Did Edmonton miss out on Ilya Bryzgalov?

What possibly could be the justification in Edmonton, where goaltenders Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman have combined for a dramatically deficient .882 save percentage that has undermined Dallas Eakins’ first month behind an NHL bench, for not offering a contract to free agent Ilya Bryzgalov?

Surviving the goalie nuthouse in Philadelphia should be endorsement enough of Bryzgalov, who sure doesn’t need (and isn’t seeking) a fortune to sign after having been bought out by the Flyers this summer for $23 million over the next 14 years.

When, exactly, did Travis Zajac become such an ordinary player? When Zach Parise left to go home to Minnesota? No, earlier than that.

Watching Ryan Miller Thursday at the Garden keeping his frightfully undermanned Sabres in the match against the Rangers, as was Don Waddell, the former Thrashers’ GM who is on the Team USA Olympic selection committee, the thought occurs the job in goal for the Yanks in Sochi still is likely Silver Miller’s to lose before L.A.’s Jonathan Quick can win it.