Now that Ilya Bryzgalov is no longer in the NHL, which means the cameras aren’t around to capture the magic that flies out of his mouth whenever he addresses the media.
So, like many retired players, the 37-year-old former goaltender of the Ducks, Coyotes, Flyers, Oilers, and Wild uses social media to stay connected with hockey fans on Twitter. There aren’t too many former NHLers that are better followers than “Bryz” and after Scott Foster’s unbelievable appearance as an emergency goaltender on Thursday night in Chicago for the Blackhawks, Bryz tweeted that his services are available if the Blackhawks need a spare ‘tendy.
Bryzgalov last suited up back in 2014-15 when he was on his second stint with the Ducks organization, and posted a 1-4-1 record with a 4.19 goals-average and an .847 save percentage.
This season, the Hawks have used six goaltenders: Corey Crawford, Anton Forsberg, Jeff Glass, J.F. Berube, Collin Delia, and Foster. While Bryz would be a little rusty in action, his career record 221-162-54 and .912 save percentage wouldn’t make it too farfetched of an idea after what the hockey world on Thursday night. After all, he has a little more experience than the day-time accountant and beer league 'tendy stepping in to stop seven shots against the Jets, who aren’t too shabby of a team at all, by the way.
This story keeps getting better and better.
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