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Coyotes Don't Deal on Deadline Day

Arizona did not remove any players from its roster on Wednesday

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GLENDALE - The Coyotes did not make any trades on Wednesday before the NHL's deadline to do so at 1 p.m. Arizona time.

Veterans Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata, both of whom are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, will finish the season with Arizona.

General Manager John Chayka said he was not approached by another team about Doan. He said he did discuss trading Vrbata with other teams, but nothing materialized.

"We just made a decision that we're still trying to grow here and have a competitive team and finish the season well with our good young group," Chayka said. "Unless it was a great offer, we were going to keep him. You set your threshold. We were looking around to see if we could maximize our return like any player, but just decided at the end of the day to keep him."

Video: John Chayka discusses NHL Trade Deadline Day

Vrbata leads the Coyotes in goals (15), assists (32) and points (47), and he will enter Thursday's game at Buffalo riding a career-high 10-game point streak. He is on track to play his 1,000th NHL game on March 9.

"He's been a productive player," Chayka said. "He's been a real good player for us. He came in on a lower-end deal and did a great job. I think it means something that he loves to be in Arizona and he's three games away from 1,000. It's a great opportunity for him."

Vrbata is pleased he was not traded.

"I'm happy about that," Vrbata said. "I was saying all along that there was a reason why I signed here, and I wanted to finish the season here. I'm glad nothing happened ... I will finish the season here and hopefully maybe come back next year."

He added: "It was a little nerve-racking the last two days ... It was just a waiting game."   

Video: Vrbata discusses not being traded by the Coyotes

Doan was unfazed by the lack of interest other teams showed for him.

"There's not a big market for a 40-year-old, fourth-liner who only wants to go to a contender," Doan told reporters, with a smile.

In non-trade news, the Coyotes on Wednesday recalled forward Anthony Duclair from the American Hockey League, and he is expected to join the team in Buffalo in time for Thursday's game. Duclair notched one goal and eight assists in 16 games with Tucson of the AHL.

Arizona also made two "paper" transactions on Wednesday that cleared the way for forward Brendan Perlini and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to play in the AHL playoffs. They will stay with the Coyotes for now.

Finally, the Tucson Roadrunners made a trade on Wednesday acquiring forward Joe Whitney from San Antonio in exchange for forward Brendan Ranford.

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