A lot to get to, so let's get going!
Wild acquires Bryzgalov from Oilers; Backstrom shut down | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- We'll get to the Wild's big move of the day, but right now, let's talk about the other goalie shake-up for today. The Wild have been so intent on acquiring goaltending help not because they've no trust in Backstrom, but he's been injured to the point where the Wild are shutting him down. It's been a lost season for Backstrom, who we're now hearing may never have been fully healthy at any point in the season. It looks like the Wild will be relying on him playing some role in net next season, so he needs to get healthy.
Wild adds goalie depth in Bryzgalov; Backstrom shut down | Star Tribune- The Wild may have some more moves up their sleeves. They've got Heatley, Brodziak, and Mitchell that may be traded, and are apparently sniffing around Drew Stafford.
Bryzgalov deal gives Wild room to make more moves - TwinCities.com- The Wild are able to add about 3 million dollars of salary at the trade deadline. This pretty much includes any player.
Bryzgalov to Wild, Fasth to Oilers, as Edmonton continues to juggle goalies | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Fasth was a more appealing option, but he was also more expensive, and adds to a goaltending logjam next season.
Wild Acquires Ilya Bryzgalov, Signs Zack Mitchell- Zack Mitchell is regarded as a pretty solid two-way player in the OHL, where he played for the Guelph Storm. The Wild have added him as well as WHL player Brady Brassat in an effort to add to their minor league prospects.
The Team of 18,001: Wild Acquire Ilya Bryzgalov- I guess I should opine on the day's big news, huh? I love this trade for Bryzgalov. They trade a fourth round pick for him, which is far from guaranteed to turn into anything. Bryzgalov gets a lot of flak for melting down in Philadelphia, but when he played in front of defensive teams in Phoenix and Anaheim, he was a very good goalie. The Wild have a pretty good defensive structure, so I don't anticipate that being a problem. And if it is? Who cares? Unless Kuemper gets hurt, Bryzgalov isn't starting a lot of games anyway. And if he can re-gain his form? All the better for the Wild. This is a low-risk move with some reward. A sneaky good move by Chuck Fletcher, who gets what he wanted while paying a minimal price. Kudos also has to go to Darcy Kuemper, who made it easier for Fletcher to make a deal that didn't require giving up a ton in return.
Bryzgalov deal curious choice for Wild - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN- This is mostly pointing out his playoff struggles. I'm not worried. If all goes well, he won't be starting many playoff games, anyway.
The Team of 18,001: The Good and Bad of Available Goalies- A moot point now, but you can read up a bit about Bryz!
Martin Brodeur’s last start for Devils before Minnesota Wild trade? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Nope. That wasn't it. Not the "Minnesota Wild" part, anyway.
Off the Trail
Roberto Luongo finally traded by Canucks to Florida Panthers, ending 3-year soap opera | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Vancouver really came off of their previous asking prices, and sent Luongo to Florida, for basically just Jacob Markstrom, who in fairness, is a really good goalie prospect. They had 0 (zero) leverage.
Roberto Luongo trade to Florida Panthers brings goalie full circle - ESPN- Luongo started his career in Florida, and was traded to Vancouver in a disastrous Todd Bertuzzi trade. Payback's a bitch.
Initial Reaction: Trading Roberto Luongo doesn’t exactly leave the Canucks in tatters | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- With Ryan Kesler to be moved, and the Luongo contract not hovering above them, Vancouver isn't in all that bad of shape, Justin Bourne opines.
Capitals acquire Dustin Penner; Ducks loading up for something bigger? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Anaheim cleared space to make a big move. Thomas Vanek is the name that's floating around.
Flyers acquire Andrew MacDonald from Islanders for two draft picks, prospect | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Philadelphia gets a stay-at-home defenseman to rent.
NHL Trade Deadline 2014: Your guide to the big names in play | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- A look at what moved, and what's left.
Dos and Don’ts of the NHL Trade Deadline "- A basic guide to trading at the deadline.
Ducks setting up for Vanek?- Are they?
SI.com NHL trade deadline deal matchmaker | Home Ice - SI.com- I never thought of the possibility of Adam Larsson being traded. I would be interested, as I think the Wild could really, really, really use another potentially good young defenseman in the system.
‘Hawks acquire Rundblad, Brisebois from Coyotes | ProHockeyTalk- And this would have been an opportunity to get one. I really like Rundblad, and the price was a second round pick. The second the Wild have from Winnipeg would have bested the offer from Chicago. So why didn't they do it? I know that he's been given up on by three different teams, but there's some definite reclamation project potential in Rundblad. It would have been nice to see Fletcher take a flier here instead of Chicago.
Cory Conacher waived by Ottawa Senators as trade deadline anniversary present | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- A potential name to pluck off the waiver wire?
To beat St. Louis in playoffs you’re going to have to score – good luck with that | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Yeah. The Wild are tracking to face them in the playoffs. That doesn't seem fun.
5 teams that are a deadline tweak away from moving to the next level | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- The Wild are apparently not a deadline tweak away...