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Eakins wants Bryzgalov to watch his body language

Jan 2, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov has a long history of giving unusual quotes, to the point where it rubbed Flyers GM Paul Holmgren the wrong way long before he was bought out. That issue hasn’t come up since he moved to Edmonton, but lately his reactions to conceded goals is drawing some unwanted attention.

The first incident occurred during Saturday’s game when his former Flyers scored the game-tying goal late in the third period and tossed his stick in frustration:

He started again on Tuesday and this time surrendered the game-tying goal to Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker with just 1:10 minutes left in the third period. That led to him throwing his arms up in frustration and glared at one of his defensemen:

“If you’re doing it at one of your teammates, that’s not a very good thing to do, because sooner or later you’re going to make a mistake and I’m fairly certain you’re not going to want your teammates doing that to you,” Eakins told the Edmonton Sun, although he added that he doesn’t want to assume that Bryzgalov was attempting to call anyone out.

Eakins talked to Bryzgalov after he tossed his stick in the Flyers’ game and told him that he’s good with a goaltender venting frustration like that a couple times a season, but he still needs to “watch (his) body language on the ice.”

Of course, we’re only talking about this because the Oilers allowed late, game-tying goals in back-to-back contests. If that didn’t happen, we wouldn’t be able to develop a pattern based on how Bryzgalov reacts in those situations.

Edmonton is last in the Western Conference with a 13-24-5 record.

  1. hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    And so it begins…

  2. storminator16 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Dallas, you is kind… you is smart… you is important. Bryzgalov has had bad body language on some of his goals going back to his Anaheim days.

    I give Eakins about 1 more season.

  3. thailer35 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    I thought the stick toss was humanizing. I loved it. As for the second video, that’s what Smith looks like every single time he gives up a goal.

  4. Idaslapter - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    A mountain out of a mole hill?

  5. ash0war - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I truly love this guy wouldn’t want him on my team but I do like him lol

  6. rtookey - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I think Bryzgalov’s reaction to letting a goal in is the LEAST of Eakins worries. Maybe focus your time coach something more important, like winning a game, as opposed to trying to change a habit of a 33year old man.

  7. bills4 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Oh no Dallas, a player showing some passion! What a huge problem. He is probably just throwing his stick in disbelief that he signed onto the worst coached team in the NHL. Unfortunately, Dallas Eakins will continue to worsen this team because Mac T will not admit his mistake in hiring him in the first place. The Old boys club in Edmonton is alive and thriving and will be the death of this club!!

  8. muckleflugga - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    now that’s platinum grade coaching…body language…?

    sounds like in-service touchy feely group grope nonsense from some collitch edukated numpty

    anyone watching the russians since innsbruck know they habitually criticize each other’s on-ice failings and always have…such honesty…promoting team interest on ice…no back-room back-stabbing or closed door player only sessions…no sireeee…

    can’t have that in the sanitized nhl…beat each other senseless but criticize through gesture…ooooh…ooooh…tut tut

    russian in-game carping and arguing was fascinating when we in north america were programmed to believe we were ‘poor sports’ if anything but sunshine and rainbows and sticky sweet encouragement passed our lips

    yet, russians continually won…arms hoisting…cups…medals…

    now that’s body language

    • ibieiniid - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      well written. i don’t necessarily agree with it, but if you wrote a book, I’d read it.

    • rtookey - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      I honestly cant remember a time when a russian player was a standout hero of a stanley cup win. Pretty much every russian player i have ever seen in the playoffs packs their bags and wants to go home for the summer. Chirping and spazzing out during a game is the definition of unsportsmanlike, not a north american programmed mentality. I like Bryz, my original comment was more about the focus of Eakins on these childish gestures, I was NOT defending Bryz, at all, throwing your stick in the air is what 6 year olds do.

  9. muckleflugga - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:32 PM


    clearly memory is an issue…or you have a shallow inventory of hockey experience from which to draw reference

    russian players have excelled in playoffs since coming to the nhl…while excelling, they typically demonstrate in play and manner, the best of what the game can offer [ strike evgeni malkin from consideration…an ass if there ever was one ]

    i’m not a statistics freak, but i recommend you study game sheets from playoffs featuring prominent russian players…you’re clearly in need of education…

    and, these pages are not long enough to summarize the definitive form of boorish and unsportsmanlike behaviour exhibited by north american born players…but

    we’ll start by stirring-in a liberal serving of incidents where players from teams went into the crowd to beat on spectators, this before a european player graced an nhl arena…pour in the philadelphia flyers from the seventies…broadstreet bullies by name…classless buffoons by definition…a sprinkling of patrick roy’s exit from montreal…a dash of the theoron fleury bird dance…season with sidney crosby’s whining…pretty much forever…mix in touch of brad marchand…there you have it

    chicken soup for the foul, ready for serving

    if you think flipping a stick or calling out inept defensemen is chirping or spazzing out, i’d recommend you learn to read lips, are go to a game while sitting within hearing distance of the benches

    play hockey

  10. vbcaps - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    So glad bryz is back in the nhl !

  11. warrenhajr2013 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for that this i of Mr. Dadoun’s said accounts recounts also that Dallas Eakins, head coach of Edmonton Oilers, wants for his AllStar goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, to watch what his BODY LANGUAGE also shows after allowing goals scored by players of the opposing team for others and even for us, too…. However, this even says also, Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for that this accepts also that this i of his said accounts STILL recounts also that that’s REALLY, REALLY LARGELY because we guess if NOT for that he shows that this would appear to also implicate that he feels that his MATES let him feel disappointed w/letting him face too many REALLY, REALLY ” ‘CHEAPIE’type ” shots on goal, we guess this wouldn’t have such a REALLY, REALLY LARGE issue w/that this is i of his said accounts which recounts also that his coach, Eakins, wants for him to watch what his BODY LANGUAGE also shows after allowing goals scored by players of the opposing team, especially off those type of REALLY, REALLY ” ‘CHEAPIE’type ” shots on goal, for others and even for us, too….

  12. mcphillthy - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Hahahaha!! I told you just last week that bryz would be calling out his defense next and blaming them! That’s what you chumps get for arguing with me
    Look I’m saying it again. He acts like a little rich kid who doesnt get his way. He is a drama queen. And worst of all he is a cancer.
    And I’m not making fun of Edmonton.

  13. dolphincult - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    this guy is so minor pro. Send Eakins back to the AHL where he belongs coaching scrub hockey.

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