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by George Malik on 06/09/11 at 12:25 AM ET
This doesn’t have a lick to do with the Wings, save their performance against the Phoenix Coyotes and one Ilya Bryzgalov in the first round, but as Mr. Holland and the Wings are quite familiar with this man per his representation of Dominik Hasek and Marian Hossa, among others, I could not help but smile when a man whose client is looking for near Brad Richards money from the Philadelphia Flyers had this to say to Fox Sports Arizona about his client:
“When you judge a player you judge the body of work, not three or four games,” he said.
Winter said the Red Wings’ speed, experience, the fact that they were well-rested while the Coyotes had exhausted so much energy just to get into the playoffs all played a factor in the team’s disappointing playoff showing.
“I’m sure Ilya would tell you those weren’t his best four games,” Winter said. “But how many of those goals he allowed did he see?”
Winter reiterated his great respect for Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, coach Dave Tippett, goalie coach Sean Burke and Bryzgalov’s Coyotes teammates.
“He got all the support he could have asked for,” Winter said. “That’s a situation you don’t want to leave. If the building had been full and the team had an owner, things would be different.”
“They have some (salary) cap issues to resolve, but they seem determined and the situation is incredible,” Winter said. “He’s going right into the fire, and if you know Ilya Bryzgalov, you know he loves the competition.”
Continued, and Winter is an absolutely fantastic agent. Thank the hockey gods that he’s not representing a high-profile Wing this spring, because he drives an incredibly hard bargain.
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