Tag: Ilya Bryzgalov

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Change of plans: Ducks put Bryzgalov on unconditional waivers (Updated)


Just days after accepting his demotion to the American Hockey League, Ilya Bryzgalov has changed course.

On Thursday, the Ducks announced they’ve placed the veteran goalie on unconditional waivers, which is often the first step in terminating a player’s contract. In early December, Bryzgalov signed with Anaheim on a one-year, $2.8 million deal.

The Russian’s second stint with the Ducks — he began his NHL career with the club in 2001-02 — didn’t go very well. Bryzgalov appeared in just eight games, going 1-4-1 with a .847 save percentage and 4.19 GAA.

It’s still unclear what caused this latest change of heart. Bryzgalov had spent a brief time in Norfolk already this season, appearing in two games during a conditioning stint.

UPDATE: The Ducks have issued a statement explaining the situation…

“At the beginning of the NHL season, I spent all of my time with my wife and my children,” said Bryzgalov. “I drove my son and daughter to their practices and games and enjoyed life. I had no plans to return to the NHL this season until the Ducks reached out to my agent, Ritch Winter. I agreed to return because of my respect for the Ducks organization, the quality of the team they had assembled and my long relationship with Bob Murray and the team. Given the way things have worked out, I have decided to return home to be with my wife and children, who did not move with me to Anaheim. It’s not the way I had hoped things would work out. But when you can return to a family you love, could life be any better?”

“Ilya has handled this difficult situation with class and dignity, and I fully understand and accept his decision,” said Murray.” I have great respect for what he’s accomplished in his career, and specifically what he’s done for our franchise. He made an indelible mark on our club in the 2006 and 2007 playoffs and helped us to a championship. That’s not something our organization and fans will soon forget. We wish him the best of luck in the future no matter what he decides to do.”

Bryzgalov will report to Ducks’ AHL affiliate

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Ilya Bryzgalov is on his way to the American Hockey League.

The veteran netminder, who cleared waivers on Monday, informed the Ducks he would accept his assignment to AHL Norfolk, the club announced today. Bryzgalov will re-join the Admirals for the second time this season; earlier, he appeared in a pair of games on a conditioning stint, going 1-1-0 with a 2.53 GAA and .915 save percentage.

There was some thought that the 34-year-old wouldn’t report to the AHL, but heading to Norfolk makes sense for Bryzgalov. One, the Ducks are still in a state of flux with regards to their goaltending; Frederik Andersen is out injured and John Gibson, for all his promise, remains a 21-year-old rookie with just 14 games of NHL experience.

After those two, the No. 3 gig is essentially up for grabs between Bryzgalov and fellow veteran Jason LaBarbera, and it stands to reason Bryzgalov could play his way back into form with some reps at the American League level.

That said, it doesn’t sound like Ducks GM Bob Murray is overly hopeful:

Bryzgalov clears waivers, Ducks recall LaBarbera

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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.

Report: Ducks place Bryzgalov on waivers

Ilya Bryzgalov

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.

Goalie nods: Gibson’s struggling, but starts fourth straight for Anaheim


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Ducks stick with Gibson

The Anaheim Ducks, losers in seven of their last 10, will keep rolling with John Gibson as they look to get things on track tonight in Calgary.

Gibson, forced into action with Frederik Andersen injured and Ilya Bryzgalov struggling, hasn’t played especially well of late — in four games this month, he’s allowed 13 goals on 101 shots for a .886 save percentage, and has just one win.

“My biggest worry on it is that we are allowing way too many goals,” Bruce Boudreau said following a 4-1 defeat to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, per the O.C. Register. “We’re not losing pretty.”

The Ducks are hoping Gibson, a highly-touted prospect that broke onto the scene late last year — can reclaim some of the form shown earlier this season. In a three-game stretch in late October, the 21-year-old allowed one goal in a win over Columbus, posted a 38-save shutout against the Blackhawks and stopped 27 of 29 shots in a loss to St. Louis.

For the Flames, Jonas Hiller will start in goal.


Rangers at Sabres: No word yet on starters for either team.

Canucks at Devils: Eddie Lack vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at ‘Canes: James Reimer vs. Cam Ward

Bruins at Blues: Malcolm Subban vs. Jake Allen (more on Subban’s NHL debut here.)

Avs at ‘Hawks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Corey Crawford

Wild at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.