COYOTES ACQUIRE ERIC CHOUINARD FROM PHILADELPHIA
IN EXCHANGE FOR KIEL McLEOD
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Eric Chouinard from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center Kiel McLeod.
Chouinard, 25, registered 7-7-14 and 4 penalty minutes (PIM) in 24 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) this season, ranking second on the team in goals and fourth in points. Chouinard has also played in one game with the Flyers this season and collected 2 PIM. He tallied 3-4-7 and 6 PIM in 17 games with Minnesota in 2003-04. In 90 career NHL games, Chouinard has recorded 11-11-22 and 16 PIM with Montreal, Philadelphia, and Minnesota. The 6-3, 207-pound native of Atlanta, Georgia was selected by Montreal in the first round (16th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Chouinard has been assigned to the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate. Chouinard has registered 50-63-113 and 44 PIM in 170 AHL games during his career.
McLeod recorded 0-1-1 and 33 PIM in 28 games with San Antonio this season. McLeod, who will turn 23 on Friday, has collected 20-24-44 and 211 PIM in 178 AHL games over his three-year pro career. The Coyotes signed the 6-6, 230-pound native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta as a free agent on June 9, 2003. McLeod was selected by Columbus in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, but did not sign with the club.