An article on Bryz from the OC Register
ANAHEIM -- In addition to securing Jean-Sebastien Giguere's services through the 2010-11 NHL season, the four-year, $24 million contract the Ducks gave their Stanley Cup-winning goaltender in June seemingly punched Ilya Bryzgalov's ticket out of town.
Given the huge financial commitment to Giguere, the Ducks weren't keen on paying another goalie $1.3625 million, Bryzgalov's salary this season, and the earlier signing of highly regarded Swiss import Jonas Hiller certainly provided for a viable and less costly option.
And yet, there was Bryzgalov, starting in net Thursday night when the Ducks opened their seven-game exhibition campaign with a 5-4 loss to the Kings at Honda Center. Bryzgalov stopped 14 of 18 shots while playing the first period and a half.
With the trade market for goalies dry, at least for now, and Giguere recovering from Aug. 6 sports-hernia surgery that could impact his ability to be ready for the Sept. 29 regular-season opener against the Kings in London, Bryzgalov could once again wind up being a key man.
"Who knows what can happen?" Bryzgalov asked. "I have to be ready to play for the Ducks right now."
Bryzgalov has been there before, carrying the ball when injuries sapped Giguere in the 2006 playoffs and again in the final three regular-season games and at the outset of last season's playoffs while Giguere dealt with a medical condition involving his newborn son.
Still, even Ducks general manager Brian Burke expected Bryzgalov to request, if not demand, a trade after the club re-signed Giguere. It never happened.
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Here is more information on the charity work that the Ducks are doing with the Project Playhouse charity.
Every child dreams of what it would be like to be just like their favorite athlete. Experience their name being chanted by a sold out crowd of fans, score the game-winning goal and experience the thrill of victory. This season, one child will have this opportunity as the Anaheim Ducks have partnered with Windstar Communities to build the Ducks Power Playhouse as part of Project Playhouse, a the unique fundraising event that benefits HomeAid Orange County, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates shelters for the transitionally homeless in the community.
The Ducks Power Playhouse is currently on display at
Fashion Islandin Newport Beachand will be available for purchase at the Project Playhouse Auction Party, which will be held October 13th with all proceeds raised benefiting . Also, Project Playhouse will be holding Ducks Day at HomeAid Orange County on September 22nd which will feature special appearances by the Ducks Street Team and Wild Wing. Fashion Island
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