Ilya Bryzgalov cleared waivers on Monday — to nobody’s surprise — and, shortly thereafter, the Ducks moved quickly and replaced him on the active roster recalling veteran Jason LaBarbera from AHL Norfolk.
For Bryzgalov, this could be the end of his NHL activity for the season. Signed to a one-year, $2.88 million deal — which is a fairly big price tag, given he’s only played eight games for the Ducks — the 34-year-old netminder could report to AHL Norfolk, though it remains unclear if he’ll accept a move to the minors.
For Anaheim, the move gives them three goalies at the NHL level. LaBarbera joins John Gibson and Frederik Andersen — who’s close to returning from injury — and it sound as though Gibson will start and LaBarbera will back up tonight when the Ducks take on Detroit.
The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly placed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers.
Bryzgalov joined the Ducks in December on a professional tryout and appeared in eight games posting a 1-4-1 record to go along with a 4.19 G.A.A. and an .847 save percentage.
His last appearance came on Feb.10 against the Florida Panthers where he allowed three goals on eight shots before being replaced by John Gibson.
Gibson has started all five games (3-2-0) for the Ducks since that 6-2 loss to the Panthers. Anaheim plays host to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. According to Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register, Frederik Andersen (neck) could be back this week.
Bryzgalov split last season between the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild before going unsigned in the offseason.
Ilya Bryzgalov faced only eight shots against the Florida Panthers, before getting hooked early in the second period of Tuesday’s game.
However, despite not facing a huge total of shots, the three goals allowed — the final one coming on Aaron Ekblad’s ninth of the season — ended Bryzgalov’s night. John Gibson, recalled with Frederik Andersen now on IR, took over in net.
The Ducks, Pacific Division leaders and with a chance to take over top spot in the Western Conference, found themselves down 3-0, but scored less than two minutes after Bryzgalov was pulled to cut the deficit to two goals before the midway point of the second period.