Carl Soderberg was traded to the Arizona Coyotes by the Colorado Avalanche for Kevin Connauton and a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday.
Soderberg scored an NHL career-high 23 goals in 82 games for the Avalanche this season and had 49 points. The 33-year-old center also had two assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. A second-round pick (No. 49) by the St. Louis Blues in the 2004 NHL Draft, he has 245 points (86 goals, 159 assists) in 482 games through seven seasons with the Boston Bruins and Avalanche.
"Carl is a versatile, 200-foot player who has a history of being productive and playing tough minutes," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said. "He will be a stabilizer in our lineup and gives our coaching staff lots of flexibility."
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Connauton had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 50 games for the Coyotes this season and had an NHL career-high 11 goals and tied an NHL career-high with 21 points last season. The 29-year-old defenseman, a third-round pick (No. 83) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009 NHL Draft, has 76 points (27 goals, 49 assists) in 310 games through six seasons with the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Coyotes.
"This trade allows some of our young centermen to have a chance to play a more prominent role on our team while adding an experienced defenseman to our roster," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said.
Soderberg and Cannauton each is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after next season.