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Bryzgalov UFA Stock May Be Falling

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

With elimination potentially on the way in tomorrow’s Game 4, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett pointed to his goalie as one area that needs to improve.

“We need our goaltender to have an all-world game,” he said.

If Bryzgalov falls short again, it’ll be interesting to see how free agency plays out. The goalie market is crowded with backup options without many starters to choose from, with the only other free agents that have won more than 20 games this season (Tomas Vokoun and Dwayne Roloson) getting up there in years.

Teams have been going cheaper in goal in recent years, too, which could be an issue.

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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

His stock has fallen so far he’s been de-listed.

Why pay for Brzy? Any team can buy a sieve at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $5.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/19/11 at 05:48 PM ET

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well big time goalies have big games when they are needed… this next game will say a lot about what type of goalie he is.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/19/11 at 06:16 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

But…but…Shane Doan told me Bryzgalov was the best player in the Wings/Coyotes series…I swear he did.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/19/11 at 06:38 PM ET

scotts0's avatar

I believe this is a good time for a well deserved, HA!

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 04/19/11 at 06:42 PM ET

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Not to mention, Breezy not even reacting to Franzen’s breakaway wrist shot was just a picture of beauty.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 04/19/11 at 06:46 PM ET

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well big time goalies have big games when they are needed…

Big time goalies have big games more often than simply when they’re on the brink of elimination from the playoffs.

Posted by Garth on 04/19/11 at 06:58 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Not taking anything for granted when it comes to Breezer.  The guy can still play.  I’m expecting him to go lights out.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/19/11 at 07:19 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I think much like Khabibulin before him, he needs the heck out of there.  Phoenix is poison to goalie careers, much like Nashville is magic for them.

Posted by Primis on 04/19/11 at 09:06 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

A bad playoff series isn’t going to completely wreck the market for Bryzgalov. He’s been far too good for far too long for Phoenix and Anaheim before that.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/20/11 at 01:11 AM ET

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The Wings dominant performance can’t be pinned on Bryzgalov. If it is, then those same people must remove Keith Yandle from Norris considerations.

Posted by Jesters Dead on 04/20/11 at 04:12 AM ET

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When Bryzgalov hit waivers and Phoenix picked him up, I was a little jealous. The Wings weren’t particularly in a position to add him back then. But if a goalie of his caliber were to hit the wire a couple of months back, you can be sure Holland would have pulled the trigger.

Posted by Jesters Dead on 04/20/11 at 04:16 AM ET

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