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New Dogs in the Pack; Coyotes acquire Phaneuf, prospects from Leafs



The Phoenix Coyotes have made it clear to the NHL that they are pushing for a playoff berth... both in statement, and now tonight in deed.

The Coyotes made a splash this evening, acquiring all-star defenceman and former Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf from Toronto, along with forward prospects Jerry d'Amigo and Kenny Ryan, as well as defensive prospects Petter Granberg and Simon Gysbers, in exchange for prospects Mikkel Boedkker and David Rundblad.

"You don't get to see many big splashes in the desert. We think we made one today." Coyotes GM TribalPhoenix stated this evening in a press release.

"While we've given up a pair of good prospects in Mikkel and David, we feel this was an amazing deal for us. Dion will move onto our top pairing immediately and bring some amazing leadership and talent to our defence corps. This is a huge addition going into the playoffs - we believe Dave Tippett will be able to take Dion's game to the next level."

"In addition, Jerry D'Amigo is a player who is a clutch performer as he showed in the Calder Cup playoffs last season who can bring a dynamic game. Kenny Ryan is highly underrated, and is a defensive prospect in the forward ranks who is willing to make the tough play and block the shot while also adding the odd goal. Simon Gysbers brings great depth in the event of injury, and will be a huge asset to our prospects playing in San Antonio. Petter Granberg is a hulking defenceman who is raw, but will turn into a solid 2nd pairing guy in the NHL. We're very confident of this. We're grateful to Mikkel and to David, but this is a huge day for our franchise."

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