Examining what Ilya Bryzgalov Brings to the Anaheim Ducks

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Jan 7, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie lya Bryzgalov (80) grabs the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The professional tryout for Ilya Bryzgalov came at the end of a string of unexpected moves from Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray. The acquisitions of Rene Bourque, Eric Brewer, and Colby Robak felt like knee-jerk reactions from a GM who was trying to manage a roster ravaged by injuries. Signing Bryzgalov felt like another step in that direction.

Is there a case to be made for this signing? The Ducks were doing fine with Frederik Andersen. John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera were injured, but both were set to return at a similar time and were on the verge of being ready when the team made the signing. It’s only now that Bryzgalov seems like a suitable backup, while Gibson and LaBarbera sit in the AHL. Had Murray waited a week, he could have gone back to the duo of Andersen and Gibson without spending $2.88 million in cap space for Bryzgalov.

So that begs the question of why the Ducks signed him? What does this signing bring to the team that they didn’t have before?

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