Ilya Bryzgalov clears waivers; Ducks summon Jason LaBarbera

The Ducks recall goalie Jason LaBarbera after Ilya Bryzgalov clears waivers

Veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov cleared waivers Monday morning, and he’ll discuss his future with the Ducks in a meeting with General Manager Bob Murray later in the day, the team announced.

Bryzgalov, 34, was waived Sunday morning after going 1-4-1 since being signed by Murray as a free agent for $1.9 million in December.

John Gibson, 21, left the ice first at the Ducks’ morning skate Monday and will make his sixth consecutive start Monday night when Anaheim meets the Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center.

Though injured starter Frederik Andersen (head/neck) practiced Monday, he’s still not ready to play, so the Ducks recalled veteran Jason LaBarbera from minor-league Norfolk to serve as backup.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Andersen should be ready to play “before week’s end.”

As for Bryzgalov, Monday's meeting appears aimed at establishing if he has a future as an NHL player. The Ducks used three goalies in the playoffs last season and have privately said that Bryzgalov could provide some insurance value by the postseason, given his playoff experience.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. Things work out, and sometimes they don’t,” Boudreau said, wanting to postpone further comment until Murray speaks to the Bryzgalov camp. “It’s always a gamble. Bob’s going to take care of it.”

WHAT ABOUT LABARBERA?: The veteran goalie is 7-10-2 in 22 games with minor-league Norfolk, with a 2.42 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. LaBarbera said he’s playing sound.

The 35-year-old is 2-0-1 in five games with Anaheim and has beaten the Kings this season. He said his recent showings in Norfolk have him feeling “the best I’ve felt in a long time, nice to be a guy that’s counted on, feeling part of something.”

Should Bryzgalov and the Ducks part ways, LaBarbera would be in line as a third goalie down the road.

“My game has been well, I feel good,” LaBarbera said. “I’ve changed some things in my game and feel comfortable.”

He was dispatched from Norfolk’s game in Bridgeport, Conn., and got to his hotel room at 4:15 a.m. Monday, after playing Friday and Saturday in Worcester, Mass.

“No idea what’s going on. ... I feel like I’m in la-la land,” LaBarbera said.

PERRY, KESLER STICKING TOGETHER: It appears from Monday’s skate that the second line will for a third consecutive game include center Ryan Kesler and the Ducks’ leading goal scorer, Corey Perry.

“A little better playing with him than against him,” Kesler said. “Obviously, it’s going to take some time if it sticks -- who knows if it will? -- but we’ve played decent the last couple of games and can definitely play better. We complement each other well; both like shooting the puck. Both like going to the hard areas.”

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