Oilers agree to terms with Bryzgalov

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov gives up a goal during NHL action against the...

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov gives up a goal during NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets Sat., April 6, 2013 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man. (KEVIN KING/QMI Agency)

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Welcome to the North Pole, Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Edmonton Oilers have reached a verbal agreement with Bryzgalov, who once compared the City of Champions to Santa's home sweet home, on a one-year contract, according to NHL.com. The deal came on the heels of a trade between the Oilers and Calgary Flames, which saw goalie prospects Olivier Roy and Laurent Broissoit change teams, earlier Friday.

“I think this will help us, it gives us more depth at the position,” Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said. “This doesn’t mean we’ve turned the page on Devan (Dubnyk). He’s proven he’s an NHL goaltender but this gives us another option.

“We think Bryzgalov is a guy that has a history of being a high performer who we expect will come in here very motivated to show that he can still play at a high level.”

Bryzgalov, a sometimes controversial free spirit in recent years, has been unemployed since being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyer during the off-season. That wiped out most of a nine-year deal he inked in 2011.

The 33-year-old Russian has a 208-149-45 record in 425 career NHL games with a 2.55 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. He also helped the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup in 2007.


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