SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (pronounced IHL-yah breez-GAH-lahf) from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
“Bryzgalov is a quality veteran who adds depth to the goaltending position for our team,” said Fletcher.
Bryzgalov, 33 (6/22/80), has appeared in 445 NHL games during 12 seasons with Anaheim, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Edmonton, posting a 213-157-50 record with a 2.57 goals-against average (GAA), .913 save percentage (SV%) and 31 shutouts. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound native of Togliatti, Russia, won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and represented Russia at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympics.
Bryzgalov was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2010 after totaling a career high 42 wins in 2009-10 with Phoenix, posting a 42-20-6 record, a 2.29 GAA, .a 920 SV% and eight shutouts in 2009-10. This season, he recorded a 5-8-5 record, 3.01 GAA, .908 SV% and one shutout in 20 games with Edmonton, and earned a 1-1-0 record, 3.03 GAA, .880 SV% in two games with Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Minnesota originally acquired the fourth-round draft pick from the Buffalo Sabres on April 3, 2013, as part of the deal that brought RW Jason Pominville to the Wild.