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Ilya Bryzgalov | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/22/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 209
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Ilya Bryzgalov would like to return to the Minnesota Wild, according to his agent.
"Ilya would very much like to return to the Wild and further the success the team had down the stretch last year," Ritch Winter said. "It was one of the most satisfying experiences he has had in his career. Ilya loved his teammates in Minnesota, loved the city and loved and appreciated the support he received from the coaching staff and Wild fans. He would love to be a part of helping this team to enjoy the success they had together last year." The problem for the Wild is that their crease is already crowded and the club is preparing to the start the year with three goalies on the roster. Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are expected to return from their respective ailments, while RFA Darcy Kuemper is slated to join them once he gets signed. There probably isn't any room for Minnesota to bring in Bryzgalov too, even though he's willing to accommodate the move the best that he can. Aug 21 - 3:32 PM

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The Pioneer Press is reporting that Ilya Bryzgalov will not return to the Minnesota Wild for the 2014-15 season.

Bryzgalov is eligible for unrestricted free agency and that's the way it looks things will progress as the Wild will go with Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper as their three netminders. Stay tuned as some NHL team should take a shot at the former number one goalie in Phoenix and Philadelphia.
Jun 7 - 8:46 AM

Ilya Bryzgalov is eligible for unrestricted free agency this July and it's unclear if he'll be back in Minnesota.

Still, he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Wild. "I've been so happy here," he said. "I wish we can accomplish more. It is what it is. My personal experience was probably the best team I've played [for], best organization I've been [in]." Coach Mike Yeo was also pleased to have Bryzgalov in the organization. "I'm really proud of him, what he brought to our group," said Minnesota's bench boss. "You know we all heard stories about Bryz and all I can say is this guy was an unbelievable teammate and came into some really tough situations and he was incredibly bought in to our team."
May 15 - 12:55 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov blocked 25 of 27 shots in Minnesota's 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago Tuesday evening at Xcel Energy Center.

Bryzgalov played a solid game and he finished his playoffs with a 3-6-2 record. He also has a 2.63 goal-against average and .885 save percentage. Bryzgalov played a good series against the Blackhawks and Darcy Kuemper probably couldn't play any better, if he would have been healthy.
May 14 - 4:52 AM

Netminder Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced but he and the Minnesota Wild were edged 2-1 by the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series Sunday night.

The Wild now trail the Hawks 3-2 in the series. Game 6 will be played in Minnesota Tuesday night. The home team has won every game of the series thus far. Bryzgalov is 3-5-1 in the post-season. His GAA is 2.78 and his save percentage is .877.
May 12 - 12:15 AM

Although he let in a questionable goal Friday night, Ilya Bryzgalov made a game-changing save on a Patrick Sharp breakaway.

With the game tied at two, Sharp deked on a breakaway but Bryzgalov made a tremendous pad save to keep the puck out of the net. From that point on, the Wild feeding off the energy of that save, dominated and ultimately scored twice to secure the victory. "At the time, you can call it a game-changing save," Zach Parise said. Bryzgalov was acquired as an insurance policy at the trade deadline. With three Minnesota goalies injured at the moment, it looks like his acquisition was a very astute move.
May 10 - 12:28 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 of 20 shots in Minnesota's 4-2 win over Chicago in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series on Friday night.

Bryzgalov continued his solid performance from last game, although he could have easily saved the first Chicago goal. The Russian netminder now has a 2.91 goals-against average with .866 save percentage in the playoffs. Minnesota will face Chicago again on Sunday night and Bryzgalov will likely be between the pitpes again.
May 10 - 2:30 AM

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots he faced in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Chicago in Game 3 of their second round playoff series on Tuesday night.

Bryzgalov played his best game in this year's playoffs and recorded his fourth career playoff shutout but first since 2006. Bryzgalov has to continue to play like this and give the Wild a chance to win this series against the Blackhawks. Bryzgalov still has some ugly numbers in the playoffs with a 3.09 goals-against average and .860 save percentage.
May 7 - 3:34 AM

Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start again for the Wild in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

"He's in the net," coach Mike Yeo said. "We got to find a way to get a win and that's all of us. That's him, but our team too and I'm not going to sit around and wait for another option, for someone else to come in. This is the guy, so let's quit even talking about it. We shouldn't even be talking about who is backing up. [Bryzgalov] is the guy right now and so we have to find a way as a team and as a staff to get a win." Minnesota doesn't have any other options anyway with Darcy Kuemper, Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom injured.
May 5 - 2:18 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 21 shots in Minnesota's 4-1 Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday.

Bryzgalov's performance at times this season was a nice story, but it doesn't appear he'll be a difference-maker for the Wild in this series, and that's obviously not good news for his team's prospects. He has given up seven goals over his last two games. Altogether, he has a 3.90 goals-against average and .830 save percentage during the playoffs. The Wild trail in the series 2-0.
May 4 - 7:43 PM

All eyes will be on Ilya Bryzgalov Sunday afternoon.

He will get the start as Darcy Kuemper is injured. Bryzgalov did not play well Friday night in Game 1 allowing four goals on 21 shots and needs to be much better if Minnesota is to have any chance of defeating the Hawks in Game 2.
May 4 - 12:14 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov will get the nod in Game 2 Sunday afternoon.

He allowed four goals on 21 shots in Game 1 of Round 2 against Chicago, but coach Mike Yeo didn't have a problem with his performance. "I thought he played pretty well and I expect him to play well [Sunday]," Yeo said. "When I looked at the video of that game and that area, I'm not too sure what he could have done on the goals that went in. He's excited for the game and putting pressure on himself. I want everyone to remember that [Game 1] and feel that game but come out with a little more this time around." John Curry will probably remain on his backup, as Darcy Kuemper still hasn't joined the team in Chicago.
May 3 - 6:02 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 21 shots in Minnesota's 5-2 loss to Chicago in Game 1 Friday evening.

Bryzgalov started the game, because Darcy Kuemper is out with an upper-body injury. Bryzgalov has been struggling in the postseason with a 4.16 goals-against average and .821 save percentage. The Wild need Kuemper back as soon as possible.
May 3 - 2:59 AM

Ilya Bryzgalov will play between the pipes on Friday.

Darcy Kuemper is out with an upper-body injury, so the Wild have been backed into this position. Bryzgalov has a 4.25 GAA and .826 save percentage in three playoff games.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 2 - 3:50 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start Game 1 of Round 2 against Chicago on Friday night.

Minnesota didn't update the status of injured goaltender Darcy Kuemper on Thursday, but Bryzgalov should get the nod and John Curry is projected to back him up. The Wild didn't give up many shots against Colorado, but trying to slow down the Blackhawks will be more difficult.

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Matt Cooke
3Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
5Stephane Veilleux
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Nate Prosser
7Jonathon Blum
8Christian Folin
G1Niklas Backstrom
2Josh Harding
3Darcy Kuemper