When the Phoenix Coyotes acquired Geoff Sanderson on Saturday, they immediately boosted their offensive capability and added depth up front.
Sanderson, who has scored over 30-goals in a season six times and broke the 40-goal mark twice in his 15-year NHL career, was excited by the news that he would be joining the Coyotes.
"It is always hard when you get traded," said Sanderson. "But coming here is a great opportunity and something I was really excited about."
The addition of Sanderson now gives the Coyotes seven former 20-goal scorers (Shane Doan, Mike Ricci, Petr Nedved, Mike Comrie, Brett Hull & Ladislav Nagy), as well as one of the fastest forwards in the game.
"We feel like Geoff brings a lot of attributes to this club," said Gretzky. "And with the new rules in place and his speed, we think he can have a great season here."
Sanderson practiced with the club at Glendale Arena on Monday and will likely make his debut as a Coyote in Tuesday's game in Dallas.
JOSEPH SUFFERS INJURY
Following Monday's practice at Glendale Arena, Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph was diagnosed with a minor groin strain. As a result, Joseph will not be available for Tuesday's game against the Stars. On Monday afternoon, the Coyotes recalled goaltender Steve Passmore from the San Antonio Rampage to back up rookie David LeNeveu in Dallas.
In two games this season, "Cujo" has posted a 1-1-0 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .926 save-percentage.
Joseph is the second Phoenix netminder to suffer a groin injury this season as Brian Boucher was injured in the Coyotes first preseason game on September 16th.
Joseph is currently listed as day-to-day.
MORRIS EYES RETURN
Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris did make the trip to Dallas and could play in Tuesday's contest.
Morris, who has not played in the Coyotes last two games after suffering a minor groin injury in the season opener in Vancouver, B.C., is still listed as day-to-day.
RICCI STAYS IN PHOENIX
After suffering a broken nose in last Saturday's game against Minnesota, Coyotes center Mike Ricci did not accompany the team on their one-game road trip to Dallas.
Ricci will workout in Phoenix on Tuesday and could be back on the ice as soon as Wednesday.
Ricci's status for Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators is still undecided. He is listed as day-to-day.
NEDVED MAKING PROGRESS
Petr Nedved, who also suffered a groin injury in the season opener against the Canucks is making progress in his rehabilitation and could come off the injured reserve list on Wednesday.
Nedved is not eligible to come off the injured reserve until one week after the original date of his injury. If Nedved is activated on Wednesday, he could play in Thursday's home game.