Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ilya Bryzgalov could soon be returning to the NHL, as the veteran goaltender joined the Anaheim Ducks on a professional tryout Wednesday.
The Ducks presently have two of their three netminders sidelined, with rookie John Gibson expected to be out until at least mid-December due to a groin injury he sustained in early November. Jason LaBarbera, who was called up from the minors after Gibson went down, broke a bone in his hand in Saturday's game at San Jose and will miss the next 2-to-3 weeks.
Bryzgalov was not re-signed by the Minnesota Wild during the offseason. The 34-year-old started eight of the Wild's 13 games in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, compiling a 3-6-0 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and one shutout in nine overall postseason outings.
The well-traveled goaltender also began last season out of the NHL before signing with Edmonton in November. Bryzgalov was later traded by the Oilers to Minnesota on March 4.
Over 32 overall games with the Oilers and Wild last season, Bryzgalov posted a 12-9-8 record with a 2.68 GAA and four shutouts.
Bryzgalov originally entered the NHL with the Ducks in 2001 and spent parts of five seasons with Anaheim before being waived in November of 2007. He was the backup goaltender on the Ducks' 2006-07 Stanley Cup champion team.
The Ducks also announced on Wednesday that defenseman Eric Brewer will be out 4-to-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his foot Monday against Boston. The 16- year veteran was in just his second game with Anaheim after being acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay last week.