Wild surprise trade for Bryzgalov leaves Brodeur out in the cold

So much for Martin Brodeur heading off to wear a different team's Christmas sweater. The goaltender, who is in his final two months of his last contract, was attached to the Wild via rumors – but apparently those rumors aren't worth the Twitter they were tweeted on. The Minnesota Wild have effectively ended the Niklas Backstrom era by trading just a fourth round pick to the Edmontom Oilers for Ilya Bryzgalov.

The bear-fearing goalie will now be playing for a team with a bear-like thing as a mascot. I hope this works out for everyone.

Presumably Edmonton wanted less for an expendable asset than New Jersey wanted for their franchise players. The Oilers acquired Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks, who are overloaded with talent in net right now, and that was the catalyst for getting Bryzgalov to the Central Division.

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