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Team Russia says “no” to Ilya Bryzgalov

May 9, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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The playoffs turned out to be a pretty rough time for Ilya Bryzgalov. He wasn’t exactly stellar in goal and his gaffe in Game 5 was the ultimate highlight (low-light?) for how bad things were for Philly in the second round.

With the playoffs over that usually means getting a call from your home country to play in the World Championships. As Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports, however, that invitation won’t be coming any time soon for Bryzgalov.

Chesnokov reports according to Vladislav Tretiak, Team Russia will be sticking by Semyon Varlamov and Konstantin Barulin at Worlds. It’s not a totally cold cut-off for Bryzgalov as they’ll at least give Bryzgalov a phone call to show him respect for their decision.

While we’re sure Bryzgalov would love to try and help Russia win gold at Worlds, after playing a full regular season and two rounds of playoffs, Bryzgalov could sure use a vacation. Let’s just hope he can steer clear of the woods where bears might be lurking to take him out.

  1. mydadyourmom - May 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    hahahaha. what a dud of a goalie, can’t even bump out the amazing Konstantin Barulin at the world’s. classic.

  2. dsd3 - May 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Asking him to come as a backup goalie would be more insulting. Talk about a non-story.

  3. sportsfreak13 - May 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Their roster has enough goal scorers.

  4. hiltonandastoria - May 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    But But But Homer (Should be GM of the Year Nominee) made him the highest paid goalie in the history of the game!!!

    • tfoz5150 - May 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      He was actually pretty good in the series. It was the rest of the team that was lacking.

  5. biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I would like to see him make the team and see if the blame mainly falls on him or was it the Flyers defense that made him look so bad.

  6. bobhpine - May 9, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Ouch…Konstantin Barulin > Breezy? My how the not so mighty have fallen

  7. Brian Donohue - May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I thought the Homer Simpson goal was hilarious, one of the funniest sports moments ever. What’s bad about making people laugh and bringing joy to the world in a sport that is otherwise nothing more dignified than a bunch of white boys pounding on each other’s faces?

  8. xxshookonexx - May 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Bet the Flyers wish they could do this

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