The Minnesota Wild have acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2014.

Ilya Bryzgalov goes Wild.

Ilya Bryzgalov goes Wild.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the rumors of Martin Brodeur or Jaroslav Halak heading to Minnesota. A good short-term rental for the Wild. Bryzgalov is a UFA this summer and carries an affordable contract for the rest of this season.

It’s clear they wanted an experienced backup for rookie Darcy Kuemper down the stretch. Niklas Backstrom is still hampered by off-season surgery and starter Josh Harding continues to struggle with multiple sclerosis symptoms.

This move also means Harding is probably done for the season. It’s also believed the Oilers could be pursuing another goalie, perhaps Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks. Stay tuned…

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3 Responses to Wild Acquire Bryzgalov.

  1. Konstantine says:

    4th round pick! Did they get a bag of pucks too? LOL I would’ve thought 3rd round at least, he hasn’t played too bad in Edmonton.

  2. Alex says:

    Sadly, I worry that it is not Harding’s season on the line but his career. I suffer from MS as well. The fact is it affects more women than men but in the men they tend to suffer the more severe form of MS. I was amazed and inspired that Harding was continueing has NHL career. I know for myself how difficult it is when all my symptoms get worse if my body temperature rises, so I can only imagine what it must be like as a pro athlete. One of the most common first symptoms of MS is dislopia, or double vision. This is he’ll on hand-eye coordination important for an athlete more so for a goalie. Given how slim the difference between being a top NHLer and a top AHLer it is understandable if Harding retires after this season.Her’s hoping Harding is able to continue his career. I wish him all the best and he will continue to inspire regardless.

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