Coyotes send Ference to Devils in multi-player deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes on Friday acquired
center Pascal Rheaume and two other minor-league players from the
New Jersey Devils in a trade for defenseman Brad Ference.

Rheaume and defenseman Ray Schultz will report to the San
Antonio Rampage, Phoenix's AHL affiliate, while defenseman Steven
Spencer will remain with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays.
Ference, a first-round draft choice of Vancouver in 1997, had
two goals and nine assists in 19 games this season with San
Antonio. In 245 career NHL games split between Florida and Phoenix,
Ference has four goals and 30 assists.
Rheaume, 32, had no points in 12 games this season with New
Jersey and had two goals in nine games with the Devils' AHL
affiliate in Albany, N.Y.
He's appeared in 317 career NHL games over nine seasons with New
Jersey, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta and the New York Rangers, with
39 goals with 52 assists.
Schultz, who has played 45 NHL games over six seasons with the
New York Islanders, had five assists and 22 penalty minutes in 18
games this season with Albany.
Spencer, a ninth-round pick of Nashville in the 2002 draft, has
played in 15 games this season with South Carolina.