The Phoenix Coyotes claimed Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers this morning. No telling which other team’s GMs wanted Bryzgalov, but only the Washington Capitals had a higher waiver priority than the Coyotes. And, for what it’s worth, the Caps have allowed two fewer goals this year than the Ducks.
You might recall the Ducks have played Phoenix three times already, and Bryzgalov started two of the games. One was a tough-luck, 1-0 loss at home Oct. 25, one of a couple games the Ducks played without Ryan Getzlaf, Rob Niedermayer, Mathieu Schneider and Bertuzzi. He got pulled from the other start on Nov. 7, when the Coyotes won 6-5 in overtime.
The Ducks and ‘Yotes play five more times this year:
Friday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Honda Center
Saturday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m., Phoenix
Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Phoenix
Saturday, March 22, 7 p.m., Phoenix
Sunday, April 6, 5 p.m, Honda Center – season finale.