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COYOTES ACQUIRE 1st ROUND DRAFT PICK IN 2007 FROM DALLAS FOR NAGY

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced that the Coyotes have acquired a 1st round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Dallas Stars for left wing Ladislav Nagy. The Coyotes also received left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist in the deal.

With today's acquisition, the Coyotes currently own two 1st round selections in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

"It's always disappointing trading a player like Nagy but it was a business decision for the organization and we wish him the best of luck," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "Nagy was going to be an unrestricted free agent in July so we are very pleased to be able to acquire a first round draft choice and a hard working player in Tjarnqvist."

Tjarnqvist, 27, registered 1-3-4 and 4 penalty minutes (PIM) in 18 games played with Dallas this season. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound native of Umea, Sweden also recorded 1-1-2 in 2 games with the American Hockey League's Iowa Stars this season. In 2005-06, Tjarnqvist collected 2-4-6 and 18 PIM in 33 games with Dallas and 17-12-29 and 28 PIM in 34 games with Iowa. His 17 goals with Iowa ranked 5th on the club despite his only playing 34 games with the team.

In 69 career NHL games over 3 seasons, Tjarnqvist has registered 4-8-12 and 24 PIM. Tjarnqvist was selected by Dallas in the 3rd round (96th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Nagy recorded 8-33-41 and 48 PIM in 55 games with the Coyotes this season. In 6 seasons with Phoenix, Nagy registered 92-157-249 and 312 PIM in 321 games. The Coyotes acquired Nagy with Michal Handzus, Jeff Taffe, and a 1st round choice (Ben Eager) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft for Keith Tkachuk on Mar. 13, 2001.

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