Ilya Bryzgalov is officially back in the NHL.
Bryzgalov, who started two games for Edmonton's AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City this weekend going 1-1, was recalled by the Oilers on Sunday. Right now it's just for practice on Monday but it's not out of the question that Bryzgalov could make his first start for the Oilers on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets and his former teammate in Philadelphia, Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Oilers had the start of their season sabotaged by poor play in net, necessitating a move to do something. Neither starter Devan Dubnyk nor any of the backups were able to stem the tide and eventually the Oilers decided to take a flyer on the former Flyer, who needed some time to get acclimated to playing again, hence the conditioning stint in Oklahoma City.
Dubnyk has looked better in the past three games but there's still room for improvement all around. It wasn't that long ago that Bryzgalov was a very succesful goalie and worth a mega contract by the Flyers so the hope in Edmonton is that player still exists.
They'll find out soon enough if that's just a humongous big wish or not.
Bryzgalov had his contract bought out the Flyers this offseason and was unable to land a new job in free agency. He spent some time with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL in the preseason to stay in shape, hoping it would lead to another opportunity in the NHL. Now he has that opportunity.