Ilya Bryzgalov played two games in the AHL before the Edmonton Oilers were ready to recall him. To make a roster spot for Bryzgalov, Edmonton has waived backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera. While it’s still unclear when the newest Oiler will be ready to make his first start in net, Devan Dubnyk has been playing well enough as of late to allow Edmonton to make this move now.
LaBarbera (EDM) on waivers, too, as Bryzgalov arrives
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 18, 2013
While Bryzgalov didn’t play particularly well in his debut for the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL, he performed much better in his second outing. Meanwhile, Dubnyk has really picked up his game lately for the Oilers. Despite eating several losses, he’s only allowed six goals over his last three starts.
That level of play could keep Bryzgalov out of action until he’s back in game shape and ready to face NHL-caliber players. It’s important to remember that, aside from the two contests in the minors, that Bryzgalov hasn’t seen a whole lot of action over the last five months and may be another week or so away from being good to go in Edmonton.
And who really knows what Dubnyk will be doing in net by that point? He’s been remarkably inconsistent for Edmonton, but so has the team in front of him.
If he continues to play at a high level, things could get interesting with Bryzgalov looking for starts as well. If the purpose of this signing was to create some competition to motivate Dubnyk, it appears to be working.
LaBarbera will head to Oklahoma City if he clears waivers.
Jason labarbera is off to OKC if he clears waivers with bryzgalov here
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) November 18, 2013