Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is officially back in the NHL fold less than a week after signing a tryout deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks announced on Tuesday that they have signed the veteran netminder to a one-year, $2.88 million deal. With injuries to goaltenders John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera, it was of utmost importance that Anaheim find some backup relief for starting goaltender Frederik Andersen.
While the deal is worth $2.88 million, it will be prorated and the Ducks will only be on the hook for the remainder of the season. Bryzgalov will earn roughly $1.85 million over the Ducks remaining 53 games.
This will be Bryzgalov’s second stint with the Ducks, the team with which he began his career. During his previous tenure with Anaheim, the Russian netminder served as the backup to then-starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Bryzgalov was part of the Ducks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2006-07 before a waiver claim took him to Phoenix where he was the Coyotes starting goaltender for four seasons.
Following his time in Phoenix, Philadelphia signed the ever-eccentric Bryzgalov to a monster deal worth $51 million over nine seasons. The Flyers used one of their compliance buyouts on the netminder in 2013-14, two seasons following the signing, after which he made stops with the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild.
To begin the season, Bryzgalov was an unrestricted free agent with a career record of 220-158-53 with a .913 save percentage and 2.56 goals-against average. He ended 2013-14 as a member of the Wild, appearing in 12 games and posting a 7-1-3 record, .911 SP and 2.12 GAA.
Anaheim currently has the NHL's best record at 18-6-5. Bryzgalov has been assigned to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals on a conditioning stint.