Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the team has traded forward Lee Stempniak to the Phoenix Coyotes. In return, the Maple Leafs will receive defenceman Matt Jones and the Coyotes’ fourth-round and seventh-round draft choices in 2010. The Leafs also traded goaltender Joey MacDonald to Anaheim in exchange for the Ducks’ seventh round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft. The Pittsburgh Penguins have obtained the Maple Leafs’ sixth-round draft pick in the 2010 Entry Draft in a trade for defenceman Chris Peluso.
Jones, 26, has played in 106 career NHL games (all with Phoenix) and has one goal and ten assists. He has missed the entire season with an injury.
Peluso, 23, is a senior defenceman at Bemidji State of College Hockey America (CHA). He has seven assists in 24 games this season.
Stempniak has recorded 14 goals and 16 assists in 62 games with Toronto in 2009-10.