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Phoenix Coyotes: Trade deadline post-mortemIn what was a wild trade deadline, NHL fans will wake up Thursday to what is a completely different NHL. Roberto Luongo is no longer a Canuck, Ales Hemsky is no longer an Oiler, and Ryan Callahan is no longer a Rangers. Alas, almost every piece expected to move (and some non-expected) did in fact move, making for an entertaining shuffle.
For the most part, the Phoenix Coyotes stood pat at the trade deadline, trading no one on the NHL squad (Brown, Klesla and Rundblad were all currently with the AHL squad). The return was nothing to scoff at, as the Coyotes received Martin Erat, a second rounder and center John Mitchell in return.
The first move: the Coyotes shipped David Rundblad, a defenseman who had no chance to play in Phoenix and 21-year old defenseman Mathieu Brisebois to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2014 second round draft pick.
Rundblad was the Coyotes’ main return for the Kyle Turris trade back in 2011. If you equate the trade to basically getting a second rounder for Kyle Turris, it looks bad, undoubtedly. However, the second round pick included in that deal was a piece in acquiring Antoine Vermette from Columbus, so it may not be fair to equate the two trades on a one-to-one basis. To me, the highlight is this: the Coyotes were able to get a second round pick for someone that was never going to play for the Desert Dogs.
[Details on Rundblad trade]
But that move is secondary to this one: the Phoenix Coyotes acquired winger Martin Erat and center John Mitchell from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and a 2015 fourth round draft pick.
[Details on the Erat trade]
Martin Erat from his time in Nashville.
Martin Erat projects to be slotted next Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata on the Czech line. Although he only has one goal in 53 games, Erat has scored at least 16 goals in all but three of his 12 seasons, averaging 42 points per season in his career. Not an elite scorer by any means, general manager Don Maloney hopes that Erat returns to his consistent ways with a move to Phoenix.
“We’ve been looking at Martin for a long, long time,” Maloney said. “It reminds me a little of Radim Vrbata when he fit with us, he left us and it didn’t work, he came back and has been a great player for us. We think Martin can thrive in our style, which is very similar to Nashville’s.
He goes on: “We think he’s a good player and if we can get him back to the level we think he can get to, this is a good deal for us.”
The other player in the deal, center John Mitchell is a 27 year old who has never played an NHL game. He figures to be a career AHL guy, but with Portland’s struggles (21-26-2 in 2013-14), a good player in the system may not be too bad of a thing. At 6’6”, 223 pounds, he’s a big boy whose best case scenario is on the fourth line. Really, Erat is the highlight, and Mitchell is just a trade equalizer and nothing to get too excited about.
But if Erat can find a groove with the Coyotes, then Phoenix definitely helped themselves as far as this trade deadline is concerned.
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The NHL trade deadline came and went on Wednesday night and the Phoenix Coyotes made no moves. This was not for want of trying however. According to Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, the prices some teams demanded for players was too just too high.
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On the eve of the NHL trading deadline, the Coyotes shipped a pair of young defensemen to Chicago -- acquiring a second-round pick in the 2014 draft in exchange for David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois.
Rundblad, 23, has played 12 games with the Coyotes this season, recording one assist and six penalty minutes. He was a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2009 and came...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Tippett has a simple means of measuring Radim Vrbata's effectiveness.
"He's a scorer," Tippett said. "When he scores, he has a good game."
Vrbata had a good game on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens -- even if it was mostly coincidence that it came in fellow Czech Martin Erat's first game in a Coyotes sweater.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Antoine Vermette scored late in the first period, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots and the Phoenix Coyotes got back to their defensive ways in a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
After some shaky performances coming out of the Olympic break, the Coyotes had a strong night in their own end, blocking shots and limiting scoring opportunities.
Sources say the Coyotes and Capitals are finalizing a trade on Martin Erat. Details to follow.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 5, 2014
The #coyotes send Rostislav Klelsa, Chris Brown and a fourth-round pick to the #caps for Martin Erat and prospect John Mitchell.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 5, 2014
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Martin Erat received his sweet release from the Washington Captials as he was acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday along with John Mitchell in exchange for Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and a fourth rounder in 2015.By Kaiser matias via Wikimedia CommonsDespite having as many goals this season as goalie Mike Smith this season (just one), Coyotes GM Don Maloney admitted that...
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If Martin Erat left anything behind upon his hasty exit from the nation's capital, he won't have to wait long to reclaim it. Three days after arriving in Phoenix following a trade that sent defenseman Rusty Klesla, prospect Chris Brown and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick to the Capitals, Erat is returning to the place he couldn't wait to leave.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Radim Vrbata scored two goals and the Phoenix Coyotes bounced back from a shaky second period to beat Montreal 5-2 Thursday night for their first win over the Canadiens since 1998.
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The Capitals traded Erat and forward John Mitchell to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday in exchange for defenceman Rostislav Klesla, forward Chris Brown and a fourth round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
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Perennial trade requester Martin Erat has found himself ANOTHER new home: the Phoenix Coyotes. In one of many deals completed on the day before the trade deadline (likely to mess with the nine-hour trade deadline shows), the Phoenix Coyotes sent Chris Brown (no, not the singer), Rostislav Klesla, and a 4th round pick to the Washington Capitals for Erat and [...]
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday in exchange for the Blackhawks’ second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. This is the third time Rundblad been traded and he’s played in just 50 career NHL games. After signing his first contract with the St. Louis Blues back on June 10, 2010, [...]
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Washington Capitals GM George McPhee may feel his job could be in jeopardy. He may be right. However, McPhee is attempting to do something about it.
Just a day before the NHL trade deadline, McPhee has completed his second trade of the day. The caps sent disgruntled forward Martin Erat and minor league forward John Mitchell to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for prospect...