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Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans to pass time on the bench (pics)


After helping lead the team into the playoffs last season after being a late roster addition, the Minnesota Wild brought back Ilya Bryzgalov for a training camp tryout heading into this season, partly due to the uncertainty of the team’s goaltending situation.

During Monday night’s exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Bryzgalov passed the time riding the bench by taking photos with Wild fans.

Via Mike Russo’s game notes in the Star Tribune:

Throughout the third period, backup goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, on a tryout, sat on the bench taking selfies with fans through the glass. In fact, such a large line amassed, ushers put an end to it.

“What’s he think, he’s a model?” joked equipment manager Tony DaCosta, who stood next to him. “Then he starts waving them all down! Then he throws his [toque] on the ice when Pommer gets his hat trick!”

The Wild beat the Penguins by a score of 4-1, courtesy of Jason Pominville’s natural hat trick in the third period, but the real winners had to be the Wild fans who got the chance to enjoy a bizarrely random moment with the quirky Bryzgalov, who clearly knows how to have a good time, whether or not he’s between the pipes or not.

Bryzgalov is considered a long shot at best to crack the roster, given that the Wild has Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper ahead of him on the depth chart, along with an injured Josh Harding waiting in the wings. But that does not mean Bryzgalov, a notoriously eccentric fellow, won’t enjoy himself while he’s on the roster.