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Coyotes pick up C Lombardi in deal that sends 4th-round draft pick to Toronto

Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 8:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Coyotes pick up C Lombardi in deal that sends 4th-round draft pick to Toronto

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired centre Matthew Lombardi from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Lombardi played for the Coyotes from 2008-10, scoring 19 goals with 34 assists in 78 games during the 2009-10 season. He missed most of the 2010-11 season due to a concussion and had eight goals and 10 assists in 62 games for Toronto last season.

Lombardi has 97 goals and 157 assists in 508 NHL games, including a stint with the Calgary Flames. He's also played in 40 career playoff games, with three goals and 13 assists.

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