In what has been quite the whirlwind season for Ilya Bryzgalov took another turn early Tuesday afternoon as the 34-year-old goalie was traded to the Minnesota Wild.
After being bought out of his humongous big contract by Philadelphia last summer, Bryz signed a try-out deal with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. The try-out was just that and a month later, the Togliatti native found himself back in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.
20 games and an 5-8-5 record later, the Bryz’s North American tour continues as Edmonton managed to squeeze a fourth-round pick from the Wild, who’ve been in the market for a net-minder in the past few months.
This is likely Bryz’s last chance to prove he’s worthy of an NHL deal next year as this is simply a rental. His 3.01 goals-against average isn’t helping his cause but then again Edmonton is pretty awful this year.
Bryz will likely share the crease with rookie Darcy Kuemper who has been holding down the fort for the Wild by starting the past 15 games. It’ll be a battle between the two as the team looks probable to make the playoffs for the second straight year.
Perhaps Bryz’s play improves with yet another change of scenery and he preforms to his standards. In 445 games Bryz has 215 wins, 157 losses and 50 OT loses. Hopefully the bear in a forest on his new uniform doesn’t throw him off his game.