Phoenix Coyotes make flurry of trade-deadline deals

Updated: March 9, 2006, 9:24 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- In a flurry of deadline deals, the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday traded defensemen Sean O'Donnell and Denis Gauthier and forward Jamie Lundmark.

Phoenix's busy day came as NHL teams made a record 25 deals involving 40 players in the hours before the trading deadline.

The deals signaled a major overhaul for the Coyotes, who entered Thursday night's game at Columbus in 12th place in the Western Conference, nine points out of a playoff spot with 20 games to play.

O'Donnell and Gauthier were both in their first season with Phoenix. They joined the club in 2004, before the lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season and were seen as part of the team's effort to make a run at the Stanley Cup.

The Coyotes didn't move goaltender Curtis Joseph, who had been the center of trade rumors in recent weeks.

Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett traded O'Donnell to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for minor league center Joel Perrault. O'Donnell, 34, had one goal, seven assists and 121 penalty minutes in 57 games in his only season with Phoenix. He signed a two-year deal worth about $3.25 million with the Coyotes on July 6, 2004.

Anaheim is the sixth team in O'Donnell's 11-year NHL career. He has played in 750 games with Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Jersey, Boston and Phoenix, with 22 goals, 126 assists and 1,356 penalty minutes.

Perrault, 22, has spent most of this season with Anaheim's top minor league affiliate, Portland of the American Hockey League. He had 12 goals, 12 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 25 games. Perrault was Anaheim's fifth-round pick in the 2001 draft.

Barnett also sent Gauthier to Philadelphia for minor league left wing Josh Gratton and two second-round 2006 draft picks. Gauthier, 29, who signed for $1.3 million this year, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Gauthier had two goals, nine assists and 61 penalty minutes in 45 games with Phoenix.

In other deals Thursday, the Coyotes:

-- traded Lundmark to Calgary for a fourth-round pick in this year's draft. Lundmark had 5 goals, 13 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 38 games this season.

-- acquired defenseman Jamie Rivers from the Detroit Red Wings for a seventh-round pick in this year's draft. Rivers, a 10-year NHL veteran, has one assist in 15 games with the Red Wings this season. Phoenix will be his seventh NHL club.

-- reacquired center Yanick Lehoux from the Los Angeles Kings for right wing Tim Jackman. The Coyotes assigned Lehoux to San Antonio of the AHL. Lehoux made his NHL debut with the Coyotes at Minnesota on Nov. 8, scoring 1:05 in on his first shift. It was the fastest goal scored by a Coyotes player in his NHL debut. The Coyotes waived Lehoux, and Los Angeles claimed him on Nov. 25.

-- acquired forward Oleg Kvasha and a conditional draft pick from the New York Islanders for a third-round pick in the 2006 draft. In 49 games with the Islanders this season, Kvasha had nine goals, 12 assists and 32 penalty minutes. The seven-year veteran has played in 478 NHL games with Florida and the Islanders, with 77 goals, 129 assists and 329 penalty minutes.

To fill the roster spot left by the trades, the Coyotes recalled defenseman Matt Jones from San Antonio.


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