The Flyers have made some major trades in recent years - dealing Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk, among others - but a less talked-about move may come back to haunt them.
When general manager Paul Holmgren sent backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus for three draft picks last June, not many eyebrows were raised. Bobrovsky had seen little time behind Ilya Bryzgalov.
But with the strike-shortened season more than halfway over, Bobrovsky has emerged as the NHL’s hottest goaltender.
On Monday, the 24-year-old Russian was named the league’s top star of the week after going 4-0 with a 0.77 goals-against average and .972 save percentage.
The Flyers received second- (promising goalie Anthony Stolarz) and fourth-round (left winger Taylor Leier) draft selections last June for Bobrovsky. They also acquired a fourth-rounder in the 2013 draft.
Bobrovsky, known for his quick post-to-post moves, has an 8-6-3 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Bryzgalov, 32, is 12-11-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.
Bobrovsky has stopped five of six shots in shootouts this season, while Bryzgalov has no saves in two shootout attempts.
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I have to be inclined to agree with him, though. Bob is doing great.