Wednesday, March 3, 2010GLENDALE, ARIZONA --
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired right wing Lee Stempniak from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Matt Jones, a fourth round choice and a seventh round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Stempniak, 27, has recorded 14-16-30 and 18 penalty minutes (PIM) in 62 games with the Maple Leafs this season to rank 3rd on the team in goals and 4th in points. His five power play goals also ranked 2nd on Toronto. Stempniak split last season between St. Louis and Toronto and finished with 14-30-44 and 33 PIM in 75 games. A native of West Seneca, NY, Stempniak registered a career-high 27 goals and 52 points while appearing in all 82 games for St. Louis in 2006-07.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Stempniak has appeared in 356 career NHL games with St. Louis and Toronto, recording 82-109-191 and 146 PIM. He has also represented the United States at each of the last three World Championship tournaments (2009, 2008, 2007). Prior to his professional career, Stempniak played four seasons at Dartmouth University. He was originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft.
Jones, 26, has not played this season due to injury. In 2008-09, he recorded 2-4-6 and 40 PIM in 58 games with San Antonio of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has also appeared in 106 career NHL games with Phoenix and has collected 1-10-11 and 63 PIM.