Phoenix Coyotes Welcome Newest Netminder: Ilya Bryzgalov.

J MiltonCorrespondent INovember 17, 2007

Just one day after being put on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was picked up by the Phoenix Coyotes.

With a record of 2-3-1 on the season but only 26-23-8 in his NHL career, it seems Bryzgalov's dream of becoming a number-one goaltender has come true. 

This is a huge pick-up for Phoenix.
After switching on and off between Alex Auld and Mikael Tellqvist, the Coyotes may finally have a stable netminder between the pipes.

The Coyotes will now be able to focus on other aspects of their game to get in their quest to one day become Stanley Cup champions—an accomplishment Bryzgalov already has on his resume, after winning it last year with the Ducks.

The Ducks were able to put Bryzgalov on waivers, having signed goaltender Jonas Hiller from Switzerland, who will now back up Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Bryzgalov will end up with approximately $1.36 Million US for his work this season, and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st of next year.