After a 24-hour period on waivers, former Ducks goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was claimed by Phoenix on Saturday morning.
"We are very happy for Ilya," said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. "He's a great kid who deserves a chance to be a starting NHL goaltender. We thank him for all he has accomplished in a Ducks uniform, and we wish him well with Phoenix."
The Ducks announced that they had placed Bryzgalov on waivers at 9 a.m. Friday morning. He had 24 hours from that point (9 a.m. on Saturday) to clear waivers.
If Bryzgalov had not been claimed by Saturday at 9 a.m., the Ducks would have assigned him to their minor league affiliate in Portland.
Instead, Bryzgalov joins another Pacific Division team in the Coyotes where he will get a chance to play for Coach Wayne Gretzky. Prior to the acquisition of Bryzgalov, the Coyotes were using Alex Auld and Mikael Tellqvist to mind their net.
The 27-year-old Bryzgalov has a 2-3-1 record and a 2.55 goals-against average in nine regular season games this year. He has a career 26-23-7 record with a 2.48 GAA, and a .908 save percentage.
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