COYOTES ACQUIRE TELLQVIST FROM TORONTO
IN EXCHANGE FOR NASH & A 4TH ROUND DRAFT CHOICE IN 2007
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired goaltender Mikael Tellqvist from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for left wing Tyson Nash and the Coyotes 4th round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Tellqvist has played one game with the Maple Leafs this season, posting a 2.03 goals against average (GAA) and a .895 save percentage. Tellqvist has also played 3 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL), posting a 2-1-0 record with a 3.95 GAA and a .882 save percentage.
Last season (2005-06), the 27-year-old native of Sundbyberg, Sweden played 25 games with the Maple Leafs, posting a 10-11-2 record with a 3.13 GAA and a .895 save percentage. Tellqvist was a member of the gold medal-winning Team Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. He also represented Sweden at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Mikael is a good, young goaltender and we are excited to have him in our organization," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "Curtis is our No. 1 goaltender but we needed to find a proven NHL netminder who could provide him with some support."
In 2004-05, Tellqvist played 45 games with the St. John's Maple Leafs (AHL), setting career highs in wins (26) and save percentage (.921). In addition, Tellqvist recorded a 2.65 GAA.
Tellqvist was originally drafted by Toronto (3rd choice, 70th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Nash has played 19 games with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) this season, recording 6-6-12 and 48 penalty minutes. In three seasons with the Coyotes, the 31-year-old native of Edmonton, Alberta has collected 3-11-14 and 194 penalty minutes in 119 games.