Bryzgalov will likely go to Oklahoma City for some conditioning because he hasn’t played a single game this year after the Flyers bought him out of his nine-year, $51-million contract two years in.
Devan Dubnyk is still the incumbent, but Bryzgalov will push him. Dubnyk’s stats are well below last year’s very solid numbers — .920 SV% and 2.57 GAA. Bryzgalov could share goaltending duties the rest of the way, with both contracts ending after the season. “He’s had a high level of play in the past (with the Phoenix Coyotes). I believe he’ll be highly motivated on a short contract. Just salary, no bonuses,” said Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. Jason LaBarbera will stay with Edmonton, for now, as Dubnyk’s backup. Bryzgalov will likely need several games with the Barons to get up to speed.