The signing was an odd one, in some respects. Firstly, because of the way Bryz left the NHL, being bought-out by the Philadelphia Flyers due to a poor performance in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season. Secondly, because the Oilers traded away arguably their best defenceman (Ladislav Smid) to division rival (the Calgary Flames) in order to make room for the controversial Russian netminder despite the fact their chances of making the playoffs this season are slim to none because of their competitive disadvantage in the NHL’s most impressive division.
"I'm comfortable when he's comfortable… If (Dubnyk) keeps going lights-out, he'll stay in." – Coach Eakins on Bryz making debut
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 18, 2013
Bryzgalov has been a good NHL goalie before, just not recently. His time in Philly was marred with disappointment. To be fair to Bryz, Philly is, after all, a tough place to play net.
Just a thought – perhaps Bryzgalov was acquired not only to salvage some respectability for the franchise that has managed only 5 wins in 22 games, but also to help mentor Russian youngster Nail Yakupov. You know, teach him about outer space and what not.
Here he is – Brzygalov at Oilers practice:
— Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) November 18, 2013