Sergei Bobrovsky spent one season with Ilya Bryzgalov in Philadelphia, which was apparently enough time to understand him -- even if the fans couldn't accomplish the same in two seasons.
Bobrovsky, the 2013 Vezina award winner, agreed to a two-year, $11.25 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this week.
And on Thursday, at a press conference announcing the deal, Bobrovsky addressed his former teammate's buyout. It's unclear what Bobrovsky was asked specifically, but these quotes come courtesy Sports.ru's Igor Eronko on Twitter:
Sergei Bobrovsky on Bryzgalov’s contract BO: ‘Philly is a severe city for the goalies. Bryz was under pressure and i fully understand him’— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) July 3, 2013
Bobrovsky played 54 games for the Flyers as a rookie, posting a 2.59 GAA and .915 save percentage, one season before the Flyers signed Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal. Bobrovsky languished on the bench as Bryzgalov's backup the following year and was traded during the 2012 offseason for draft picks.
Bobrovsky finished this season with a 2.00 GAA, a .932 save percentage and the Vezina. Bryzgalov meanwhile, will be paid the remainder of his contract with the Flyers over the next 14 years.