Friday, January 18, 2013
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have assigned forwards Nick Johnson and Rob Klinkhammer and defenseman Michael Stone to the Portland Pirates, the Coyotes American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson has played five games with the Idaho Steelheads this season, collecting one assist. Last season, Johnson set career highs in games played (77), goals (8), assists (18), points (26) and penalty minutes (45) with the Minnesota Wild.
The 27-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd round (67th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Klinkhammer has played 38 games with the Portland Pirates (AHL) this season, recording 9-22-31 and 26 penalty minutes. The 26-year-old native of Lethbridge, Alberta played 15 games with the Ottawa Senators in 2011-12, collecting two assists.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Stone has recorded 6-16-22 and 16 PIM in 31 games with the Portland Pirates this season.
The 22-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba played in 13 games for the Coyotes last season posting 1-2-3 in 13 games. He appeared in two games of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The defenseman also recorded 9-13-22 and 24 PIM in 51 games with Portland in 2011-12. Stone was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the third round (69th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.