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High-scoring Nagy traded to Stars for Tjarnqvist, pick

DALLAS -- Phoenix Coyotes leading scorer Ladislav Nagy was
traded Monday to the Dallas Stars for left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist
and a first-round draft pick in June.

Nagy had 41 points (eight goals, 33 assists) in 55 games for
Phoenix.

The 27-year-old Nagy is in his seventh NHL season, having played
in Phoenix since being traded there from the St. Louis Blues on
March 13, 2001. Nagy was a seventh-round pick by the Blues in 1997
and made his NHL debut in 1999. In 372 career games, he has 102
goals and 169 assists.

"Ladislav brings speed and skill to our hockey club and has
proven to be a top-six NHL forward over his career," Stars general
manager Doug Armstrong said.

Tjarnqvist had one goal and three assists in 18 games this
season for the Stars.

The Coyotes, 14 points out of a playoff spot, were unwilling to
make a serious attempt to re-sign Nagy.

"I'd like to have stayed in Phoenix but they did not want me,"
Nagy told The Arizona Republic as he left the Coyotes' workout in
Plantation, Fla. "We talked a little bit about [a contract
extension] but they did not offer me anything."

Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said the trade was made because "we
weren't winning."

"I know he's a good player but sometimes a player needs a
different view," he told the Republic, "and we didn't want an
asset to just walk out the door [after the season]."