As reported earlier today by Dan Tancer from CHED 630AM in Alberta, the Calgary Flames have traded center Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes. In exchange, the Coyotes have sent forward Lee "Desert Ninja" Stempniak to Calgary. Given the Ryan Smyth trade issue and Langkow's recent neck injury it shouldn't be a surprise that the trade is contingent on Langkow passing a physical. This will be Langkow's second go round in a Coyotes sweater. The Edmonton native arrived in the Valley back in 2001 via a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers. He spent 3 seasons in Phoenix before he was traded to Calgary in 2004 in exchange for Denis Gauthier and Oleg Saprykin.
The power forward missed almost the entire 2010-11 regular season. He was out with a neck injury he suffered towards in March of 2010 in a game against the Minnesota Wild. A puck struck him in the neck during the 2nd period of the contest. Langkow registered just one assist upon returning for the Flames last 4 games last season. Langkow is known for being a solid two-way center. The 34 year old has averaged .63 points a game during his career in the league.
Langkow is due to make 4.5 million dollars this season, while Stempniak is due to make 2.3 million. Both players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after the upcoming season.
Click here for the Coyotes official press release on the trade.