Wild give up fourth-round draft pick to acquire goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
The Minnesota Wild were neck-deep in rumors Tuesday that they'd sign a goalie. One report said it would be Martin Brodeur, another said Jaroslav Halak.
Here's the press release from the Wild:
The Wild has acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov">Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The pick was acquired from Buffalo last season in the trade that brought Jason Pominville to Minnesota.
"Bryzgalov is a quality veteran who adds depth to the goaltending position for our team," Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said.
The Togliatti, Russia native has appeared in 20 games with Edmonton this season, posting a 5-8-5 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. In his NHL career, Bryzgalov has posted a 213-157-50 record, with a .913 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average.
A fourth-rounder seems a fair price to pay for a backup goalie. It seems likely that rookie Darcy Kuemper will continue to get the starting nod in net. Bryzgalov provides insurance in net, as Niklas Backstrom has struggled with performance and health, and hasn't started a game in more than a month. Josh Harding continues to be sidelined as he battles multiple sclerosis.
Bryzgalov is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. As a result of a contract amnesty, the Philadelphia Flyers owe Bryzgalov a little more than $1.6 million each year through the 2026-27 season, according to Capgeek.com.
The Wild still have about $3.1 million in cap space, according to Capgeek, if they want to make yet another move before Wednesday's 2 p.m. trade deadline.