After a short stint with the Oklahoma City Barons, Ilya Bryzgalov is officially back in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers announced on Sunday afternoon that they would be recalling the enigmatic goaltender from their AHL affiliate.
Bryzgalov started two games for the Barons, going 1-1 during his time there, including a shellacking in his first start that saw him give up five goals. The 33-year-old netminder rebounded his next time out, however, notching a 25-save effort en route to a 4-1 win on Saturday.
The Oilers have been plagued by poor play between the pipes, leading Edmonton to fall to the bottom of the pack in the Western Conference and sign Bryzgalov on Nov. 8. Starter Devan Dubnyk has posted an unimpressive 4-10-1 record to go along with a .354 goals against average and an .889 save percentage, and although there is no word that Bryzgalov will get the nod on Tuesday night, it is possible he could get his first taste of NHL action in nearly six months facing the Blue Jackets.
The embattled goalie had his contract bought out by the Flyers in the offseason, failed to latch on with a team during training camp and spent some time in the ECHL with the Las Vegas Wranglers before getting signed by the Oilers.