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Ilya Bryzgalov might not bolt to KHL if there’s a lockout after all

Sep 5, 2012, 10:50 PM EST

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Earlier this summer, Ilya Bryzgalov seemed pretty confident that he’d play in the KHL if there was a lockout.

On second thought, he told CSNPhilly.com’s Lisa Hillary that it might not be such a sure thing.

“You know, it’s a tough decision,” Bryzgalov said. “Maybe we’ll return to Russia and find a school for the kids, I don’t know. Maybe we stay here. It’s a family decision. We’ve got to sit together and decide what we’re going to do.”

Breezy gives the impression that he won’t really make that call until the dreaded date of Sept. 15.

Sarah Baicker explains why it could be such a “tough family decision.”

Bryzgalov’s two children returned to school Wednesday morning: son Vladislav started first grade and daughter Valery entered third grade. Certainly, it would be less than ideal for the family to pick up and move to Russia in the middle of the two kids’ school years.

What will Bryzgalov do if he isn’t playing hockey?

Bryzgalov said he has “plenty of things to do,” including “having fun.”

(Hopefully while practicing tiger safety.)

  1. phillyphann83 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    He needs to practice stopping pucks if were gonna be better than last year because I for one don’t trust our D, even though our youngsters make the future bright.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Really don’t care where he plays. Hopefully Bryz can just work on the mental part of his game. The physical ability is there.

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