Flyers Acquire Defenseman Denis Gauthier From Phoenix
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The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 6'3", 224-pound defenseman Denis Gauthier (GOH-tyay) from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for left wing Josh Gratton and two second round picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, according to General Manager Bob Clarke.
"It's a great feeling," said Gauthier. "It's an honor that I'm going to a successful team and a team that wants to win and will do anything to win. There's not much more you can ask for as a hockey player. I'm going to a team that is aspiring for a Stanley Cup each and every year. I think that it's a great opportunity for me."
Gauthier, 29, recorded two goals and nine assists for 11 points and 61 penalty minutes in 45 games for the Coyotes this season. He ranked second on the Coyotes in hits with 120. In 429 career NHL regular season games over eight NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames and Phoenix (1997-98 through 2005-06), he has registered 15 goals and 54 assists for 69 points and 576 penalty minutes. He was traded by Calgary, along with Oleg Saprykin, to Phoenix in exchange for Daymond Langkow on August 26, 2004.
In seven seasons with the Flames (1997-98 through 2003-04), Gauthier recorded 13 goals and 45 assists for 58 points and 515 penalty minutes in 384 games. He was originally drafted by Calgary from Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the first round (20th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
Gratton, 23, was scoreless with 14 penalty minutes in three games for the Flyers this season. In 53 games for the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, Gratton registered nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points and 265 penalty minutes. His 265 penalty minutes lead the Phantoms and rank third in the AHL. He was signed as a free agent by the Flyers on July 27, 2004.
In addition to Gratton, the Flyers traded the Florida Panthers' and the Tampa Bay Lightning's second round picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to Phoenix in exchange for Gauthier. The Flyers had acquired Florida's second round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, along with Florida's first round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for the Flyers' first round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft on July 30, 2005. The Flyers had acquired Tampa Bay's second round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for the Dallas Stars' third round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and the Flyers' fourth round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft on July 30, 2005.