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Ilya Bryzgalov

Ilya Bryzgalov

Philadelphia Flyers

Seeking to solve their age-old problem of instability in net, the Flyers signed Bryzgalov, 30, to a nine-year, $51 million contract in June 2011 after trading star forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to clear cap space. The eight-year veteran was coming off an impressive four-season stint with Phoenix, where he was a 2009-10 Vezina Trophy finalist. Initially a popular and zany figure, thanks to HBO's 24/7 series (CLICK HERE to view a segment), Bryzgalov didn't seem to take well to the pressure in Philly. He played erratically, publicly criticized himself, and was upset to find Sergei Bobrovskystarting in the 2012 Winter Classic. After a shaky performance in the 2012 playoffs, Bryzgalov was ordered by GM Paul Holmgren to get his act together. "His job is to stop pucks and help us win games," Holmgren said. "It's not Comedy Central."

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