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2014-15 Minnesota Wild Preview: Shaky Goaltending Genuine Concern

The Minnesota Wild are one of the most talented teams in the league, but suspect goaltending remains a huge roadblock in the team’s quest for playoff glory. Let’s be honest. Any team that invites Ilya Bryzgalov to training camp on a tryout basis has goaltending issues. Josh Harding, who was one of the NHL’s three-best goaltenders when healthy last season, has reportedly been...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wild's goalie situation remains rather muddled

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This isn't even a goalie carousel anymore. Merry-go-rounds are just that. Round. Rhythmic. A rider can easily determine when his or her mechanical steed will rise or fall and what landmarks it will pass at any particular time. It's not a revolving door, either. Those have a way out, eventually. No, the Minnesota Wild remain embroiled in a game of netminder...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild goalie situation still in flux

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have started the season with the same big question as they finished the last one with: Who can they count on in the net? Training camp began Friday with more goalie clarity than earlier in the week, at least. Darcy Kuemper was finally signed, to a two-year, one-way contract worth $2.5 million the night before the first practice. Niklas Backstrom...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

State of Hockey News Podcast: Harding hurt and looming suspension, Bryzgalov and Kuemper’s new deal

My reaction to the two-year, $2.5 million (one-way) contract extension to Darcy Kuemper, as well as the injury and suspension of Josh Harding.  In addition I talk about Ilya Bryzgalov’s chances of making the team.  Enjoy!
Via State of Hockey News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

More Goalie Drama with Harding Injury

Well as if the one question mark couldn't get any worse for the Minnesota Wild, Josh Harding is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Harding, the likely Wild starter, allegedly broke his foot yesterday after kicking a wall.Now we have the problem with who fills his shoes? Kuemper is unsigned and Backstrom is only useful in a back-up role. There are a few options out there as...
Via Goon's World
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ilya Bryzgalov accepts tryout offer from Wild

With news of the Minnesota Wild losing projected No. 1 goalie Josh Harding indefinitely with a fractured foot, the team wasted little time in bringing in some goaltending help. Ilya Bryzgalov has agreed to a professional tryout contract with the Wild and will be with the team when they open camp. Bryzgalov was acquired by the Wild at the trade deadline last season and went 7-1-3...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

It Appears Ilya Bryzgalov Will Be At Camp For The Minnesota Wild

Sources: Ilya Bryzgalov has agreed to a pro tryout with #mnwild. Will arrive tomorrow. 7-1-3, 2.12 GAA down stretch with Wild last season — Michael Russo (@Russostrib) September 17, 2014
Via Kukla's Korner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Snider: Bobrovsky told Flyers he wouldn’t re-sign with them

There’s no question that signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract proved to be a major mistake for the Philadelphia Flyers and it’s one they will literally pay for through 2026-27 after buying out his contract. As bad as that is though, the fact that it also cost them Sergei Bobrovsky might hurt more. The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender won the Vezina Trophy...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Flyers made a “horrible mistake” by signing Ilya Bryzgalov

Most fans and hockey experts have acknowledged – perhaps repeatedly – that the Ilya Bryzgalov experiment in Philadelphia was a disaster of epic proportions. In situations like these, one which forces a contract to be bought out, the team responsible rarely acknowledges the mistake and often never speaks of the player in question. That hasn’t been the case with the Philadelphia...
Via Puck Drunk Love
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Flyers made a “horrible mistake” by signing Ilya Bryzgalov

Most fans and hockey experts have acknowledged – perhaps repeatedly – that the Ilya Bryzgalov experiment in Philadelphia was a disaster of epic proportions. In situations like these, one which forces a contract to be bought out, the team responsible rarely acknowledges the mistake and often never speaks of the player in question. That hasn’t been the case with the Philadelphia...
Via Bloguin Best
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ilya Bryzgalov 'would very much like' to be back with Wild, agent says

Ilya Bryzgalov really enjoyed his time in Minnesota at the end of last season. His arrival to the team was mutually beneficial, as he went 7-1-3 in 12 appearances during the playoff race as the Wild dealt with a litany of goaltending problems last season. In fact, Bryzgalov enjoyed himself so much with the Wild that it sounds like he desperately wants to return to the team next...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Offseason Tracker: Minnesota Wild Edition

The Minnesota Wild are coming off their best playoff performance since 2003. The Wild emerged from the NHL’s toughest division with a playoff spot and knocked off the Colorado Avalanche before putting up a valiant effort before losing in 6 games against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild headed into the off season with a solid core group and a nod of approval from management to coach...
Via Beyond The Benches
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Questons at the goaltending position

