Thursday, July 31, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Ovechkin: Bryz to Philly is "not very nice"

Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is busy spending his last days of summer in Moscow before heading back to North America for the start of another season.

Ovechkin: Bryz to Philly is "not very nice"

“It’s going to be more difficult to score against the Flyers now," Capitals´ Alex Ovechkin said. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)
“It’s going to be more difficult to score against the Flyers now," Capitals' Alex Ovechkin said. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)

Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is busy spending his last days of summer in Moscow before heading back to North America for the start of another season.

But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t kept up on the NHL’s summer happenings – particularly in net.

Ovechkin’s Capitals made the steal of the summer when they signed free agent Tomas Vokoun to a one-year deal worth just $1.5 million. Vokoun was the second-best available goaltender behind Ilya Bryzgalov, who signed here in Philadelphia for a full $49.5 million more.

(In fact, as our friends at BroadStreetHockey.com pointed out, Vokoun’s career even-strength save percentage is .919, just a shade lower than Bryzgalov’s .931)

More coverage
Video: Bryzgalov talks about joining the Flyers
 
Flyers preseason schedule
 
Flyers T-shirt: Fear the fist!
 
Buy Flyers gear
Latest Flyers videos

The Capitals then traded 23-year-old Semyon Varlamov, one of Ovechkin’s close friends, to Colorado in exchange for first and second round picks.

We reported in July that it very well could have been the Flyers and not the Capitals that sent their young Russian goalie to the Avalanche in order to restock their prospect cupboard.

Ovechkin said yesterday that “Our GM George McPhee did everything right.”

But that doesn’t mean Ovechkin thinks facing the Flyers will be any easier this season. In an interview with Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, Ovechkin sounded disappointed that Bryzgalov went to a conference rival.

“Yes, it’s not very nice,” Ovechkin said. “It’s going to be more difficult to score against the Flyers now.

“But I was shocked when the Flyers traded Jeff Carter and captain Mike Richards. And then Bryz came over. He came to a good team that plays tough, defensive hockey.”

Bryzgalov would have played in a charity game to support deaf and blind children in Moscow this week with Ovechkin and Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk if he was not already in Philadelphia preparing for training camp, which opens on Sept. 17 in Voorhees.

For the latest updates, follow Frank Seravalli on Twitter: @DNFlyers


Get exclusive videos and analysis in our Pro Hockey app for iPhone and Android. Download it here.

About this blog
Frequent Flyers is your home for news and analysis of all things orange and black. Reach Frank at seravaf@phillynews.com.

Frank Seravalli Daily News Sports Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected