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Antics suggest Ilya Bryzgalov may be reverting to former persona

Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov tossed his stick at one point during the Oilers 4-3 loss to...

Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov tossed his stick at one point during the Oilers 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

Is it starting already?

Is the same Ilya Bryzgalov, who left a long trail of enemies in Phoenix and wore out his welcome so badly in Philadelphia they’re paying him $23 million to go away, starting to surface in Edmonton?

The goalie with the bad reputation has already been pulled aside by head coach Dallas Eakins and told to cool it with the tantrums. A few days later, he was caught on camera throwing up his arms and glaring at his defencemen after a breakdown led to a last-minute tying-goal in Phoenix.

Publicly showing up a teammate has always been a line in the ice that can never be crossed.

Eakins said he wiped the slate clean when Bryzgalov arrived in Edmonton and is sticking to that. A couple of incidents here doesn’t mean re-opening cases that have nothing to do with the Oilers. Still … he needs to cool it.

“If you’re doing it at one of your teammates, that’s not a very good thing to do, because sooner or later you’re going to make a mistake and I


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