Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/05/09 at 10:01 PM ET
from Sarah McLellen of the Arizona Republic,
Many times Bryzgalov contemplated leaving and going back to Russia. The Ducks organization was telling him he needed experience in the AHL and needed to learn how to be a No. 1 goaltender. The team made promises of calling him up, but he never stuck with the team. Bryzgalov thought he was ready and was wasting the best years of his career.
Zjenya and he talked about a move back to Russia. During the NHL lockout for the 2004-05 season, Bryzgalov even went back to Russia to sign a contract with the Kontinental Hockey League.
“But something about it stopped us and we stayed for one more year,” Zjenya said.
In 2005, Bryzgalov joined the Ducks as the backup goaltender and won a Stanley Cup with the team the following season.
“The dream came true,” Zjenya said. “We’re finally in the NHL. The next step is becoming No.1 now in the NHL.”
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