Philadelphia's goalie coach, Jeff Reese is back at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Vorhees, NJ after a summer he's described as "too long."
"I'm ready to get back at it," he says.
Jeff chewed the fat about spending time fishing in the Florida seas and catching stingrays, but is eager to put the vacation to bed. Though he had some nice things to say about Sergei Bobrovsky, and how he's looking forward to working with netminding newcomer Jason Bacashihua, it's his opinion of Ilya Bryzgalov that stokes my biggest interest --
"We certainly hit it off. He’s got a sense of humor but what I noticed about him is that he’s very intelligent. When we really got down to it and talking about the game itself he reminds me of [Nikolai] Khabibulin as far as intelligence goes.
"I was fortunate enough to win a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay with a Russian goalie in Nikolai Khabibulin, so it would be nice to do it again… and with two [Russians] of them in net.”
Let's hope Bryz brings with him the success of 2004 Khabibulin, minus the 2010 car swirving and prison jumpsuit.
I raised an eyebrow after Reese said Bryzgalov is not, "going to let things bother him. He’s going to be able to put things aside and just go out and play."
Things? If by "things" you mean one of the scariest, high-pressure administering home crowds in the league, then yes, I hope he's able to set things aside and just play. Bryzgalov knows the expectations he's got weighing on his performance here in Philly. Last thing any fan wants is for that to chew away at his confidence after a bad outing. Considering Jeff Reese is one of the best goalie coaches in the game, I'm sure he's ready to aid Ilya through that.
"[Bryzgalov] He’s a very dedicated guy. He’s coming in here and he knows what he’s getting into. He’s coming here with full intentions of winning the Stanley Cup. That’s his goal and that’s exciting for the Philadelphia Flyers," Reese told the press.