During the HBO 24/7 television series detailing the lead-up to the Winter Classic two seasons ago, then-Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov expounded on the solar system, which produced a galaxy of laughs.
But in his new National Hockey League chapter here in Edmonton, nobody’s expecting the netminder to be out-of-this-world stopping pucks.
All he has to do is join Devan Dubnyk to forge a strong Edmonton Oilers tag-team.
Bryzgalov, who scored a $1-million signing bonus and will be making another $750,000 in salary, took to the Rexall Place ice his first practice with his new club Monday morning.
When he actually gets the net will be up to Dubnyk, the coaches and Bryzgalov. He will certainly not play against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at Rexall Place because Dubnyk has stopped 90 of his last 96 shots, and coach Dallas Eakins is like most coaches: He wants to ride a hot goalie.
When asked if this was a “second chance” after being bought out in Philadelphia — $2...