COYOTES ACQUIRE LUNDMARK FROM NEW YORK RANGERS
FOR JEFF TAFFE
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Jamie Lundmark from the New York Rangers in exchange for center Jeff Taffe.
Lundmark, 24, has registered one goal and six penalty minutes (PIM) in three games with the Rangers this season. The native of Edmonton, Alberta was chosen by the Rangers with the ninth overall selection during the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Now in his third NHL season, Lundmark has recorded 11-19-30 and 55 PIM in 111 games during his career.
Lundmark split the 2004-05 season between Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL) and HC Bolzano in Italy. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward collected 14-27-41 and 146 PIM in 64 regular season games with Hartford last season. Lundmark recorded 2-4-6 in six postseason games to tie for second on the team in playoff scoring. He also registered 9-9-18 in 14 games with HC Bolzano before joining Hartford last season.
Prior to playing professionally, Lundmark posted 96-120-216 in 159 games over three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team following his 2000-01 season with Seattle. Lundmark was named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team and the WHL All-Rookie Team after recording 40-51-91 and 121 PIM in 1998-99 with Moose Jaw.
Taffe, 24, collected 11-11-22 and 24 PIM in 81 games over parts of three seasons with the Coyotes. He was scoreless in two games with the club this season. Taffe led Coyotes' rookies in scoring with 8-10-18 and finished tied for sixth among all NHL rookies in power-play goals (5) in 2003-04. The Coyotes acquired Taffe from St. Louis along with Ladislav Nagy, Michal Handzus and a first round choice in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Keith Tkachuk on Mar. 13, 2001.