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Ilya Bryzgalov waived by Ducks – is this the end of his career?

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Ilya Bryzgalov waived by Ducks – is this the end of his career?

Jared Clinton
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Ilya Bryzgalov has been placed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks, and this could be the last NHL contract for the veteran netminder. In eight games with the Ducks, Bryzgalov had a record of 1-4-1 with a .419 goals-against average and .847 save percentage.

The NHL may have seen the last of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Sunday afternoon, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Anaheim Ducks have placed Bryzgalov on waivers and, if he clears, he will be demoted to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. The news comes as a surprise after goaltender Frederik Andersen missed the Ducks road trip into Western Canada.

With Bryzgalov having an extremely subpar season between the pipes for the Ducks, there’s a good chance this is his last run in the NHL.

Bryzgalov was signed to a one-year deal by Anaheim in early December after injuries sidelined John Gibson and recalled backup Jason LaBarbera. In eight games with the Ducks since inking his deal, the 34-year-old netminder posted a 1-4-1 record. And if his record looks less than impressive, consider that he posted a 4.19 goals-against average and .847 save percentage in his eight outings, only stopping more than 90 percent of the shots he faced in three of his appearances.

Many had thought Bryzgalov’s career was over before his stint in Anaheim, but it seems as though this will be his final professional deal. He’ll be paid through 2027 by the Philadelphia Flyers, has struggled to land contracts and it seems as though he has no interest in going to the KHL.

As a 29-year-old, Bryzgalov was the runner up to Ryan Miller for the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy, landing nearly 30 percent of the vote with a record of 42-20-6, 2.29 GAA and .920 SP.

However, since leaving the Arizona Coyotes organization in 2010-11, Bryzgalov has not been able to recapture the form that made him a high-priced free agent acquisition by the Flyers in 2011. After a .921 SP in his final year with the Coyotes, Bryzgalov went on to post a SP higher than .910 just once in the next six seasons.

The low point came in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, when Bryzgalov went 19-17-3 in 40 games with a .900 SP and 2.79 GAA.

In two games with the Norfolk Admirals this season – a conditioning stint following his signing with the Ducks – Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 59 shots, with a 2.53 GAA and .915 SP.

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Ilya Bryzgalov waived by Ducks – is this the end of his career?