Bobrovsky's girlfriend can't come to U.S., so he'll see her in Canada during break

Posted: January 28, 2011

Ville Leino and a few of his teammates are already in Costa Rica for the All-Star break, where Leino said he wants to finally learn how to surf.

Scott Hartnell is heading to South Beach, Fla., for some sun. Chris Pronger also is heading to Florida.

And Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and Peter Laviolette will soak up the warmer temperatures in Raleigh, N.C., as the Flyers' representatives at Sunday's All-Star Game.

Rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is heading in a different direction. According to Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov, who translated a Sovsport.Ru article about him, Bobrovsky will head to Toronto for 5 days to spend time with his girlfriend.

His girlfriend, Olga, has been denied a visa by U.S. Customs and Border Control to stay in the United States, though she holds a Canadian visa, according to the report. She has been in Canada since before the Christmas holiday, when Bobrovsky visited her. She also went to Vancouver for the Flyers' game there on Dec. 28.

Olga reportedly has been having trouble, since the two are not married.

"My girlfriend was refused a visa to the U.S. again," Bobrovsky said, according to Chesnokov. "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."

Bobrovsky, who recently moved out of the Voorhees, N.J., hotel he has been living in since training camp, also revealed on Sovsport.Ru that he recently purchased his first car, a Lexus.

"I finally bought myself a car," Bobrovsky said, according to Chesnokov. "I drive with my Russian license. [I] don't know if I'm allowed to, [but] I haven't been pulled over yet."

Walker waived

The Flyers waived defenseman Matt Walker yesterday, possibly clearing salary-cap space for a trade before the Feb. 28 deadline.

Walker's $1.7 million salary - which extends through 2012-13 - is eligible to come off the Flyers' salary cap today at noon. That would give the Flyers close to $3.6 million in acquisition space.

Walker, 30, has played in four games this season for the Flyers - all since Jan. 13 when he returned from back-to-back hip surgeries. He became a healthy scratch again when Chris Pronger was activated on Jan. 20. The Flyers intend to send Walker to AHL Adirondack. *

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