Ilya Bryzgalov is back in the NHL, and he’s reportedly going to the struggling Edmonton Oilers.
Bryzgalov to Edmonton #tsn—
Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) November 09, 2013
Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press has reported that the deal between the Oilers and Bryzgalov is for one year.
#Oilers have verbal agreement to sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a 1-year deal.—
Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) November 09, 2013
After two years of poor performances, Bryzgalov’s contract with the Philadelphia Flyers was bought out in the summer, making him a free agent. The veteran goaltender wasn’t able to land a deal with an NHL team in training camp or the first month of the regular season, but with the Oilers’ chances of making the playoffs decreasing with every loss, a move had to be made.
Devan Dubnyk started the season as the Oilers’ No. 1 goaltender, but he’s failed to impress with a 3-6-1 record, a 3.80 GAA and a .870 save percentage.
Edmonton has the worst record in the Western Conference at 4-11-2 and ranks 30th in GAA.