llya Bryzgalov is Traded to The Minnesota Wild for a 4th Round Pick

If Kuemper ever needs an encouraging hug, Bryz has him covered. - Derek Leung

Earlier today, the Wild dealt a 4th round pick in the 2014 draft to get, veteran goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers, thus putting an end to the speculation about the Wild's goalie situation.

Before I get into the details of the trade, it's worth noting that there have been some developments in the Wild's goalie situation per Russo:

Nik Backstrom shut down for the season, says Fletcher

So, with Harding possibly done for the year, and Backstrom definitely done, it's kind of obvious that the Wild needed a goalie. With all the talk about Halak and Brodeur, eventually Fletcher fooled us all and came up with, pending UFA, Ilya Bryzgalov for a 4th round pick.

Here are some thoughts from Fletcher as per Russo:

Fletcher said acquisition price and contract were key for bryzgalov so he could leave door open to maybe do other stuff

Fletcher indicated he was in on other goalies, but he wasn't willing to give up young assets or high picks

Fletcher was w bryzgalov 4 years in Anaheim: "I like Ilya. He's a good guy. He's colorful, etc"

A key aspect of this trade is the fact that the Wild only pick-up around $475k of Bryz's cap hit, leaving Fletch around $3 mil to make other moves.

As for the 4th round pick? It basically equates to nothing. A probable late pick in a weak draft in which the Wild have 9 picks. in a round that has previously given us: Justin Falk, Ryan Jones, Patrick Bordeleau, Kris Foucault etc.

This is a smart trade for a veteran who won't crowd Kuemper, comes at a cheap price, doesn't handcuff the team, is only here til the Summer and might actually help down the line.


So, is Bryz good?

-Here's his 5v5 Sv% for each season in his career so far and where he ranked among regular goalies:

SEASON

GP

TEAM(S)

5v5 Sv%

RANK

2006-07

27

ANA

90.7%

34th-T/44

2007-08

64

ANA/PHX

93.4%

4th/44

2008-09

65

PHX

91.8%

31st-T/47

2009-10

69

PHX

92.8%

8th-T/47

2010-11

68

PHX

93.1%

6th-T/47

2011-12

59

PHI

92.1%

25th/45

2012-13

40

PHI

90.7%

41st/48

2013-14

20

EDM

92.5%

22nd/52


-Here's his rolling 5v5 Sv%:

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  • His career as been very up and down, with his best years occuring while in Phoenix, though even there he had one bad year.
  • His poor play for the Flyers last year resulted in him being bought out of the remaining 7 years of his contract.
  • He's playing quite well for the Oilers, which is surprising considering the reports that he failed to earn a spot with an ECHL team earlier in the season.
  • He seems like the perfect back-up to Kuemper. I imagine he plays around 7 of the last 20 games and is a reasonably competant 2nd option.


    What do you think of this move and the Backstrom situation, Wilderness?
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