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08:54 AM ET 12.30 | Did Sergei Bobrovsky earn the Winter Classic start with his win Thursday night for Peter Laviolette? In other words, will Laviolette have a difficult time selecting a goalie for Monday's Winter Classic against the New York Rangers? "What a big win [Thursday]," Laviolette said, sidestepping the question with a smirk. "Let's stick to tonight right now. I mean, I'm not even out of the building." Bobrovsky continued to look like the team's best goalie, winning for the fifth time in his last six appearances. For the season, Bobrovsky is 8-2-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. ... Starter Ilya Bryzgalov, who has lost four straight, is 14-8-3 with a 3.01 GAA and .890 save percentage.

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December 30, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Gotta give the start to Bob. Ilya hasn't looked hungry for awhile now. Maybe riding the pine for a week or two will light a fire under his ****. At this rate anyway, we won't have to worry about Bobrovsky being the highest paid back-up anymore. Soon that might be Bryz as silly as that sounds.

December 30, 2011  09:23 AM ET
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Gotta give the start to Bob. Ilya hasn't looked hungry for awhile now. Maybe riding the pine for a week or two will light a fire under his ****. At this rate anyway, we won't have to worry about Bobrovsky being the highest paid back-up anymore. Soon that might be Bryz as silly as that sounds.

Ilya is too distracted by the cameras. Bob has been stellar, gotta keep him in there and roll with the hot hand.

December 30, 2011  09:33 AM ET

The problem with the article is the perspective. Having a goalie with a .913 and a 2.52 isn't a dilemma, it's a good thing.

The dilemma is how to get the other one playing to his potential. I say it's time to bench him. The reason there's this goalie mystique in Philly for the last forever is because we let it happen by making dumb **** decisions. When the whole point is to win, you play the guys that give you the best chance to win, not the guys that make the most money. In theory they're supposed to be the same guys, but that aint always the case.

December 30, 2011  09:40 AM ET
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Gotta give the start to Bob. Ilya hasn't looked hungry for awhile now. Maybe riding the pine for a week or two will light a fire under his ****. At this rate anyway, we won't have to worry about Bobrovsky being the highest paid back-up anymore. Soon that might be Bryz as silly as that sounds.

I agree with you. Bobky made some pretty good saves. Looked like he got hand cuffed or the puck might have deflected on the Kennedy goal.

Well they booed Jagr and gave Talbot a nice ovation after showing some highlights of his career with the Pens on the Jumbotron. I don't think there is any hard feelings about Talbot leaving.

December 30, 2011  09:43 AM ET

It will show during the playoffs, but the length of Bryz's contract was strange because Bob seemed to be the goalie of the future.

December 30, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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It will show during the playoffs, but the length of Bryz's contract was strange because Bob seemed to be the goalie of the future.

This right here. In the off season i had said i prefered we go after Bryz because i figured one good russian goal tender might be able to help mentor another young russian goaltender.

Now my biggest fear is that we're going to end up trading Bob at the dealine in a package for a D-man to make up for the loss of Pronger and goaltending curse in Philly will be perpetuated for another decade.

December 30, 2011  10:30 AM ET
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This right here. In the off season i had said i prefered we go after Bryz because i figured one good russian goal tender might be able to help mentor another young russian goaltender.Now my biggest fear is that we're going to end up trading Bob at the dealine in a package for a D-man to make up for the loss of Pronger and goaltending curse in Philly will be perpetuated for another decade.

As a Penguin fan I can only say: God, I hope so.

December 30, 2011  10:50 AM ET
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As a Penguin fan I can only say: God, I hope so.

I understand your sentiment. Bob really likes your new arena.

December 30, 2011  10:54 AM ET

dilemma? More like De Lemon.

December 30, 2011  11:41 AM ET

Hopefully he gets the start. Bryz just looks so awkward, he doesn't move from side to side very well and he has zero confidence. Bobs leaves the top of the net open too often, but he quick as hell and seems to be playing like he wants to steal the starting position. Give the kid a chance to prove himself. I know Bryz is getting paid too much to sit on the bench, but I can hope!

December 30, 2011  11:43 AM ET

Ilya Bryzgalov is the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers. There is no goalie controversy here.

December 30, 2011  11:53 AM ET
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Ilya Bryzgalov is the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers. There is no goalie controversy here.

That kind of thinking is why there is always a goalie controversy. Money doesn't trump common sense. Well, it does, but it shouldn't.

December 30, 2011  12:00 PM ET
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That kind of thinking is why there is always a goalie controversy. Money doesn't trump common sense. Well, it does, but it shouldn't.

Exactly. You'd still be paying both players the same amount, so why does it matter who starts? It's not like the money changes once you put him on the bench. Bobs is obviously the better goalie right now, so why not give your team the best chance to win.

December 30, 2011  12:08 PM ET
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The problem with the article is the perspective. Having a goalie with a .913 and a 2.52 isn't a dilemma, it's a good thing.The dilemma is how to get the other one playing to his potential. I say it's time to bench him. The reason there's this goalie mystique in Philly for the last forever is because we let it happen by making dumb **** decisions. When the whole point is to win, you play the guys that give you the best chance to win, not the guys that make the most money. In theory they're supposed to be the same guys, but that aint always the case.

Agree. Roll with the hot one

December 30, 2011  12:38 PM ET
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Agree. Roll with the hot one

Always the right choice.

December 30, 2011  12:39 PM ET

I never understood why Holmgren felt the need to go after a goalie in the offseason. It seemed pretty clear that Bob was a pretty good goalie and he is proving it this year. The money spent on Bryz could have been spent on other needs. Having Bryz to mentor Bob seemed like a good idea, but the length of the contract was ridiculous. Go with Bob for as long as he is playing well.

December 30, 2011  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This right here. In the off season i had said i prefered we go after Bryz because i figured one good russian goal tender might be able to help mentor another young russian goaltender.Now my biggest fear is that we're going to end up trading Bob at the dealine in a package for a D-man to make up for the loss of Pronger and goaltending curse in Philly will be perpetuated for another decade.

thats a valid worry. Philly doesn't want to get stuck in the same position as the canucks with goaltending.

December 30, 2011  12:47 PM ET
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I never understood why Holmgren felt the need to go after a goalie in the offseason. It seemed pretty clear that Bob was a pretty good goalie and he is proving it this year. The money spent on Bryz could have been spent on other needs. Having Bryz to mentor Bob seemed like a good idea, but the length of the contract was ridiculous. Go with Bob for as long as he is playing well.

I agree here Phantom.....after the early June announcements I thought o.k. now we are in trouble because Homer has some Cap space and a shopping list.

I did attend a few Flyers games last year and got lucky to see Bob a few times. I was impressed....he showed alot of bright spots I thought.

Shocked the **** outta me with the pursuit of Bryz; and the huge contract.....but hey who am I to speak .....<insert Sather comment here>

 
December 30, 2011  12:48 PM ET

You still got a stable full of talent.....hopefully Homer pulls nothing drastic in search of support at the Blue line....

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