You've probably already seen the story over at Puck Daddy today -- and if you haven't, be sure to check Dmitry Chesnokov's translation of a SovSport interview with Sergei Bobrovsky. Bob talks about a lot in the story, but to me, it's really mostly what you'd expect from the mild mannered Russian goalie if you listened to what he had to say at all last year.
A lot of "good soldier" type talk, even in light of the signing of Ilya Bryzgalov. Things like "I like everything in Philadelphia. I want to compete for a roster spot, to play for the Stanley Cup with the guys. We have an ambitious club." He wants to play even though Bryzgalov is in goal. He wants to stay in Philadelphia. This isn't surprising, nor is it illuminating or anything else. It's a hockey player that wants to play hockey.
That's not to say the interview was useless, though. (We wouldn't link it if it were useless.) The best quote on the entire Bryzgalov issue was "A contract is not playing, a person is." And that's pretty awesome. He also basically admitted that he got married last month because his girlfriend couldn't enter the United States during the season last year, and the marriage obviously helps with the whole visa thing. Bob said that he's coming back to Philadelphia on Thursday and that he's coming with "a different mood."
But no quote stood out as much as this one, at least in my opinion:
The fact that you deflated in the second half of last season - is it connected to the fact that you "had had too much hockey?"
I think so. It turned out that by November I had been playing hockey for five months. And then the rollercoaster started: up and down. But I am not going to look for excuses for my shortcomings. This is my life and I set up the preparations myself. And I alone am responsible. I simply came to some conclusions and this summer I decided to make some changes.
This was our big fear last year -- that Bobrovsky, the goalie who had never played more than 35 games in a year, was going to be thrust into a role where he would be overworked. He played 60 games last season when all was said and done, and he basically admits here that he played too much.
He's not going to blame anybody else other than himself, but is it safe to say the coaching staff deserves some of the blame here? Were they in a position to do anything but play Bob as much as they did?