St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Wild released goaltender and 2014 playoff hero Ilya Bryzgalov from his professional tryout contract on Monday.
Bryzgalov, acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on March 5, finished last season with a 7-1-3 record, 2.12 goals-against average and three shutouts in 12 appearances for Minnesota. He went 3-6 in nine postseason appearances, but stopped the only shot he faced in relief of Darcy Kuemper during a series- clinching, 5-4, Game 7 overtime victory in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.
The 34-year-old Russian backstop was an unrestricted free agent and signed his PTO on Sept. 17.
In other moves, the Wild placed forward Justin Fontaine on injured reserve, retroactive to Sept. 27, with a lower-body injury; placed forwards Stephane Veilleux and Cody Almond on waivers and assigned forwards Joel Rechlicz and Kurtis Gabriel to Iowa of the AHL.
Fontaine, 26, totaled 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games during his rookie campaign.
Veilleux totaled three goals in 34 games for Minnesota last season, his eighth with the franchise.