GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Philadelphia Flyers acquired the negotiating rights to Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in a trade that included the expiring contract of Adirondack Phantoms' forward Matt Clackson.
Philadelphia also sent Phoenix the Flyers' third-round draft choice in 2012 and a conditional draft choice.
Clackson was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 26-year-old, a seventh-round pick by the Flyers in 2005, played the last three seasons with the Phantoms. Clackson scored six goals and added 13 assists in 204 games, while piling up 574 penalty minutes.
An NHL official told the Associated Press that the Coyotes didn't intend to sign Clackson for next season.
Even without an owner and with the NHL running the team, the Phoenix Coyotes were hopeful of re-signing the free agent Bryzgalov.
When it became clear they weren't going to be able to reach a deal, the Coyotes backed out and decided to let Philadelphia give it a
Frustrated with what it felt was a high asking price, Phoenix sent Bryzgalov's rights to the Flyers, which gives Philadelphia an exclusive window to negotiate a new deal with him until July 1.
Phoenix's negotiations with Bryzgalov broke down because the Russian goalie wanted to not only be a top-paid goalie in the NHL, but one of the top-paid players, according to an NHL official who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information.
Now it's Philadelphia's turn to try striking a deal with the 30-year-old goalie.
"We'll see what we can do," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He's certainly not an old goaltender. We feel like he's got a lot of good years left in him. We'll see how it goes. When you get into a negotiation like this, you're dealing with a salary cap and you try and get a number you can live with."
A Vezina Trophy finalist in 2009-10, Bryzgalov went 36-20-10 with a 2.48 goals-against average and seven shutouts last season, but had some shaky moments as Phoenix was swept from the playoffs by Detroit.
The Flyers, who didn't have a single shutout last season, were repeatedly frustrated with their goalie situation in the playoffs.
Sergei Bobrovksy, Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton all got a crack at winning the job, but Philadelphia switched them out as starters a whopping six times in 11 games.
Boucher won all four postseason games for the Flyers, but likely won't be back after his third stint with the organization. Leighton, who led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals, might also be on the way out.
Bobrovsky has been considered Philadelphia's goalie of the future and Holmgren said he wasn't sure if that would change if the team signs Bryzgalov.
"We'll see if we can get a deal done with Ilya," he said. "I still think the world of Sergei. I think he's one of the top young goalies in the game. We'll continue to try and make our team better. With the position we put ourselves in with Ilya, if we can get him signed it will make our team