ON JAGR, BRYZGALOV AND RINALDO
One former player suggested jokingly that it was a veteran move by Jagr since the Flyers are headed to Winnipeg - an undesirable location.
But, in all seriousness, if it is a groin tweak, it shouldn't keep him out longer than that and he should rejoin the team Monday against the Hurricanes.
He did not travel with the team to Winnipeg, so he's out for Saturday's game.
As for Bryzgalov: good for him that he took the high road and didn't go off on his former teammates in return after they ripped him.
Our friends at BroadStreetHockey.com got a transcription of the interviews by Derek Morris and Adrian Aucoin about Ilya Bryzgalov.
However, I can tell you Bryzgalov was bothered by it. I spoke with him after the interview session along with a few other writers, and he was still shrugging it off, but you can tell it was bugging him too.
A lot of people came to his defense, including GM Paul Holmgren.
Q: A couple of the Phoenix players took some shots about Bryz; what kind of person he is, and the goal keeping he has been doing, do you feel like that is sort of like a low blow?
A: “We love Bryz. He’s a huge part of this team, and a great person. Whatever other people say, who cares?”
Q: He looked good tonight too, like he was himself and had that confidence, is that how you felt?
A: “Yeah, we never lose any faith in him. He’s our guy, and when we can play a full game and help him out, then we can be really good.”
As for Zac Rinaldo, he was given a penalty for "inciting" tonight. Never head of that before, but it's in the rule book under 75.4(iii).
Rinaldo, who is tied for the league lead in penalty minutes with Ottawa's Zenon Konopka, didn't react well to the call though: