NHL notes: Flyers meeting with Bryzgalov

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save against the Flames in Glendale, Ari., March 10, 2011. (RICK...

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save against the Flames in Glendale, Ari., March 10, 2011. (RICK SCUTERI/Reuters)

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Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will meet with Philadelphia Flyers brass Thursday.

Bryzgalov, acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes last week for minor-leaguer Matt Clackson and a third-round pick in 2012, and his agent, Ritch Winter, will meet with general manager Paul Holmgren, coach Peter Laviolette and goalie coach Jeff Reese in Philadelphia, according to Philly.com. It will be the first time the Flyers front office has met with the 31-year-old, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The report says the Flyers are optimistic they can sign Bryzgalov, who is looking for a long-term contract. Holmgren said the goalie "sounded pretty excited" when they talked by phone recently.

In other Flyers news, winger Tom Sestito has agreed to terms on a new deal. Sestito, acquired from Columbus last season, confirmed the deal on Twitter.

Bowman back in black

The Chicago Blackhawks extended the contract of senior advisor of hockey operations Scotty Bowman Wednesday.

Bowman, the NHL's all-time leader in coaching wins and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, joined the Blackhawks in 2008. Bowman's son, Stan, is vice-president and general manager of the Blackhawks.

The 'Hawks also promoted Marc Bergevin to assistant GM, Norm Maciver to director of player personnel and Kyle Davidson to hockey administration coordinator.

"As an organization we're fortunate to have the depth of talent available that allows us to promote from within," Stan Bowman said.

Bergevin fills the vacancy left when Kevin Cheveldayoff was hired as GM by the Winnipeg franchise. Maciver takes over Bergevin's previous job.

Window opens for Oil

If the Edmonton Oilers want to buy out Sheldon Souray instead of burying him in the minors for another season, their chance is coming.

A two-week window of opportunity for buying out the defenceman's massive contract opens Wednesday. There's a good chance the Oilers will cut ties with Souray, who has one season left on a five-year, $27 million contract he signed in 2007.

According to oneline reports, a buyout would cost the Oilers $3 million.

Souray spent the 2010-11 season in the minors. he had four goals and 15 assists in 40 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL but was injured for a large chunk of the season.

Blues ink forward

Vladimir Sobotka signed a three-year contract extension Wednesday with the St. Louis Blues.

The contract is worth US$3.9 million, according to online reports.

The 23-year-old forward had career highs this past season with 65 games played, seven goals, 29 points and 69 penalty minutes.

New Team Canada in works

Hockey Canada has invited 42 players to the national men's under-18 selection camp July 30-Aug. 2 in Calgary.

The 24 forwards, 14 defencemen and four goalies will compete for a spot on Canada's entry in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Lightning re-signs centre

Free agent centre Mike Angelidis signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday.

Angelidis, a native of Woodbridge, Ont., had 20 goals and 18 assists in 80 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL in 2010-11. He's played 315 AHL games in a five-year pro career.

Avs ink scorer

The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Joakim Lindstrom to a one-year contract Wednesday.

Lindstrom led the Swedish Elite League in scoring in 2010-11. The 27-year-old had 28 goals, 32 assists and 134 penalty minutes in 54 games with Skelleftea.

"We are pleased to have Joakim under contract," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said. "With his combined experience in the NHL and Swedish Elite League, he will provide depth to our roster."

A former second-round draft pick (2002) of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Lindstrom has played 81 games in the NHL.

Horacheck moves up

The Nashville Predators gave Peter Horacheck a new title Wednesday, bumping him up from assistant coach to associate coach.

Horacheck has been part of the Predators coaching staff since 2003. Prior to that, he was coached Nashville's AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

"Peter has brought great energy, passion and knowledge to our coaching staff for the last seven seasons," Preds general manager David Poile said. "He has played a significant role in our overall success, including the development of so many homegrown players. He is very deserving of this promotion."

The Predators also signed defenceman Teemu Laakso to a two-year, two-way contract. Laakso spent most of the 2010-11 season with Milwaukee.

Wallin headed home

Niclas Wallin won't be back with the San Jose Sharks next season, opting to head home instead.

The 36-year-old defenceman, a veteran of 11 NHL seasons, will play with Lulea of the Swedish Elite League. Wallin had three goals and five assists in 74 games with the Sharks this season.

"We thank Niclas for his years of service with the San Jose Sharks," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "He made a family decision to return home to finish his career and we have great respect for him as man and as a player."

Caps re-sign D-man

Minor-league defenceman Patrick McNeill signed a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals Wednesday.

McNeill, a fourth-round draft pick in 2005, has played for the Hershey Bears of the AHL the last four seasons. He had seven goals and 20 assists in 51 games with Hersey in 2010-11.


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