Found October 16, 2011 on
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic, An interesting conversation occurred in Detroit last spring a few hours before the Coyotes met the Red Wings in the first game of the playoffs - not long after media reports from Canada had coach Dave Tippett’s team almost packed and ready to move.
Into the coaches’ office walked goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, the player first and foremost who had to keep a clear mind on the task at hand.
“(Bryzgalov) walked in the coaches’ dressing room about two and a-half before the first playoff game and said, ‘What’s up, coach? We moving?’ and that turned into a big distraction,” Tippett said.
“In the end, something that was thrown out there by the media, but like I said last year, it was interesting how it comes out two and a half before the first playoff game.”
His response to Bryzgalov: “Bryz, think about the game.”
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