With a flurry of activity leading up to the NHL trade deadline, the Minnesota Wild have acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The pick was originally acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on April 13, 2013, as part of the deal that brought Jason Pominville to the Wild last year.
“Bryzgalov is a quality veteran who adds depth to the goaltending position for our team,” said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.
Bryzgalov a native of Russia, has had a lengthy tenure in the NHL, but found himself bouncing from team to team in recent seasons. Playing 445 NHL games throughout 12 seasons with Anaheim, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Edmonton posting a 213-157-50 record with a 2.57 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 31 shutouts.
Perhaps a jump into the wild will be exactly what is needed for the 33-year-old.
The NHL trade deadline comes at 3 p.m. EST tomorrow and the flurry of activity is just heating up.