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Ilya Bryzgalov reaches agreement with Oilers

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 8:04 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers announced Friday they have reached a verbal agreement with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on a one-year contract. The agreement is pending the completion of a trade between the Oilers and Calgary Flames announced earlier Friday.

Ilya Bryzgalov
RECORD: 208-149-45
GAA: 2.55 | SVP: 0.913
Bryzgalov was a member of the Anaheim Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup-winning team and won a bronze medal playing for Russia in the 2002 Winter Olympics. He became a free agent during the summer when his contract was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, who signed him to a nine-year deal in the summer of 2011.

"We get a goaltender that has a history of being a high-performer in parts of his career," Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said, "and we get a guy who I think that's very motivated and he's going to have a chance to be a good goalie."

The native of Togliatti, Russia, has a 208-149-45 record in 425 regular-season NHL games with a goals-against average of 2.55, a .913 save percentage and 30 shutouts.

Bryzgalov in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has a 17-19 record with a 2.81 GAA, a save percentage of .908 and three shutouts.

The Oilers traded defenseman Ladislva Smid and minor-league goaltender Olivier Roy to the Flames in exchange for two minor leaguers, goaltender Laurent Brossoit and forward Roman Horak.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday