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
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Minnesota Wild: Questons at the goaltending position

#462660157 / gettyimages.comThe Minnesota Wild's goaltending situation has been a subject of discussion. John Kreiser - -- 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
7 days ago  |  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, Who's the goalie? -- Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy...
Via Kukla's Korner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Is it possible for the Flyers to trade Lecavalier?

Coach Craig Berube struggled to find a suitable place for center Vinny Lecavalier. General Manager Ron Hextall could be facing a similar challenge. TSN hockey analyst Darren Dreger reported the Flyers are now interested in dealing the 34-year-old center after just one year in Philadelphia, and with the organization fresh out of compliance buyouts (see: Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 13, 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 have big decisions to make at goaltender

The most amazing part of the Minnesota Wild's late-season charge to the second round of the playoffs is now the biggest offseason priority. Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher is embarking on another busy offseason, flush with salary cap space and more important decisions for a team that took another step in its development this past season. Top of mind for Fletcher is the...
Via Fox Sports North
May 23, 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 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 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

Wild and Bryzgalov back in series with 4-0 win in St. Paul

Ryan Suter tries to defend Chicago’s Patrick Sharp.   People handle surprises in different ways.  Now there are the good surprises like a party.  They’re fun, and often show ingenuity of the people who plan the party.  They had to find a way to invite all the guests without the guest of honor knowing and find a venue for the party.  Some surprise parties are easier to...
Via State of Hockey News
May 06, 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...
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

Wild pins playoff hopes on Bryzgalov

Like the “humongous” universe he was so fascinated by during HBO’s ‘‘24/7,’’ the Ilya Bryzgalov YouTube library is vast and endless. Type his name into the search field, and you’ll find out Bryz- galov is afraid of bears in the forest. You’ll hear how the Wild goaltender thinks Siberian huskies with blue eyes look like beautiful blondes. You’ll watch him dive...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Eight Storylines For The Playoffs

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, A welcome Bryz Ilya Bryzgalov was on the NHL scrap-heap last fall after being bought out by Philadelphia, where he failed to stabilize the Flyers’ goaltending. In October, he tried out with the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers; a month later the Edmonton Oilers took a chance and signed him to a contract. Going nowhere, the Oilers flipped...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ilya Bryzgalov’s Strange Fall Results In Early Goal By Rich Clune (GIF)

Ilya Bryzgalov has silenced most critics by picking up seven wins since his recent trade to the Minnesota Wild, but his bizarre performance Sunday against the Nashville Predators has fans wondering if he will crack under the pressure in the playoffs. Bryzgalov skated outside of the net in the first period to play the puck, but he became so overwhelmed by the approaching Predators...
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators pour on offense in season finale

The Predators finished strong, even if was for naught. Craig Smith had two goals and two assists, and the Predators used a second-period barrage against goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to beat the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild 7-3 on Sunday. The Wild wrapped up the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference earlier in the week, so there were few motivators other than the maintenance of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ilya Bryzgalov is ready for the playoffs

Via Barry Melrose Rocks
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ilya Bryzgalov Goes To Play Puck, Falls Down, Gives Up Goal

Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov went to play the puck against the Nashville Predators and it went as poorly as possible. Bryzgalov caught a rut and fell down, sliding into the corner as the Preds put the puck into the empty net. Not a good look right before the playoffs. [@cjzero] The post Ilya Bryzgalov Goes To Play Puck, Falls Down, Gives Up Goal appeared first on Diehardsport.
Via Diehardsport
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ilya Bryzgalov: The Minnesota Wild’s Savior

Ilya Bryzgalov has the Minnesota Wild gearing up for the playoffs (via The injury-plagued Minnesota Wild have found their way to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in franchise history. The Wild have made the playoffs despite dismal special teams play and the league’s 27th ranked offense. The terrific defensive play of both All-Star Ryan Suter and rookie...
Via Grandstand University
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild secures 7th seed in Stanley Cup Playoffs

And to think the Minnesota Wild were in jeopardy of missing the playoffs just two weeks ago. A gritty shootout victory against the Boston Bruins propelled the Wild to the 7th seed in the Western Conference late Tuesday evening and this squad looks capable of pulling a first round upset. Forward lines are beginning to mesh at just the right time and Ilya Bryzgalov continues to shine...
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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