#462660157 / gettyimages.comThe Minnesota Wild's goaltending situation has been a subject of discussion. John Kreiser - NHL.com -- Who's the goalie? -- Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper, Ilya Bryzgalov and John Curry (who won his lone late-season start) all had at least one victory in a season of tumult for Minnesota goaltenders . Harding was 18-7-3 with an...
Via Goon's World
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Goalie Questions For The Minnesota Wild

I can finally access KK after almost 9 hours of down time. The problem was not with our host, but something much more major than that. Numerous ISPs had issues today and it was hit or miss if you could get to a website or now. Things seem to be ok now, so on with the show... from John Kreiser of NHL.com, Who's the goalie? -- Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers linked to Kesler, but should stay away

Whenever the Stanley Cup Final rolls around, there are always a couple trade rumors or some free-agent speculation. Inevitably, the Flyers' name comes up. Twice in the past six years, there was traction to the talk: the rumors of Ray Emery's signing with the Flyers, and two years later, Ilya Bryzgalov's, both of which happened. The latest coming out of the Final has...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild may carry 3 goalies, Bryzgalov isn’t one of them

The Minnesota Wild are considering keeping three goaltenders on the roster during the 2014-15 season. Two netminders are already under contract – Niklas Backstrom Josh Harding – and it’s believed that the team will give Darcy Kuemper a new deal. That leaves Ilya Bryzgalov as the odd man out in this three-headed goaltending picture. A team carrying three goalies in the NHL...
Via Bloguin Best
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild may carry 3 goalies, Bryzgalov isn’t one of them

The Minnesota Wild are considering keeping three goaltenders on the roster during the 2014-15 season. Two netminders are already under contract – Niklas Backstrom Josh Harding – and it’s believed that the team will give Darcy Kuemper a new deal. That leaves Ilya Bryzgalov as the odd man out in this three-headed goaltending picture. A team carrying three goalies in the NHL...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild ride for Bryzgalov ends with unlucky bounce

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two bizarre bounces, and the wildest ride yet for Ilya Bryzgalov came to the cruelest of conclusions. Surrounded by a throng of reporters in front of his locker Tuesday night, Minnesota's infamously quirky goaltender spoke plainly, honestly. There were no hilariously short responses to questions, nothing to add to his portfolio of memorable sound bites in thick...
Via Fox Sports North
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s Next For Ilya Bryzgalov?

When Ilya Bryzgalov signed a nine year contract that would keep him in Philadelphia until 2020 it seemed the rest of his career was mapped out.  Things changed.  After two years the Flyers bought out his contract.  That left Bryzgalov without a place to play.  It wasn't until after the season had begun before the Edmonton Oilers signed him to a one year contract.  This was...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke to return Friday: ‘I earned myself an ulcer watching games’

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke served the final game of his seven-game suspension during the team’s 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday and will return for Game 4 on Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Cooke was suspended by the NHL in the first round for a knee-on-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. “The last couple of weeks, I think I earned myself...
Via Sports-Glory
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryzgalov enjoys 'very, very nice' night in shutout victory

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The last time Ilya Bryzgalov tended goal like this, Sean Paul's "Temperature" topped the music charts. "300" ranked as America's most popular feature film. Wild center Mikael Granlund, who scored twice in Minnesota's monumental Western Conference semifinal win Tuesday against Chicago, was 14 years old. The Anaheim Ducks still had...
Via Fox Sports North
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Toews Buries Rebound After Ilya Bryzgalov Stones Marian Hossa

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa find himself all alone after being hit with a stretch pass and Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made a fantastic toe save. Unfortunately for Bryz, Jonathan Toews beat Mikko Koivu to the rebound and he was able to tap it in as Bryzgalov looked around for the rebound. [@myregularface] The post Jonathan Toews Buries Rebound After Ilya Bryzgalov...
Via Diehardsport
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild coach expects strong work from Bryzgalov in Game 2

Whether the Minnesota Wild like it or not, they’ll need to stick with Ilya Bryzgalov in net against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 on Sunday. If nothing else, head coach Mike Yeo is saying all the right things about Breezy, at least to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo. Yeo told Russo that he has a “good feeling” that the 33-year-old netminder will “play well”...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Darcy Kuemper Gets Nod In Goal Over Ilya Bryzgalov For Wild In Game 3

It’ll be Darcy Kuemper’s turn in net Monday night as the Minnesota Wild look to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Colorado Avalanche. Veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov started the series’ first two games for the Wild, allowing eight goals on 45 shots. He was benched late in the second period of Saturday’s 4-2 loss, and Kuemper...
Via NESN.com
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild Makes Changes For Game 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After dropping the first two games in their first round matchup with the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo has made some changes to the lineup for Monday’s game. Ilya Bryzgalov, who was brought in at the trade deadline to help bolster the goaltending for the Wild in the […]
Via Full Scale Sports
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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