When Semyon Varlamov tweaked his groin against the Maple Leafs or possibly the next morning, his promising backup Reto Barra was forced to leave the Avs’ next game with an injury of his own. With no definite time table set for either netminders, social media is abuzz over the possibility of the Avalanche courting the winningest goalie of all-time to help hold down the crease.
The possibility of Martin Brodeur coming back into the league he was practically pushed out of last season and suit up for the man who once stood before him in every statistical goalie category would be high drama in the mile high city. But lest we forget that there are other options out there for Colorado mainly in the form of everyone’s favorite inactive NHL’er the one and only, Ilya Bryzgalov.
Last time we saw Bryz, he was taking selfies with fans on the bench on a tryout with the Minnesota Wild. Bryz was passed over in favor of Darcy Kuemper and has since disappeared from the limelight to re-evaluate his options. Playing under two top former goalies, Patrick Roy and Francois Allaire, could only benefit Bryz who would also act as a veteran presence for his fellow Russian netminder once he returns to the crease. Last time he shared a crease with a fellow countryman, his predecessor went on to win the Veznia.
Unlike the greatest goalie to ever play the game, Bryz was actually part of an NHL training camp leading up to final cuts and surprisingly has less of an ego than the aforementioned. The rambunctious temperament of Roy and the enigma that is Bryzgalov would be extremely entertaining from a media standpoint and has potential to be a reliable back-up should Varly’s groin injury continue to bother him going forward.
For the betterment of the NHL and the Colorado Avalanche, a league with more Ilya Bryzgalov is never a bad thing.