Viktor Fasth acquired by Oilers, Ilya Bryzgalov traded

The Edmonton Oilers announced Tuesday that veteran netminder Ilya Brygalov has been sent to playoff contender Minnesota for a fourth-round draft choice, and the Oilers later acquired goalie Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for a pair of picks.

Edmonton makes separate deals involving goalies

Viktor Fasth, seen earlier this season with Anaheim, is in his second NHL season after playing for several years in Europe. (Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press)

The Edmonton Oilers again addressed their goaltending situation on Tuesday, acquiring Viktor Fasth and trading Ilya Bryzgalov in separate deals less than an hour apart.

Fasth was picked up from Anaheim in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a 2015 third-round draft pick.

The 31-year-old Swede surprised in his first NHL season in 2013 with the Ducks. Fasth posted a 15-6-2 record, four shutouts and a .921 save percentage, with a 2.18 goals-against average.

But he's appeared in just five games for Anaheim this season as Jonas Hiller has starred and Frederik Anderson has emerged as the backup.

Edmonton will now go with a tandem of Fasth and Ben Scrivens, signed to a two-year deal on Monday after being acquired in January from the Los Angeles Kings.

When Fasth starts for Edmonton, he'll be the sixth goaltender to see action for the Oilers this season. Edmonton began with a tandem of Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera, both since departed. Journeyman Richard Bachman played three games in net for the Oilers.

Bryzgalov was signed in November by Edmonton after a disastrous first month of the season with the Flyers.

He was traded Tuesday for Minnesota's fourth-round pick in this summer's draft.

"I will do my job as best I can. Making the decisions on who is supposed to play is not my job," Bryzgalov said on a conference call. He added: "I look at this as a great opportunity for me to play, and yeah it's like a new challenge."

The Russian goalie, who turns 34 in June, was looking for work this season after Philadelphia bought out seven of the nine years left on the contract he signed in 2011, under which the Flyers will pay him $23 million US over 14 years.

The deal with the Oilers was for one year and $1.75 million, most of it a signing bonus.

Bryzgalov has a .908 save percentage and 3.01 goals-against average in 20 games this season, with one shutout, the 31st of his NHL career.

Bryzgalov began his career in Anaheim and was put in a position to sign the mammoth deal in Philadelphia after four stellar seasons in Phoenix.

He has a .913 save percentage and 2.57 average in 445 regular-season games, and won four playoff contests during Anaheim's 2007 Stanley Cup run.

With files from The Associated Press


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