GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -The Phoenix Coyotes claimed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
The Russian native has a .909 save percentage in nine games with the Ducks this season and posted a 2-3-1 record. He played with the Stanley Cup champs last season had a .922 save percentage in five playoff games.
``We are excited to bring in a world-class goaltender with a Stanley Cup on his resume,'' Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. ``At 27 years old, he is just entering his prime and we look forward to having him in our lineup.''
Bryzgalov, the backup to Jean-Sebastien Giguere with Anaheim, was placed on waivers Friday. The Ducks made him the 44th overall selection in the 2000 NHL draft, and he appeared in 69 games with them since that time, going 26-23-8 with a 2.48 goals-against average.
``We are very happy for Ilya,'' Ducks general manager Brian Burke said in a statement Saturday. ``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.''
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