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Friday, November 16, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News Alert- Bryz on Waivers

Here is the official Ducks announcement and conference call

The Ducks announced that they have placed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers as of 9 a.m. Friday morning. He has 24 hours from that point (9 a.m. on Saturday) to clear waivers.

If during that period he gets claimed by another team, he would be property of that team. If more than one team claims him, he would go to the team with the lowest percentage of possible standings points in the standings as of 9 a.m. this morning.

If Bryzgalov is not claimed by Saturday at 9 a.m., the Ducks will assign him to their minor league affiliate in Portland.

The 27-year-old Bryzgalov has a 2-3-1 record and a 2.55 goals-against average in nine regular season games this year. He has a career 26-23-7 record with a 2.48 GAA, and a .908 save percentage.

Later Friday morning, the Ducks announced that they have recalled goaltender Jonas Hiller from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hiller, 25 (2/12/82), has appeared in two games for Anaheim this season, posting a 1-1-0 record with a 3.03 goals-against average (GAA) and .885 save percentage (SV%). He secured his first NHL win in his NHL debut, stopping 22-of-23 shots in Anaheim’s 4-1 victory over Los Angeles on Sept. 30 in London, England (NHL Premiere). Hiller has also appeared in six contests for Portland, earning a 3-2-1 record with a 2.11 GAA and .929 SV%. The Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland native is currently sixth in the AHL in GAA and tied for sixth in SV%.

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The OC Register Report

The Ducks placed Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers Friday in an attempt to give their No. 2 goaltender an opportunity to earn a starting job with another NHL team and make room for highly regarded Swiss prospect Jonas Hiller, who has been recalled from American League affiliate Portland, Maine.

Bryzgalov, who has served primarily as the backup to Jean-Sebastien Giguere the past two-plus seasons, said his goodbyes to teammates at Staples Center after Thursday night's 6-3 victory over the Kings. Bryzgalov did not travel with the Ducks to San Jose, where Hiller is expected to join the team today and be available for Saturday night's game against the Sharks.

"We're making this move, first and foremost, to give Ilya Bryzgalov a chance to play," Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. "He's a good guy who's played well for us, but we've committed to the other goaltender."

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The Globe and Mail - What destination Bryzgalov?

One more possible destination for Ilya Bryzgalov, the goaltender put on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks this morning: The Pittsburgh Penguins, who've gotten decent work from back-up Dany Sabourin so far this year, plus some up-and-down play from starter Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins imagine themselves as a playoff team, with quiet Stanley Cup aspirations. Apart from the lack of scoring after Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin this season, their goaltending has been inconsistent - and it's hard to imagine that Sabourin, after bouncing around the minors and the fringes of the NHL these past few years, is capable of putting in time as a No.1 on a consistent basis.

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