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Bryzgalov: If there’s a lockout, I’ll play in Russia

Jul 19, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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The last time Ilya Bryzgalov played in Russia, he was a 20-year-old suiting up for Lada Togliatti of the Super League.

Twelve years later, he might be going back.

Bryzgalov, now 32, told SovSport that if there’s a NHL work stoppage this fall, he’ll take his talents to the KHL.

From Puck Daddy:

SovSport: If there is a lockout, would all players go to Russia?

Bryzgalov: I will. But I wouldn’t talk for everyone. Some players like Switzerland, Germany…  I cannot make any decisions about the KHL myself until September 15. The lockout won’t be announced until that day. So I have a contract with Philadelphia.

It’s unclear which Russian team Bryzgalov would consider playing with. His former club, Togliatti, has since been relegated to the second division (VHL, or Russian Major League) and during the last lockout, he played with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Cincinnati.

  1. miketoasty - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I think he just wants to get as far away from Philadelphia as possible.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Smart idea… If he can’t play in the NHL, play in a league with nothing but O to help improve your play.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    At least he can blame his subpar performances on all that vodka.

  4. Eberwizzle - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Please STAY THERE!!!

  5. bobhpine - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Wherever he goes he still gets another 8 years of paychecks courtesy of the brilliant Paul Holmgren…dopes

  6. proudliberal85392 - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    As a diehard Coyotes fan, I can only say, buh bye.

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