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[Waivers] Wild forwards Cody Almond,Stephane Veilleux - Release Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov

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Was more interested in the release of Bryzgalov, and didn't see a topic on either, but it was kind of obvious once the Wild signed Kuemper to a one-way contract, someone had to go. Also looks like ex Canuck Keith Ballard is still hanging in there.

he Minnesota Wild have set their active roster for the regular season by placing centre Cody Almond and left wing Stephane Veilleux on waivers and right wing Justin Fontaine on injured reserve.

The moves were made Monday, meaning rookie defencemen Matt Dumba and Christian Folin were on the team. Veterans Keith Ballard and Nate Prosser were also among the eight players kept on the blueline.


The Minnesota Wild's goaltending picture has been a fuzzy one throughout training camp, but one thing is now for sure: Ilya Bryzgalov is no longer a part of it. The Wild released the veteran goaltender from his professional tryout contract.

It's hardly a surprise to see Bryzgalov go as he was offered his tryout before the team had signed restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper to a new contract. With Kuemper now under contract, there wasn't much need for a safety net, despite projected No. 1 goalie Josh Harding's injury and subsequent suspension.

This move confirms what was already widely assumed, that Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom will be the Wild's goaltending tandem to start the season.

Perhaps he'll be picked up by an NHL team yet, though Bryzgalov may have to wait some time before a team comes calling. He should be used to that since that's exactly how last season went, with Bryzgalov eventually signing a contract with the Edmonton Oilers in November.

For all of his quirks, Bryzgalov as a veteran backup with starter experience isn't the worst option of what's available out there.

In 457 career appearances, Bryzgalov has a 220-158-53 record, .913 save percentage and 2.56 goals-against average. In 32 games between Edmonton and Minnesota last year, Bryzgalov had a 12-9-8 record, .909 save percentage and 2.68 goals-against average. He also saw action in nine playoff games and went 3-6 with a .885 save percentage and 2.63 goals-against average.

Hopefully it's not the end for one of the game's most mystifying personalities. The 34-year-old's career might be nearing its end, but Bryz still knows how to entertain.


Some photos of Bryz with fans taking selfies, when he wasn't playing, at least he was having fun without a contract!

selfie with #bryzgalov. Not the greatest of me...but still epic!



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Only thing worth discussing in this thread is the chick in the first photo..

Question is:

Does Bryz think she's as hot as a Husky?

“Siberian Husky. She’s all white. Beautiful blue eyes. That’s basically blonde girl with blue eyes. Your dream, man. My husky, basically, she’s a hot girl, man.”

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