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The Phoenix Coyotes have traded the negotiation rights of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Matt Clackson, a third-round pick in the 2012 draft, and future considerations.

The deal gives the Flyers an exclusive window to negotiate a new contract with the 30-year-old Russian before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Could Brad Richards return to Tampa Bay Lightning?

It certainly is intriguing to think former Lightning star Brad Richards has a chance to return to Tampa Bay. And Richards stoked that fire a bit on Thursday when he said he never wanted to leave Tampa and would be willing to listen if the Lightning calls when free agency begins on July 1. But can the two sides actually get together? A big hurdle was cleared last week when the Stars, in the midst of an ownership transfer, said they will not make Richards an offer. But Richards, 31, who spent the past three-plus seasons with Dallas, will be one of the highest-profile players on the market. He has 52 goals and 168 points the past two seasons.

Richards may be too rich for Rangers' blood

The Rangers have heard through the grapevine that Brad Richards will be seeking a long-term contract worth a minimum of $7 million per when the free-agent market opens on July 1, and they’ve heard it more than once and they’ve heard it from more than one source. This means that, a) general manager Glen Sather will not be sending an asset to Dallas for the right to try and convince the 31-year-old center to sign before he hits the market; and, b) the Blueshirts already are pondering a Plan B to bring a first-line pivot to Broadway. We’re told by well-placed sources Richards has no intention of signing for a discount in order to reunite with coach John Tortorella, with whom he won the Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004. That’s fine. If five years at $6.5 million per — that’s the number — doesn’t represent enough green to get Richards into a Blueshirt, then that’s that.

Fans need to be patient in Winnipeg

There was a sense of euphoria in Winnipeg on Tuesday as the city welcomed the return of the National Hockey League after a 15-year absence, but the new owners didn’t waste any time outlining the economic reality facing the team with no name. A good part of the press conference to announce the purchase and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers was given over to a sales pitch to prospective seasonticket holders. The team announced it will start selling tickets Wednesday with a goal of 13,000 in the MTS Centre, which has a capacity of 15,015

Hitch***** hasn’t heard from Devils: report

Like any other job-seeker, Ken Hitch***** says he’s just waiting to hear back. Hitch*****, who last month expressed interest in coaching the Devils, on Tuesday told he hasn’t been contacted by the team.