(NEW YORK) — Desperate for goalie help, the Edmonton Oilers have deiced to sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract.
Bryzgalov spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. After agreeing to a nine-year, $51 million deal with the team prior to the 2011-2012 season, he disappointed mightily. The team decided to buyout his remaining contract
Last sesaon, Bryzgalov was 19-17-3 with a 2.79 GAA. In 425 career games, he’s gone 208-149-45 with a 2.55 GAA with Anaheim, Phoenix, and Philadelphia.
The Oilers are hoping Bryzgalov can provide a spark to the team’s poor goaltending. At 4-11-2, the Oilers are in seventh place in the Pacific Division.
While their offense has struggled, it has been their goaltending that has truly been their downfall. They allow an average of 3.8 goals per game, which ranks 30th in the entire NHL.
Edmonton has been searching for goaltending since starting goalie Devan Dubnyk’s rocky season continued. He has a 3.79 GAA in 11 starts.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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