The Coyotes acquired six players and three draft picks on Wednesday before the NHL trade deadline in exchange for four players and one draft pick.
Three players came to Phoenix in one transaction with the New York Rangers as the Coyotes landed forwards Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes, and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin for defenseman Derek Morris
“We are extremely pleased with the players we were able to add in this deal,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. “Prucha, a former 30-goal scorer, and Dawes, an emerging young offensive talent, are two young forwards who compete hard every night. Kalinin will provide us with another steady, veteran presence on the blue line. We’d also like to thank Derek Morris
for his years of service to the club and wish him well in the future.”
|Petr Prucha |
Prucha, 26, has recorded four goals, five assists and 16 penalty minutes in 28 games this season for the Rangers. In 237 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, Prucha has collected 63 goals, 50 assists and 100 penalty minutes. A native of Chrudim, Czech Republic, Prucha registered career-highs in goals (30) and points (47) as a rookie in 2005-06. He has also registered one goal and one assist in 17 career playoff games.
Dawes, 24, has recorded 10 goals, nine assists and 15 penalty minutes in 52 games for the Rangers this season. In 121 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, Dawes has collected 25 goals, 24 assists and 25 penalty minutes. Last season, the native of Winnipeg, Manitoba recorded career-highs in goals (14), assists (15) and points (29) and ranked tied for second among NHL rookies with four game-winning goals.
Kalinin, 28, has recorded one goal, 12 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Rangers this season. In 524 career NHL games with Buffalo and the Rangers, Kalinin has collected 35 goals, 123 assists and 315 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 37 career playoff games, all with Buffalo, recording two goals, seven assists and 20 penalty minutes in the postseason. Kalinin, a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, notched career-highs in goals (10), assists (24) and points (34) during the 2003-04 campaign with the Sabres.
Phoenix started the day by sending backup goaltender Mikael Tellqvist to the Buffalo Sabres for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Next up came a deal with the Calgary Flames in which the Coyotes acquired center Matthew Lombardi, right wing Brandon Prust and a conditional first-round draft choice in exchange for center Olli Jokinen and a third-round draft choice in the 2009 Draft.
“We are excited to add two young players in Lombardi and Prust to our lineup,” Maloney said. “Lombardi’s speed and scoring touch along with Prust’s physical style should fit our team very well.”
|Matthew Lombardi. |
Lombardi, 26, has notched nine goals and 21 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 50 games this season. He also has registered two game-winning goals, one shorthanded goal and a plus-11 rating.
Lombardi, who was selected by Calgary in the third round (90th overall) of the 2002 Draft, has recorded 65 goals, 102 assists and 225 penalty minutes in 347 career NHL games, all with the Flames. He has also appeared in 33 career playoff games, collecting two goals and eight assists. In 2006-07, Lombardi registered career-highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46) while appearing in 81 games. A native of Montreal, Lombardi represented Canada at the 2007 World Championships where he collected six goals and six assists in nine games while helping the team win the gold medal.
Prust, 24, has recorded one goal, one assist and 79 penalty minutes in 25 games for Calgary this season. He missed 26 games (from Dec. 7 to Feb. 5) due to a broken jaw. In 35 career NHL games, Prust has recorded one goal, one assist and 104 penalty minutes.
In a later deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix acquired right wing Scottie Upshall and a second-round draft choice in the 2011 Draft in exchange for left wing Daniel Carcillo.
|Scottie Upshall. (AP Photo/John Dunn). |
Upshall, 25, has recorded seven goals, 14 assists and 63 penalty minutes in 55 games this season for the Flyers, including two power-play goals. In 211 career NHL games with Nashville and Philadelphia, the Fort McMurray, Alberta native has registered 38 goals, 55 assists and 197 penalty minutes. Upshall posted career-highs in goals (14), assists (16) and points (30) during the 2007-08 campaign.
In another roster move on Wednesday, the Coyotes recalled goaltender Josh Tordjman from their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.
Tordjman, 23, has posted a 21-21-2 record with a 2.68 goals-against average, a .909 save percentage and four shutouts in 46 games with San Antonio this season.
Tordjman was named Reebok X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month in the month of January after going 9-4-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and one shutout.