5 Reasons Philadelphia Flyers Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov Should Stay in Russia

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5 Reasons Philadelphia Flyers Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov Should Stay in Russia
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Bryzgalov taking a water break during a Stanley Cup playoff game.

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been playing for the KHL’s CSKA Moscow during the NHL lockout. Even if the lockout ends, Bryzgalov will benefit most from an extended stay in Russia.

Bryzgalov had an interesting season in 2011-12. When he was up, he was practically unstoppable. Just look at his performance during March 2012.

When he was bad, he tended to be pretty awful.

He’s gone on record to say that some Russian hockey players may not return to the NHL even once the lockout is resolved.

"(NHL) owners...they create this situation and they put themselves into this situation," explained Bryzgalov. "Like I said before, they have to take responsibility for their own actions.

"If you watch what they did consistently, like saying: 'It's going to be (a) lockout. We're not happy with the system, we can't operate with the system that we had'...and (yet) they continued to sign the players during the negotiation process, signing the players to long-term contracts for big amounts."

He could be one of those players. Returning to Russia and even staying there has a lot to offer for the elite goaltender. He should take advantage of it.

Here are five reasons why Bryzgalov should stay in Russia.

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