ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild has reinforced its goaltending situation, but not in the way that the rumor mill had speculated.
Instead of dealing for New Jersey Devils legend Martin Brodeur or Buffalo short-timer Jaroslav Halak, the Wild acquired veteran Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
The pick that was traded was acquired from Buffalo last season in the trade that brought Jason Pominville to Minnesota.
"Bryzgalov is a quality veteran that adds depth to the goaltending position for our team," said Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher in a written statement.
The Togliatti, Russia native has appeared in 20 games with Edmonton this season, posting a 5-8-5 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. Over his entire NHL career Bryzgalov has posted a 213-157-50 record, with a .913 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average.