VIA Press release from the team this after noon:
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have traded the negotiating rights of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Philadelphia's 3rd round choice in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, future considerations and forward Matt Clackson (whose contract will expire June 30, 2011). Bryzgalov will become a free agent on July 1, 2011.
"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," said Maloney. "We will now focus our efforts on adding another goaltender to our roster for the upcoming season."
While fans are certainly not happy to see Bryz go, I don't think it's a shock to anyone that a deal couldn't get done. Ilya has played his butt off here and took a fairly low deal last time around in order to prove himself worthy of a bigger deal. He did that as a Vezina Award candidate last season and putting up solid numbers in this one. If there's one thing we know about the guy it's that he wants certainty for his family and with the ownership still not completed, a long term big dollar deal wasn't going to happen. At least Don Maloney was once again able to get something for a player rather than let him just walk out the door. I'm sad to see him on the Flyers (I'm sure Jordan is smiling, but just a little though.)
One other thing to consider is that if he wanted a 4-5 year deal the Coyotes have solid prospects that will be coming to the forefront in the next couple years. Louis Domingue and Mark Visentin could be big and at least one of them should turn into a #1 in the future. It's the in between that kind of stings. There are players becoming free agents that could fill the gap, but Marty Turco? NOOOOOOOOOOO thank you. Maybe Dwayne Roloson, but only for a year or two. Otherwise it's trading to try and get someone serviceable because #1 Goalie Jason LaBarbera does not sound like a good idea.