The Anaheim Ducks brought some veteran experience up from AHL Norfolk on Monday, recalling goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and winger Dany Heatley.
Bryzgalov, 34, signed with the Ducks early December after injuries to John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera, and will work primarily as the backup to No. 1 Frederik Andersen moving forward. LaBarbera recently cleared waivers and will return to Norfolk, where he’ll work with Gibson (once the latter returns from a groin injury.)
As for Heatley, he returns to the Ducks after a brief two-game American League stint following groin surgery. The 33-year-old played two games for the Admirals — his first-ever AHL contests — and went scoreless with two PIM and a minus-3 rating.
Based on the timing of the recalls, it looks as though Heatley and Bryzgalov will both be ready to draw into Anaheim’s lineup on Tuesday against Toronto. Heatley has appeared in just four games for the Ducks this year, going pointless; Bryzgalov will make his season debut.
The Anaheim Ducks have assigned goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals on a conditioning loan.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year, $2.88 million contract on Tuesday.
Bryzgalov spent time with the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL), Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild last season.
He put together a 12-9-8 record in 32 games with the Oilers and Wild.
Bryzgalov spent parts of five seasons with the Ducks from 2001-08.
In all Bryzgalov has appeared in 457 NHL games with the Ducks, Coyotes, Flyers, Oilers and Wild where he has a career 2.56 G.A.A. and a .913 save percentage.
Anaheim goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov got on the ice with the Ducks for the first time on Thursday morning.
Following the team’s practice he discussed how the deal came about and reflected on his previous stint with the Ducks.
Veteran goalie and amateur cosmonaut Ilya Bryzgalov is headed back to where it all started.
Per ESPN, Bryzgalov is set to join the Anaheim Ducks on a tryout basis, returning him to the club he broke in with during the 2001-02 campaign — and the one he captured a Stanley Cup with in 2007.
The 34-year-old netminder will join Anaheim after the team suffered a rash of injuries in goal: John Gibson, the club’s prized rookie prospect, is out ’til late December with a groin ailment; journeyman Jason LaBarbera, who replaced Gibson as Frederik Andersen’s backup, is dealing with an upper-body injury.
The ailments have forced the Ducks to roll with an Andersen-Igor Bobkov tandem lately, which is high on promise but low on NHL experience. Bobkov’s never played in the NHL and Andersen still only has 48 games on his resume.
As for Bryzgalov, this will mark his fourth team in three seasons. He was bought out of his mega-deal by the Flyers following the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, then split last season between Edmonton and Minnesota.
Bryzgalov returned to the Wild for this year’s training camp, but didn’t sign with the club following the end of the exhibition campaign.
Before the start tonight’s rivalry game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers on NBCSN, Bob McKenzie sat down to talk about a wide array of hot topics in the NHL. As you might suspect, Marc-Andre Fleury’s newly inked four-year extension and the Anaheim Ducks’ injury woes in goal came up.
One of the most interesting statements McKenzie made was the idea that the Ducks might sign free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. He’s a controversial choice after his disastrous tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers, but he got his start with Anaheim and the team feels comfortable with him.
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko’s upcoming contract negotiations were also discussed as his value continues to rise thanks to his explosive start.
You can watch that segment below:
What they’re saying about the Fleury extension