Ilya Bryzgalov is back in the National Hockey League, after verbally agreeing to a 1-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Yes, the same Oilers that have apparently been after Ryan Miller all season, have completely lost faith in Devan Dubnyk, that they dragged a guy from the depths of nothing, after he last trained for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.
They had to send defenseman Ladislav Smid to the Calgary Flames in order to make room, and Bryz is really going to help them on the D-line, so trading away a D just to pick up a Goalie that they probably won’t have after this season, is baffling.
The Oilers seem to be falling apart at the seams. Jordan Eberle is apparently in talks with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Nail Yakupov is also rumoured to be shopped around, which leaves the Oilers with Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Gagner, and not much else. They only have 10 players on their roster that are signed after this season, so could this mean a clean out in Alberta. Then again, if this was the start of a clean out, why would they bring in a 33 year old Goaltender?
Edmonton is confusing me. They seem to be in worse shape than the Flyers, and that’s saying something.