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Ducks Sign Goaltender Bryzgalov to One-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bryzgalov, 34 (6/22/80), returns to the Ducks organization where he began his NHL career in 2001-02 and was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team. Bryzgalov has appeared in 69 career games for the Ducks, posting a 26-23-8 record with two shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average (GAA) and a .909 save percentage (SV%). He helped lead Anaheim to the Stanley Cup in 2007 and Western Conference Finals in 2006, going 9-5 with three shutouts, a 1.68 GAA and .937 SV% in 16 games. Among franchise playoff leaders for goaltenders, Bryzgalov ranks tied for second in shutouts and third in wins, saves (387), appearances, and minutes (925:50).

During the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bryzgalov tied an NHL record with three consecutive shutouts in Game 7 of the Conference Quarterfinals against Calgary on May 3 and Games 1 and 2 of the Conference Semifinal vs. Colorado on May 5 and May 7, respectively. Bryzgalov’s shutout streak of 249:15 (98 consecutive saves) was the second-longest in NHL postseason history and longest ever by a rookie. He was also the first rookie to record consecutive shutouts in the playoffs since Toronto’s Frank McCool in April of 1945.

Selected by Anaheim in the second round (44th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Bryzgalov has played for Anaheim, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Edmonton and Minnesota over his 11-year NHL career. In 457 career NHL games, Bryzgalov has posted a 220-158-53 record with 34 shutouts, a 2.56 GAA and .913 SV%. He was named a finalist for the 2010 Vezina Trophy after setting career highs in win (42), shutouts (8), GAA (2.29) and SV% (.920) with the Coyotes. The 6-3, 213-pound goaltender has also played 47 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, Coyotes, Flyers and Wild, going 20-25 with four shutouts, a 2.78 GAA and .905 SV%.

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