COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have dealt their last original player, trading defenseman Rostislav Klesla to the Phoenix Coyotes for left wing Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto.
General manager Scott Howson announced the trade on Thursday, two hours before the NHL's trade deadline.
The 28-year-old Klesla, hampered by injuries the past two seasons, was the expansion club's first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2000 player draft. He had three goals and seven assists in 45 games this year with a +10 rating.
Upshall, 27, had 16 goals and 11 assists this season and 80 goals and 85 assists in 340 career games with Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix.
Lepisto, 26, has four goals and seven assists this year and five goals and six assists in 131 career games.