Ilya Bryzgalov’s tenure with the Edmonton Oilers has come to an end.

On Tuesday, a day before the NHL trade deadline, the Oilers sent the Russian goaltender to the Minnesota Wild for a fourth-round pick in order to make room for Viktor Fasth, acquired from the Anaheim Ducks earlier in the day.

“It was a great opportunity for me to play here,” Bryzgalov said. “I was very excited to be part of the organization. I met a lot of new, great people here. I can’t say enough good things about the fans and people who live in this city, I really enjoyed my time here.”

Signed as a free agent in November, Bryzgalov, 33, played in 20 games for the Oilers, posting a 5-8-5 record with a 3.01 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

Bryzgalov had been looking for work after being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers this summer, two years into a nine-year, $51-million contract.

“In the beginning it was very good,” Bryzgalov said of his play with the Oilers. “Then there were a couple of games in the middle that weren’t very good. That’s probably because of missing training camp and that other stuff. I think my last few of games, the last five or six, were good. I felt sharp and I felt good.”

The Wild were in the market for a goaltender with starter Niklas Backstrom battling a sports hernia and backup Josh Harding struggling with multiple sclerosis. Depending on Backstrom’s status, Bryzgalov could become Minnesota’s new starting goaltender.

“It’s a new challenge, a great opportunity to play for a team battling for a playoff spot,” Bryzgalov said “I’m glad I have the opportunity to be with a playoff team, battling for the playoffs. I hope we are able to make the playoffs and do some damage there and compete for the Stanley Cup. It’s a great opportunity. I will do everything in my power to give the team the best chance to win.”

Bryzgalov became expendable when the Oilers signed Ben Scrivens to a two-year, $4.6-million extension then traded for Fasth, who was on a conditioning assignment with the Northfolk Admirals of the AHL, recovering from a lower-body injury.

“I’m at the age right now where I’m just focusing on my job and am not paying attention too much about the surroundings and the rumours and all that other stuff,” Bryzgalov said. “I had a great conversation with Craig (MacTavish). He’s a very good person. He explained some things to me, I said I appreciated the opportunity for letting me play here, it was a great conversation.