NHL notes: Lucasfilm strikes back at Bryzgalov
|Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on during a stop in play against the Washington Capitals on February 27, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)
The Force is not strong with Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Philadelphia Flyers goalie’s new Star Wars-themed mask caught the attention of Lucasfilm Ltd., and the film company asked him to make some changes, according to The700Level.com.
The art on the headpiece features an orange-tinged Yoda – one of the films’ characters – holding a red-coloured lightsaber, a weapon used in the trilogy. Red lightsabers are normally associated with Stars Wars villains, so Lucasfilm contacted the Flyers and asked for a change.
“We didn’t realize we’d be offending anyone,” Franny Drummond, the mask’s artist, told the Philadelphia sports website Monday. “Yoda’s lightsaber was actually an orange-ish colour before we changed it. We were going for a hint of the Flyers’ colours in Yoda as well. There were no bad intentions. It was just a matching thing.”
The colour of the lightsaber has since changed to green and Yoda’s skin tone also changed to his natural green hue.
A pair of starting goalies could be out for the season and one of them is at risk of losing his job.
Florida Panthers netminder Jose Theodore will be out 5-6 weeks after he tore his groin in Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, his agent Don Meehan told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
With Theodore in the last year of his contract and with seven weeks left in the season – the Panthers are last in the Eastern Conference – his time with the club is likely over. Especially with highly-touted Florida goalie prospect Jakob Markstrom waiting in the wings.
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward is also on the shelf after tearing his MCL in Sunday’s game against the Panthers. He’ll miss the next 6-8 weeks and may not return until the playoffs. Carolina currently sits atop the Southeast Division.
Neither injury will require surgery to repair.
Harry Zolnierczyk doesn’t think much of the NHL’s disciplinary committee.
The Philadelphia Flyers forward had some harsh words Monday, one day after being suspended four games for a hit that concussed Ottawa Senators defenceman Mike Lundin.
“I’m kinda disgusted with the hearing there,” Zolnierczyk told CSNPhilly.com. “I just tried to deliver a hard hit and I apologized I got his head and that he was injured.
“I wish him the best. I hope he gets back soon.”