Minnesota Wild Acquire Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov

Updated: 03/06/2014 5:17 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long

Ilya Bryzgalov has played 445 games in the NHL, including two seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Ilya Bryzgalov has played 445 games in the NHL, including two seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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After rumors linking them to Martin Brodeur and Jaroslav Halak, the Minnesota Wild traded for Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on Tuesday.

In exchange, Edmonton gets a fourth-round pick belonging to the Buffalo Sabres in this summer's draft. The Wild obtained Buffalo's pick in the deal that brought Jason Pominville to Minnesota last season.

"Bryzgalov is a quality veteran that adds depth to the goaltending position for our team," Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.

With both Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom ailing, the Wild were almost assured to be in the market for a backup to Darcy Kuemper ahead of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

Bryzgalov just signed on with Edmonton earlier this season posting a .905 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average in 20 games.

The 33-year old Russian has played 445 career NHL games with prior stops in Philadelphia, Phoenix and Anaheim - where he won a Stanley Cup in 2006-07.

Bryzgalov has a career .913 save percentage and a 2.57 goals against average.

He is scheduled to make $2.27 million this season, after which he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

He had signed a 9-year, $51M deal with Philadelphia, but was cut in a contract amnesty move after last season.