Flyers React To 24/7 Debut

16 Dec

VOORHEES, N.J. — We learned that Kevin Marshall has dance moves and Ilya Bryzgalov is a philosopher. We learned that Peter Laviolette has more of a foul mouth than he lets on and that Jaromir Jagr’s heart clamored for Philadelphia.

But most of the Flyers didn’t get to experience the first episode of HBO’s “24/7” live on Wednesday night.

“No, I didn’t see it,” said Ilya Bryzgalov. “Guys are making fun of me a little bit.”

The source of the ribbing is Bryzgalov’s diatribe on the universe. Apparently while in the crease, Bryzgalov’s mind has wandered to the scope of our problems on Earth in the “humongous big” solar system.

Bryzgalov was asked to elaborate on his theories of the universe, but understandably had better things to do. The goalie made an appearance at Virtua Voorhees to visit with patients in the hospital and spread some holiday cheer.

“It’s long conversation,” said Bryzgalov. “Buy DVD on universe on History Channel. Maybe you’ll find something.”

Bryzgalov’s expertise also extended to Russian liquor. When he first came to Philadelphia, he said in his introductory press conference that he stopped drinking at age 17, but seemed to know about a rare bottle of booze.

“Oh, I have nothing to do with it,” said Bryzgalov. “You have to talk to [Jim McCrossin]. Some Russian guy presented him with bottle. It’s actually good stuff. You can buy it. … I like to learn some things. I like to dig deep.”

Maybe he should write a book.

“Maybe some people write book about me.”

Well, fair enough.

One of the other stars was Marshall, who showed some dance moves for the second time this season. With the Adirondack Phantoms, he took part in a music video for 80s night with a few teammates. His dance moves got called up to the majors with his defensive play and it found him starring in “24/7” as the team enjoyed their victory song.

“I got some message from old guys that I played with in junior and they were saying I got some good memories from that dance,” said Marshall. “I guess I’ve been pretty much like that my whole hockey career. I like to win, and when I do, I just let it go. It’s fun.”

But he’ll keep his day job for now. No calls from Dancing With The Stars just yet.

“Not yet,” said Marshall. “We’ll see. I’ll check my cell phone. Maybe I’ve got some voicemail.”

Practice Notes

The Flyers held an optional skate on Friday as many members of the team went to Virtua Voorhees to visit with patients, hand out Flyers goodie bags and spread holiday cheer. Despite the voluntary nature, many Flyers took part. Braydon Coburn, Matt Read, Tom Sestito, Kevin Marshall, Matt Walker, Zac Rinaldo, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jody Shelley, Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek, Harry Zolnierczyk, James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky all skated.

Brayden Schenn did not skate, even though he did on Wednesday with the team. He is still dealing with concussion symptoms. Andreas Lilja is coming along, though. He was loaned to the Adirondack Phantoms on a conditioning assignment.

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