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Can Shea Weber help Bryzgalov?

Even with an improved defense, Flyers G remains a question mark

Originally Published: July 23, 2012
By Neil Greenberg | Special to ESPN Insider

Fresh off the heels of losing unrestricted free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter to the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators also could lose restricted free agent Shea Weber, their other premier defender, to Philadelphia after he signed the Flyers' $110 million, 14-year offer sheet.

That sounds like good news for Ilya Bryzgalov, who after signing a nine-year, $51 million contract last offseason was not only benched for the 2012 Winter Classic due to inconsistent play, but he was terrible in the playoffs this past spring, posting a woeful .887 save percentage and 3.46 GAA.

"What I lived through this season I wouldn't wish to an enemy," Bryzgalov told a reporter from Sovetsky Sport, a Russian daily newspaper, after the Flyers' elimination in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But can Weber, a three-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy finalist, help return Bryzgalov to at least an average level of performance? Could anyone?

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