Make that one of the cornier headlines we have ever written. But when your star Russian goaltender takes a five day jaunt to Canada to canoodle with his girlfriend from the motherland, we are left with very few options.
Bob's girlfriend still can't get a visa and, just like Christmas time, Bob will fly to Canada during the Flyers' break so he can meet up with Olga (would we have her named anything else?).
"I finally bought myself a car. I drive with my Russian license. Don't know if I'm allowed to; haven't been pulled over yet.
My girlfriend was refused a visa to the US again. They think she will stay here illegally. They tell her a single girl has no business being in the States. So during the ASG break I will fly to Toronto to spend 5 days with her. She has a Canadian visa. When the Flyers played in Vancouver we spent Christmas together."
And therein lies the key to Bob's bounce back from a tough December- the man just needed some lovin'. Bob gave up three or more goals five times in December. Presuming his girlfriend stayed with the team until the Flyers game in Vancouver on the 28th, he has given up more than three goals just once since their rendezvous (five on Dec. 31- no doubt saddened by the departure of Olga). In six appearances in January, he's given up two goals five times, and one goal once. The power of love, folks.
The full interview is in Russian, and while Google Tranlate (as per the usual) doesn't exactly knock it out of the park- Happy life has begun! Now there is a soup, and dumplings, and all that you desire. I ran home after a workout with all legs!– it does give us some more insight into Bob's transition to American life.
His parents arrived on January 4th and the car he spoke of was a Lexus, which seems to have been paid for up front:
Which car is purchased?
– Lexus. Always liked this car. Comfortable, with a large trunk – a trunk with a hockey climbs.Agent Paul Teofanos helped buy. Found the salon, said the prices.
– The loan taken, as is customary in the U.S.?
– Why? Once all paid.
Straight up cash, Homey. We think.
Oh yeah, he's given a certain period of time to obtain his American driver's license- still, I'd steer clear.