Ducks G Bryzgalov placed on waivers

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —It took longer than expected, but goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is no longer a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

In a somewhat surprising move Friday, the Ducks waived the 27-year-old Bryzgalov.

Many in the sport anticipated that Bryzgalov would be traded this past offseason.

But the reigning Stanley Cup champion Ducks retained Bryzgalov after starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere underwent hernia surgery in August that left him questionable for the start of the season.

In nine appearances - seven starts - this season, Bryzgalov went 2-3-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. The Russian went 10-8-6 with a 2.47 GAA and a .907 save percentage for Anaheim last season.

In a corresponding move, the Ducks recalled goaltender Jonas Hiller from Portland of the American Hockey League.

Hiller has appeared in two games for Anaheim this season, posting a 1-1-0 record with a 3.03 GAA and .885 save percentage. Signed as a free agent on May 25, the 25-year-old spent the 2006-07 season in the Swiss National League.

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Updated Friday, Nov 16, 2007