Coyotes deal Bryzgalov to Flyers

Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov plays against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.,...

Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov plays against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., Oct. 25, 2010. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

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The Philadelphia Flyers may have landed the No. 1 goalie they've been trying to find.

The Flyers acquired Ilya Bryzgalov from the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday, giving them the exclusive negotiating rights with the netminder before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Coyotes got a third-round pick in 2012, soon-to-be-free-agent forward Matt Clackson and future considerations in exchange.

"After several discussions with Ilya and his agent, it became very clear to us that we were not in a position to sign Ilya to a long-term contract," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "We will now focus our efforts on adding another goaltender to our roster for the upcoming season."

Bryzgalov was 36-20-10-7 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 68 games with the Coyotes in 2010-11.

Phoenix signed backup goalie Jason LaBarbera to a two-year contract on Monday.


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