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Phoenix trades away Laraque, Saprykin for prospect, picks

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -As expected, the Phoenix Coyotes were busy in the hours leading up to the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday, sending right wing Georges Laraque to Pittsburgh, center Yanic Perrault to Toronto and left wing Oleg Saprykin to Ottawa.

Far out of the playoff race, the Coyotes were willing to take prospects and draft picks in exchange for the veterans.

In the Laraque deal, the Penguins sent 22-year-old left wing Daniel Carcillo and a third-round draft pick in 2008 to Phoenix.

Perrault was traded to the Maple Leafs for defenseman Brendan Bell and a 2008 second-round draft pick.

Along with Saprykin, the Coyotes sent a seventh-round 2007 draft pick to Ottawa in exchange for a second-round selection in 2008.

Laraque, known as one of the NHL's best enforcers, is due to earn $1.3 million next season. He waived his no-trade clause to go to Pittsburgh. This was Laraque's only season with Phoenix.

Carcillo scored 21 goals with nine assists in 52 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League this season. He ranked third in the AHL with 183 penalty minutes.

Perrault, in his 14th NHL season, had 19 goals and 14 assists in 49 games for the Coyotes. In 789 career games, he has 236 goals and 261 assists for five NHL teams. Phoenix signed him as a free agent last Oct. 30.

Bell played in 31 games for Toronto this season with one goal and four assists.

Saprykin had 14 goals and 20 assists in 59 games with the Coyotes this season, his second in Phoenix.

In other moves, the Coyotes signed center Kevyn Adams to a one-year contract and claimed center Niko Kapanen off waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers.

Adams was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes last Jan. 8 for Dennis Seidenberg. He had three assists in 14 games with Phoenix. Adams played in all 82 games in Carolina's Stanley Cup championship season a year ago, with a career-high 15 goals and eight assists.

Adams had two goals and two assists in 35 games with Carolina before this season.

Kapanen, a five-year NHL veteran, had four goals and nine assists with Atlanta.

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