Bryzgalov on waivers
Not that this necessarily means anything to the Lightning, but it is worth noting the Ducks today put backup goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers, according to the Orange County Register newspaper. They want to open the backup spot for highly touted Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller. This also gives Bryzgalov a chance to catch on with another team.
Bryzgalov, 27, has put up solid numbers the past two seasons (23-20-7 with goals-against averages of 2.51 and 2.47 and save percentages of .910 and .907) and has done well in the playoffs. But he has played just nine games this season as J.S. Giguere's backup with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
If Bryzgalov is unclaimed by noon Saturday, he will be assigned to AHL Portland, Maine. HIs contract is for $1.362-million, but he has about $900,000 remaining on it for this season, half of which would be paid by the Ducks if the goalie was claimed on recall waivers.
Bryzgalov has been linked to Tampa Bay in trade rumors, but the Lightning has not been in a position to make a trade, even if the rumors were true. There's also the matter of Marc Denis and his $2.8-million salary floating around in the minors (if another goalie was added). So lots to consider and it may mean nothing, but it certainly is interesting.
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