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by Paul on 01/15/12 at 02:18 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• I know the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t thrilled with Ilya Bryzgalov — they think he talks too much, and his stats are certainly far from $10 million a year worthy (3.07 goals-against average, .891 save percentage) — but did they not do their due diligence. Bryzgalov is off-the-wall; he’s a character. He is who he is (he was one of the stars on the 24-7 HBO show), and now the Flyers want to limit him to two-minute sound bites with the media. He is not worth that kind of dough (who is?), but he’s a good goalie. He has only played four games since Christmas. Ride him, like the Coyotes did, even if one New York Rangers player said “it looks like he’s fighting every shot, a sure sign of a guy with no confidence.” You can’t decide now you like backup Sergei Bobrovsky more.
• You can put Tuomo Ruutu at the top of most general managers’ lists as a rental at the trade deadline. He’s hard on the puck and he’d be a solid second to third liner on a contender. The Pittsburgh Penguins could use him. Heck, Pittsburgh could use just about anybody now with their falling bodies. He’d look good with the Nashville Predators, too.
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