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Wild acquire Ilya Bryzgalov for depth in goal from Oilers, with Backstrom, Harding out

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 2:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Wild acquire Ilya Bryzgalov for depth in goal from Oilers, with Backstrom, Harding out

The Minnesota Wild have acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (IHL'-yuh brihs-GAH'-lahf) from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

The Wild announced the trade on Tuesday, one day before the NHL deadline for dealing.

The 33-year-old Russian has a 5-8-5 record in 20 games for the Oilers this season with a 3.01 goals-against average. His save percentage is .913. Bryzgalov has 38 games of playoff experience over five postseasons with Anaheim, Phoenix and Philadelphia.

The pick sent to Edmonton was originally acquired last year from Buffalo in the trade that brought Jason Pominville to Minnesota.

Rookie Darcy Kuemper has started 15 straight games in goal for the Wild, so Bryzgalov is more for insurance with Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding not at full strength.

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