With both their starter and back-up injured, their prospects still honing their trade in the AHL, the Anaheim Ducks have reached out to a former player to help fill the void in the crease. That player of course is hockey’s most entertaining player, the one and only, Ilya Bryzgalov.
The 34-year-old netminder has been out of hockey since failing to make the Minnesota Wild on a training camp invite earlier this season but will now report to the team who drafted him 44th overall in 2000. Last season, Bryz joined the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers before being signed by the Edmonton Oilers who dealt him to the Minnesota Wild months later.
Now Bryz’s career has come full circle as he aims to earn another NHL contract in the Western Conference with the Ducks. Despite being treated by the Flyers media as a locker room pariah, Bryzgalov proved last year that he can gel with teammates and a return to his first organization could only benefit his psyche.
With the St.Louis Blues signing legendary goalie Martin Brodeur yesterday after inviting him on a tryout, the same is expected to happen with Bryzgalov who will look to steer his career back on course. While we suggested he might end up in Colorado, we are glad nonetheless to see him back in the NHL yet again.