bryz Because Philadelphia is a ‘Severe City’ for Goalies

Jul 3, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

There’s not a ton of context to these quotes that come courtesy of Russian hockey writer Igor Eronko on Twitter who spoke to former Flyer and best goalie in all the land, Sergei Bobrovsky, about Ilya Bryzgalov and his incredibly lucrative buyout, but they at least relay a bit of sympathy from one netminder to another.

Severer than a heart attack.

  1. Kevbo - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Based on Bob’s previous commentary in HBO’s 24/7 series, I’m suprised he can actually formulate any sentence more than six words.

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    • willh888 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      a lot of people care about the Flyers, therefore a lot of people speak up, therefore a lot of opinions vary, therefore a lot of things sound contradictory. I don’t ever remember being called severe, so that’s a first.

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      • willh888 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        woops, not meant to be a reply to you

    • Lol - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      I hear his Russian is pretty good.

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  2. Jason R. - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Were we hard on Bob? Was I the only one that loved him to death and thought he would be a cornerstone of our franchise? Wasn’t most if any criticism tempered with, “well he’s only a rookie”?

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    • Jason R. - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I mean, I *literally* named my cat after him.

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      • TartanSixNine - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        Sir Gay Bob Clawski?

    • arreitz6386 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      You certainly weren’t. I went out and got my Flyers Bob t-shirt a month or two into his rookie year and have worn it ever since. You’re definitely right that people were brutal to him, fans around me turned on him so quickly during that playoff series with the Sabres. But how stupid of me…all goalies take their teams to the Stanley Cup in their ROOKIE season.

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  3. jSams - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Nothing untrue in these statements. We are a hard city on goalies, even if he himself didn’t experience the heat.

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  4. hitnrun - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    He’s not wrong, though strangely I don’t see any connection between our famous bile and the Flyers generation-long goalie problem.

    I mean, relative to the other high-pressure positions in this town – coaches, quarterbacks, pitchers, defensemen – I’ve never noticed goalies as the recipient of a like level of vitriol. I think we bounce between our Vanbeisbroucks and Cechmaneks with relative grace. The only exception I can think of is Bryzgalov, whose contract and personality made him well-prepared lunchmeat for the media. Sure, there’s always a faction who thinks it’s time for the next goalie, but almost every goalie has a pretty strong cheering section among the fans that argue for the positive and potential right up until the guy gets the hook.

    I think the Flyers *organization* is…severe…with goalies. Which I guess amounts to the same thing.

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    • quinnso - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Spot on there hitnrun…spot on

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  5. Truthsayer - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    If “Media and Fans opinions weigh too much in Philly,” I wonder: As compared to who exactly? Whose opinions should weigh more: the players? Non-fans? Dogs and cats? This statement by Bob is just ridiculous. Listen, if you want the money, you gotta deal with the pressure. Do you think you’re entitled to get $5.9 Million a year for a walk in the park on a sunny day? Bob can take his shots from the safety of good ole Columbus, Ohio where they think icing is what goes on cakes.

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    • Lol - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      You answered your own question. There are plenty of teams with small media and fan bases. You can play in a Philly or Boston and be beloved or hated, or you can play in Arizona or Columbus and nobody knows who you are.

      I don’t think he’s slamming Flyer fans.

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    • neb - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      It’s the midwest, so I think most people call it frosting, actually.

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