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Wild Acquires Bryzgalov

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild


With tomorrow's National Hockey League Trade Deadline Day looming, the Minnesota Wild has made a move to add depth in the net.

The Wild has acquired goaltender 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.

"It's a new challenge and a great opportunity with a team challenging for a playoff spot," Bryzgalov told OilersTV. The netminder said he'll do everything in his power to give the Wild the best chance to win.

In his NHL career, Bryzgalov has won 213 games, with a career .913 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average and 31 shutouts in stints with Anaheim, Phoenix, Flyers and Edmonton. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound netminder won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and represented Russia at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympics. He will wear number 30 with Minnesota.

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

The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday at 2 p.m. Wild.com will have a Trade Deadline Day Tracker going live tomorrow, keeping fans up-to-date on all the action around the league.

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