Veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has reportedly been given an opportunity to play for the Anaheim Ducks on a tryout basis.
With backup goalie John Gibson sidelined with an injury, the Ducks hope that Bryzgalov will provide Fredrick Anderson some much needed relief.
Bryzgalov began his career with the Ducks back in 2001 and has made quite an impression in the NHL since then. He’s not afraid to speak his mind off the ice and as a result has provided the media with plenty unique comic relief.
Experienced yet Unpredictable
The 34 year old has been waiting for an opportunity and is eager to earn a contract and keep his career going.
Bryzgalov’s has played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes and most recently the Minnesota Wild. In his 12 game spell with the Wild last year, Bryzgalov posted a 7-1 record and was a huge reason why the Wild made it to the playoffs last season.
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In that playoff campaign, Bryzgalov posted a 3-6 record. Unfortunately, he’s struggled with consistency throughout most of his career, hence the reason he’s played for so many teams. However, the Ducks are probably the strongest team he’ll ever play for. This is certainly a chance for him to get to the playoffs again this season.
Bryzgalov will also be able to help Anderson improve his game as well. He’s got plenty of experience and isn’t afraid to take risks to try and win games. He’s aggressive, is used to playing as a backup goalie and is determined to do whatever it takes to get back to work. The Ducks will likely not keep Bryzgalov for long, but he’ll certainly be able to help Anaheim offset the loss of Gibson.
Patience Pays Off
This move comes just two days after veteran goalie Martin Brodeur signed a one year contract with the St. Louis Blues.
If nothing else these moves prove that patience and perseverance pay off. I’m excited to see if Bryzgalov will be able to turn this tryout opportunity into a contract. I’m sure many hockey fans will be eagerly waiting to see how Bryzgalov does in his first game of the year for the Ducks.
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