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08-13-2012, 09:20 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 an excellent mentor. Teaches the young guys how to stick in the NHL and be professionals. He's a solid 'bridge' from wherever these guys come from to the NHL.

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