Lets Get Weird: Flyers Refute Report of Ilya Bryzgalov Sleeping in Team Meeting

Lets Get Weird: Flyers Refute Report of Ilya Bryzgalov Sleeping in Team Meeting

As the playoffs continue to slip through their fingers, and
speculation swirls around the future of Ilya Bryzgalov, I suppose it’s only
natural for the witch hunt to intensify.

Sure enough a report has emerged that the Flyers’ goaltender
was benched for their game against the Islanders, and not because he was due
for a break after making 22 consecutive starts, not even because the team
wanted to get a look at Steve Mason. Allegedly it was because Bryz was caught
snoozing during a meeting.

The report originated on 97.5 The Fanatic, but several of
Bryzgalov’s teammates swiftly and adamantly refuted the story while meeting
with the media on Wednesday, including Mike Knuble who described the rumor as “asinine.”
Head coach Peter Laviolette denied as well.

The news comes amid a period in the season when everybody is
still trying to attach the specific significance to Mason’s arrival. There is
widespread belief it was a sign that a buyout could be coming for Bryz in the
offseason, while some believe Mason getting the call against the Islanders on
Tuesday was the newcomer’s big audition.

Bryzgalov spoke to reporters prior to last night’s loss about
the possibility the Flyers would seek amnesty on the rest of his nine-year, $51
million contract, but did not come off as hostile. He suggested that it’s not
necessarily what he wants, but those decisions are out of his control according
to Randy Miller’s story for the Courier-Post.

“You know, I have no control in
this,” he said. “I can’t read the people’s mind. I can’t project things what
they’re thinking, that’s why I’m not worried about things I can’t control. I
maybe want one thing and they want a different thing.”

Miller’s story is worth a read, as Bryz also touches on his
awful statistics, how his body is holding up after playing so many
games in a row, and even specifically the arrival of Mason. From what I
gathered reading it, Bryzgalov seems like a man determined to stand above the
fray, although it obviously hasn’t prevented some people from trying to drag
him down.

>> Kimmo: Bryz (BryZZZZ?) was not sleeping [Broad St. Bull]
>> Bryzgalov on potential buyout: 'To be honest, I don't care' [Courier-Post]

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Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).

While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.

The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview


Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.