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Oilers shuffle goalies (again): Bryzgalov traded to Minny, Fasth to Edmonton

Mar 4, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers have traded goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Bryzgalov is a pending unrestricted free agent with a .908 save percentage in 20 appearances this season. The 33-year-old was signed as a free agent in November, in what was seen at the time as a desperation move by the Oilers.

Meanwhile, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register was the first to report that the Oilers have acquired goalie Viktor Fasth from the Ducks, apparently for a fifth-rounder in 2014 and a third in 2015.

Fasth was a revelation early last season, but has struggled in limited appearances for Anaheim this season. The 31-year-old is signed through next season for a cap hit of $2.9 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.

The Oilers also signed goalie Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract extension yesterday.

For Anaheim, the Fasth trade makes sense if they intend to re-sign their pending UFA netminder Jonas Hiller. And even if they don’t, they have young goalies Frederik Andersen and John Gibson in the system.

For Minnesota, Bryzgalov gives them insurance, and possibly even a starter, for the playoffs. Darcy Kuemper has played well of late, but is still inexperienced. Niklas Backstrom has struggled with inconsistency and injuries, and Josh Harding has been forced to deal with complications from MS.

  1. guitarisgood4u - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    As a Wild and Bryzgalov fan, you heff no idea how happy this makes me.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Doesn’t Bryz’s agent know that there are bears in Minny.

  2. bucrightoff - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Oilers going with the “Well if we acquire enough possible starting goalies one of them is bound to work out…right?” strategy.

    • thailer35 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Same strategy they’ve used for number one overall draft picks.

    • kclovesgaming - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Bah. Being an Oil fan is so frustrating. 😦

  3. hockey412 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I would think that means they definitely want to re-sign Hiller, yeah. Bryz always seems to remain relevant somehow, I’ll give him that.

  4. bcsteele - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Sorry…I think Halak would have been a better choice Minny. Time will tell though.

    • bluesdroogie - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      gotta feel a little bad for halak at this point. Gets traded, then the team he is sent to is trying to send him elsewhere. Wonder where stewart will end up, Ny for Callahan?

    • lordfletcher - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Halak would have cost more and this trade shows Kuemper is their guy the rest of the year. Trading for Halak, Marty or Briz doesn’t matter at all really. If Kuemper goes down, the season is lost. Halak is not as good as many think. IMO

  5. jpelle82 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    so much for halak to minnesota i guess…cant imagine this is the better scenario in any minnesota fan’s mind though the price seems about right…

    • mp1131211 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Better than Halak. This is insurance just in case 1) a surprise deep playoff run happens and 2) Keumper needs a night or nights off. Bryz, barring any surprise career ending warm-up injures for Keumper, will be gone next year, I would think

  6. greej1938l - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Bcsteel…halak would have been better yeah…but tough to tell how much would have been given up…that would have told us if the deal would have been better or not

  7. runhigh24 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Hopefully Minnesota has nicer parks than Edmonton.

    • guitarisgood4u - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Not sure about Edmonton, but we heff lots of nice parks and lakes here in Minnesota.

  8. lbeezyse - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Hmm the Bryz trade to the Wild leads me to believe Fletcher has something else up his sleeve. Maybe for a top 4 D-man? Armed with an extra 2nd and many youngsters anything is possible at this point. I assume Buff wanted too much for Halak and Fletcher walked away from the table.

  9. 950003cups - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    What possible good would ever come out of having Bryzgalov on the ice?

  10. porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM


  11. porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    LOL not a great goalie by any stretch.. Wild would of been better with Halak for sure. Bryz is a head case.

    • lordfletcher - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Wild would be better off with Crosby and Stamkos too but this isn’t fantasy hockey hot shot

  12. JoeAvg - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Like all the Santa hats. Is Bryz a believer?

    Say what you want, but I like this guy. Perhaps not on my hockey team, but he would welcome at a party at my house anytime.

  13. earpaniac - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I think the Oilers have done a pretty good job upgrading their goalies on the fly, at the very least you have to admit theyre better off now than the beginning of the year.

  14. ibieiniid - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    how did EDM pull off that deal with the Ducks tho? a high 3rd and high 5th is not worth Fasth, IMO.

  15. slickvb82 - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I like this, much better than Brodeur or Halak. For the cost, knowing we can hopefully ride Kuemper and his stellar play right now, whats the point of giving up so much for either of those other guys? Hopefully we can make another move on D depth before the deadline with extra cap room now.

  16. mcphillthy - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Next destination for bryz after he fails in Minnesota…. The KHL

  17. infieldhit - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Ducks seem to have a history of dealing away steady backup goalies for nothing more than low draft picks, including Bryzgalov.

  18. yetidad - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    At least Bryz wll give Russo something interesting/odd to write about other than leg injury after leg injury caused by blocking shots! The real question is, how do the Wild get Backstrom and Harding off the payroll sooner than later? Feel bad for Harding but his future is not looking so hot right now as an NHL goalie.

  19. purpleguy - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Huh, Buffalo and NJ must have been asking too much.

  20. hardkor07mn - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I believe fletcher is going to go after Vanek. With that said he went the cheaper route with Bryz.

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