The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on the IR according to an Edmonton Sun report. This comes a few days after the Oilers took on the Dallas Stars, and during that contest forward Ryan Garbutt ran into Bryzgalov. The goalie appeared to be favoring his head and neck after the contact and was forced to leave the game. Here’s the play in question in case you’ve yet to see it.
This is an unfortunate development for both Edmonton and Bryzgalov. Due to shaky goaltending through the first several weeks of the season, the Oilers had grabbed the free agent netminder in hopes that he would stabilize their crease. He appeared to do just that through his first three starts, providing a more consistent level of play than Devan Dubnyk, Richard Bachman and Jason LaBarbera had.
In his limited action, Bryzgalov posted a .939 save percentage to go along with a 2.11 GAA and one shutout. He’ll be unavailable for at least the next two games now that he’s on the IR. Edmonton takes on the Colorado Avalanche this evening in the second game of a five-game homestand.
The Calgary Flames will be in town on Saturday, with the Carolina Hurricanes blowing through next Tuesday. That’s the first game that Bryzgalov could play in, but there is no timetable for his return at this point.