Flyers acquire rights to Bryzgalov

The Flyers confirmed that the Flyers have traded prospect Matt Clackson, a 2012 3rd round draft pick, and future considerations to Phoenix for the rights to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Flyers have until then to try to sign him.

In 2010, the Flyers acquired Dan Hamhuis from Nashville for a conditional draft pick but failed to sign him. His rights were then traded to Pittsburgh but, ultimately, he signed with the Vancouver Canucks. In 2007, the Flyers traded a first round draft pick for the rights to Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell.

Bryzgalov had a cap hit of $4.25 million last season and it is not expected that he would take a discount. He recently switched agents to Rich Winter, in what can be assumed as a move to cash in on free agency. To echo this sentiment, Darren Dreger stated on Twitter tonight, “Bryzgalov wants to be paid as a top player…not just a top goalie.”

It has been stated that Philadelphia is one of the place where he wanted to play. If that is the case, he may be more willing to sign at a more reasonable price here than elsewhere, but I would hesitate against taking that to mean he’d take a big discount.

The Flyers currently have less than $500k in cap space. With the cap projected to increase about $3 million, the Flyers will need to trade a big contract to make room for Bryzgalov.