Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/12/12 at 11:54 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
...Meanwhile, others in the organization stressed two more things. First, the goalie was asked to shut out all distractions. Second, he was told to improve his practice habits.
Bryzgalov’s got 91,000 twitter followers and there’s no doubt they were letting him have it. (Love 140-character dialogue, but as Mark Cuban noted on Saturday, there are plenty of people with “twittercourage.”) There’s been zero activity on his account since January 11, which isn’t a co-incidence. Basically, the team told him to “stop reading everything.”
As for practice, the feeling was Bryzgalov wasn’t serious enough about it. He hadn’t struggled like this over the past four seasons, averaging 67 appearances per year. Therefore, he didn’t need to do a ton of extra stuff and received rest time because of his workload.
With his game in tatters and on pace for his fewest starts in five years, Bryzgalov was asked to re-discover his work ethic. He did, going on the ice early and putting in the time. Goaltending coach Jeff Reese does believe that big goalies need to play a lot to keep their technique sharp, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he voted to staple Bryzgalov to the starting job.
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