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Ducks pick up Lombardi from Coyotes

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 5:14 PM NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks acquired forward Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday for Brandon McMillan.

"First and foremost, I’m going to a great team and Stanley Cup contender," Lombardi said on the Ducks' website. "That’s super exciting. It’s a great team. To be able to be a part of that is pretty cool. I’m looking forward to it. That’s all you can ask for, to be honest with you. To play and go for a Stanley Cup."

Anaheim leads the Pacific Division and trails only the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference.

"I can’t say enough about the quality of players they have," Lombardi said. "[Ryan] Getzlaf, [Corey] Perry, and you go down the line and look at the lineup with all the depth, Teemu [Selanne], I can go through the whole lineup. We played them a month ago or three weeks ago, three in a row, so you kind of understand the reason why they’re having success and the quality of team they are. The depth they have and the goaltending, it’s pretty impressive."

Lombardi returned to Phoenix this season for his second stint with the Coyotes and had four goals and eight points in 21 games.

The 31-year-old, a third-round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Draft, has career totals of 101 goals and 262 points in 529 games for the Flames, Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs.

McMillan, 23, had 11 goals and 21 points in 60 games for the Ducks as a rookie two seasons ago; he has played in 31 games and has five assists since.

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