Minnesota Wild get Ilya Bryzgalov from Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers had Bryzgalov on a 1 year contract, which meant that the Wild were able to get him with ease. In the last 20 games he has played, Bryzgalov has had a record of 5-8-5 and his average for goals is at a very unimpressive 3.01.
In return for Bryzgalov the Wild have given them the fourth round pick which was responsible for getting Jason Pominville from the Buffalo Sabres.
For now the Wild have their rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper managing the net and has been the starting goaltender for the past 15 consecutive games, meaning that the Wild have been doing with him just fine. As they don’t have Josh Harding and star goaltender Niklas Backstrom full recovered, the reason for acquiring Bryzgalov is meant to serve as backup goaltender.
And they have done the trade with good reason. If anything Backstrom has been plagued by issues of injury throughout the season so having a goaltender serving as backup will ease the tension.
Harding won himself the 2013 Masterton Trophy which was awarded for exemplary sportsmanship, dedication and perseverance. He had been doing great when the season began but after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis he has been absent throughout the 2014 season.
Captain Mikko Koivu said that having Bryzgalov in the roster was a good thing as he had been giving a solid performance in the recent games so they knew they could rely on him.
"Obviously the confidence he has now, you can see that," Koivu said. "The edge he's playing with, it is good to see. He's playing winning hockey right now, so obviously that's a huge part of the team."