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08-13-2012, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Vipers31 View Post
I'm always a little wary when it comes to considering veteran back-up goalies to be good "mentors". I am not familiar with what Varlamov or Reimer have said about him, so I absolutely don't want to discard the possibility that he is, in fact, a great mentor, but I'll remember Bryzgalov saying that the biggest thing he learned from JS was a everyone for himself type mentality ("this is wolves' world"). Maybe it's just Ilya's quirkyness, maybe it's JS having settled down and into that role with higher age and bigger age differentials to his mentees. In any way, regardless of his qualities as a mentor, he most certainly earns that contract for his play alone. Good for him and the Avs.
He's definitely played the role of mentor to Varlamov in Colorado, both by being able to play well when varlamov was struggling and presumably by helping him settle into being the #1 for the first time in the NHL. Have a read here, which is the best article I can find quickly about him mentoring Varlamov.

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