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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Dave Scatchard from Boston in exchange for defenseman David Tanabe.

In his 8th NHL season, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Scatchard has played in 16 games with the Bruins this season, recording 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points, and 28 penalty minutes while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game.  In his first and only season with Boston, Scatchard ranked 2nd on the club in faceoffs taken with 272 and had a 54.8 faceoff win percentage.  He joined the Bruins when he signed as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2005.

In 542 career NHL games, Scatchard has recorded 111-121-232 and 861 PIM with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins.  The Hinton, Alberta native has also played in 17 NHL playoff games (all with the Islanders), registering 2-2-4 and 34 PIM.  In each season of his NHL career, Scatchard has had a faceoff winning percentage of at least 52.7%.

Scatchard, 29, played four and a half seasons with the Islanders from 1999-2000 to 2003-04.  His best season came in 2002-03 when he led the Islanders with a career high 27 goals and tied his career high in points with 45.  In 2000-01, Scatchard collected 21 goals and 45 points, ranking 2nd on the club in goals.  He also finished 8th in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage with 55.1% and led the team with 5 game winning goals.  In 1999-00, his first season with the Islanders, Scatchard ranked 9th in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage with 56.6%.

Originally drafted by Vancouver in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Scatchard began his NHL career with the Canucks, playing in two and a half seasons with Vancouver.  He was then traded to the Islanders on Dec. 19, 1999 with Kevin Weekes and Bill Muckalt in exchange for 2nd and 3rd round draft choices in 2000 and Felix Potvin.

Tanabe recorded 4 assists and 8 PIM in 21 games with the Coyotes this season.  In 317 NHL games with Carolina and Phoenix, Tanabe has collected 20-58-78 and 145 PIM.  The 6-foot-1, 212-pound blueliner joined the Coyotes on June 21, 2003 from Carolina along with Igor Knyazev in exchange for Danny Markov.  Tanabe was originally drafted by Carolina in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

The Coyotes return to the ice on Saturday when they visit the San Jose Sharks.  Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on WB6, KDKB (93.3 FM) and KDUS (1060 AM).

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