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COYOTES ACQUIRE OLEG KVASHA

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES ACQUIRE KVASHA AND CONDITIONAL DRAFT PICK FROM NY ISLANDERS
IN EXCHANGE FOR 3RD ROUND DRAFT PICK

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center/left wing Oleg Kvasha and a conditional draft pick from the New York Islanders in exchange for a third round draft choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward has played in 49 games this season with the Islanders, collecting 9-12-21 and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in his seventh NHL season.  Kvasha has played in 478 NHL career games with Florida and the NY Islanders, registering 77-129-206 and 329 PIM.  He has also played in 21 NHL playoff games with Florida and the NY Islanders, tallying 1-2-3 and 8 PIM.

In 2003-04, Kvasha set career highs in goals (15), assists (36), points (51), games played (81) and average time on ice (17:52 per game) with the Islanders.  He led the team in assists, ranked tied for the team lead in points and finished fourth in goals in 2003-04.

The 27-year-old forward began his NHL career playing with the Florida Panthers in 1998-99.  He finished his first NHL season tied for 9th among NHL rookies in goals (12), tied for 11th in points (25), tied for 4th in power play goals (4) and tied for second in shots (138).  Kvasha played a second season with Florida in 1999-00 before he was traded to the Islanders on June 24, 2000.

The Moscow, Russia native has represented his country several times on the international stage.  Kvasha was named to Russia's World Cup Team in 2004 and won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He also played for Russia at the 1997 and 1998 World Junior Championship tournaments, winning a silver medal in 1998.  Kvasha was named a Second Team All-Star at the 1998 World Junior Championship.

Kvasha was originally drafted by Florida in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

The Coyotes return to the ice tonight to face the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena.  The game will be played at 5:00 p.m. Arizona time and will be broadcast on KDUS (1060-AM).

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