Ilya Bryzgalov clears waivers–what’s next?
Veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov cleared waivers today, and is discussing options about his future with the Anaheim Ducks. Bryzgalov was brought on to provide backup for Frederik Andersen, allowing John Gibson to get playing time in the AHL. An injury to Andersen forced Bryzgalov into action and the recall of Gibson. Bryzgalov did not fare well in his return to Anaheim, with an .847 save percentage in eight appearances. Gibson took the reins for the Ducks, helping the team to three wins and two losses in his starts.
Gibson and Andersen appear to be the tandem for the rest of the season once the latter returns from injury. In the meantime, Anaheim has recalled Jason LaBarbera from Norfolk to backup Gibson. Right now, this means the goalie situation for the Admirals is Ryan Faragher (who picked up his first AHL win on Sunday) and probably Igor Bobkov. Faragher and Bobkov have shown some promise in the ECHL, but it has not truly translated at the AHL level. Faragher has not played enough games to truly say what his talent is, and Bobkov’s performance is mercurial.
Bryzgalov could come to Norfolk but the tea leaves are pointing towards retirement. When Andersen gets healthy, this means the Ads will have Jason LaBarbera as a number one starter with either Bobkov or Faragher as the backup. It’s not clear who will be the Saturday night goalie in this case, but I’d pencil it in for Faragher after a solid win and mop-up duty over the weekend.
Norfolk’s goaltending situation is right back where it was to begin the season.