Bryz given a wakeup call? Who sayzzzzzzzz?
Because talk radio and reality rarely mix, several Flyers, their head coach and general manager had to be asked Wednesday whether Ilya Bryzgalov fell asleep in a team meeting Monday.
That was the reason, so the story goes, that Steve Mason started his first game as a Flyer in what was alleged to be a very important Tuesday night on Long Island, one that turned into a 4-1 loss.
A few players and their coach denied that the report of the sleepy Bryz, which came out on the Flyers' flagship station 97.5 The Fanatic Wednesday morning. Foremost in that mix was veteran Mike Knuble, who was apparently well versed on the rumor du jour, so he said this when asked if he ever saw people falling asleep in the meetings Peter Laviolette calls:
“Not unless they’re narcoleptic,” Knuble said with a half a grin. Noting there would be no time in that meeting to fall asleep, Knuble added, “You hardly even sat down. I don’t think your (butt) made your spot on the bench warm enough. I mean ... that’s silly, that’s asinine."
Knuble went on to describe the usual scene of a team meeting.
"You’re sitting in a bright room, in the middle of the day," he said. "It’s not like you’re locked into a film session for 45 minutes. Then I might see it. But not for half-a-cup of coffee meeting. Not even that.”
Others offering comments on this tabloid radio report:
Coach Peter Laviolette: "That’s completely incorrect."
Ruslan Fedotenko: "Who fell asleep?"
Wayne Simmonds: "I've heard no such thing. I did not see him sleeping in the team meeting."
And Kimmo Timonen: "No, that’s not true. I’ll tell you that on the record. And that’s it. If you want to ask more, you should ask Lavy (Peter Laviolette). It’s not my business to tell you what happened or didn’t happen. What a scoop."