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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forwards Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Derek Morris.

“We are extremely pleased with the players we were able to add in this deal,” said Maloney. “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 blueline. We’d also like to thank Derek Morris for his years of service to the club and wish him well in the future.”

Prucha, 26, has recorded 4-5-9 and 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 28 games this season for the Rangers. In 237 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, Prucha has collected 63-50-113 and 100 PIM. 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 1-1-2 in 17 career playoff games.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Prucha, who was drafted by the Rangers in the eighth round (240th overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft, played in 164 games with Pardubice of the Czech Republic Extraleague from 2003-05, recording 26-33-59. Prucha has also represented the Czech Republic in the 2002 World Junior Championships as well as the 2004 and 2005 World Championships. He was also selected for the 2006 Czech Republic Olympic team but was unable to play due to injury.

Dawes, 24, has recorded 10-9-19 and 15 PIM in 52 games for the Rangers this season. In 121 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, Dawes has collected 25-24-49 and 25 PIM. Last season, the native of Winnipeg, Manitoba recorded career-highs in goals (14), assists (15) and points (29) and ranked T-2nd among NHL rookies with four game-winning goals.

The 5-foot-9, 193-pound Dawes, who was selected by the Rangers in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft, has also recorded 76-84-160 and 52 PIM in 166 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Hartford. Prior to his professional career, Dawes played in 245 games with Kootenay of the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2001-05, collecting 159-113-272 and 129 PIM. He also represented Canada in the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships

Kalinin, 28, has recorded 1-12-13 and 26 PIM in 58 games with the Rangers this season. In 524 career NHL games with Buffalo and the Rangers, Kalinin has collected 35-123-158 and 315 PIM. He has also appeared in 37 career playoff games, all with Buffalo, recording 2-7-9 and 20 PIM 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.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Kalinin has represented Russia in several international competitions, including five World Championship appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008) and the 2005 World Cup. Kalinin was originally selected by Buffalo in the first round (18th overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft.

Morris, 30, has recorded 5-7-12 and 24 PIM in 57 games with the Coyotes this season. Morris played parts of five seasons with Phoenix (2004-09), collecting 25-68-93 and 278 PIM in 288 games. The native of Edmonton, Alberta has appeared in 775 career NHL games with Calgary, Colorado and the Coyotes and has registered 76-256-332 and 778 PIM.
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