Edmonton Oilers sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a 1-year contract

Ilya Bryzgalov as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ilya Bryzgalov as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

You know you have a goaltending problem when…..

The Edmonton Oilers did it. They became ‘that team’ to give ostracized goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov another chance in the NHL despite his horrificly expensive debacle with the Philadelphia Flyers. Making the decision easy, incumbent netminder Devan Dubnyk was not getting the job done, plain and simple. With an urgent need to upgrade between the pipes, signing Bryzgalov became the right move for the Oilers.

His time as a Flyer was marred with inconsistency, however, Ilya Bryzgalov has proven himself a capable NHL goalie throughout his career. The Russian netminder enjoyed success with the Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes before signing with Philly in the summer of 2011. He endured a lot of scrutiny throughout his time with the Flyers, but to be fair, this season is proving that his former club have bigger problems than who wears the pads on any given night.

The signing of Bryzgalov is a desperate attempt to qualify for the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Oilers have substantially fallen out of the race for a spot in the post season, earning only four wins in the first five weeks of the season. While all hope seems lost, a move needed to be made because Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera have struggled.

Bryzgalov steps in as a wild card. He can save the day or re-establish himself as the star-gazing goalie who suffered from inconsistencies with the Flyers. Either way, for now the Oilers have their goalie. If things don’t improve, the next move they make might be even more epic.

The Oilers play Bryzgalov’s former team the Flyers today at 1:00 ET. As of right now it is unclear if Bryz will play in the Saturday afternoon matinee.

And then there is this: