In addition to LaBarbera's injury, the Ducks learned that defenseman
As Anaheim waits on injured goalie John Gibson to recover from a groin injury, with a return date targeted by mid-to-late December, Ducks goaltender
The current backup is
So bringing in Bryzgalov, 34, provides insurance that could allow Gibson time to reach full health without rushing back.
Bryzgalov and the Ducks have already begun talking contract terms, and his first return appearance on Anaheim ice since being waived in 2007 could come Thursday, when injured players practice at
He will not accompany the Ducks on their two-game trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg, a team spokesman said.
The tryout contract is akin to a mini-training camp session for Bryzgalov to show the Ducks what he can do.
Bryzgalov was a second-round pick of the Ducks in 2000, playing 69 games with a goals-against average of 2.48.
He won three playoff games in the
He later played for Phoenix, Edmonton, Philadelphia and Minnesota, going 7-1 for the
"Anytime you can add depth, it'll be good for us," Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. "Bryz was great when he was here. He enjoys the game. Always a fun guy.
"Hopefully, he realizes he has an opportunity to play in the NHL again. He's proven he can do it, step in and help a team."
"Freddie's a big, strong guy … we'll keep going until we see where everything ends up," Boudreau said.
Of Bryzgalov, he said, "The one thing I do know about him is that he stops the puck .… If he's still in shape, he's a really good goaltender."
Blue-line update: After playing just two games with the Ducks since his Friday trade from Tampa Bay, Brewer, 35, has joined defensemen
"Seems like a new guy every day," Boudreau said of the defensive injuries. "But when you block 28 shots [Monday] and pay the price, you usually win. That's what good, character guys do. It's unfortunate, but that's the sport."
Meanwhile, previously sidelined defensemen
Rookies Josh Manson and