Ilya Bryzgalov offers to play for hurting Blackhawks
The former NHL netminder has jokes.
Ilya Bryzgalov is looking for an NHL goaltending job, and he believes the Chicago Blackhawks might be the right fit.
The 37-year-old former goaltender took to Twitter to voice his candidacy to be the man between the pipes for Chicago.
Hey Blackhawks, need a goalie that will be healthy all year round?— bryzgoalie30 (@bryzgoalie30) March 30, 2018
The Hawks had to use 36-year-old accountant Scott Foster as an emergency backup goaltender in Thursday’s 6-2 win over the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets. Foster entered in the third period after Collin Delia, who was making his NHL debut, left with cramps. Delia wasn’t suppose to start until Friday, but was pushed into action after Anton Forsberg suffered a lower-body injury during pregame warmups.
Forsberg isn’t the first Chicago netminder to go down with an injury. Chicago’s top goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t played since December due to concussion issues.
Bryzgalov hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2014-15 season. The Russian netminder was 1-4-1 with a 4.19 goals-against average and .847 save percentage. In 465 career NHL games, he posted a 221-162-54 record with 34 shutouts, a 2.58 GAA and .912 save percentage with Anaheim, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Edmonton and Minnesota in his 12-year career.