The Phoenix Coyotes have traded center Matthew Lombardi to the Anaheim Ducks. Phoenix brought Lombardi back into the fold via a trade with Toronto just a few months ago. The center's second stint with the Coyotes, while not completely unsuccessful, wasn't quite as successful as his first stint with the club which came via a trade with the Calgary Flames back in 2009. Lombardi is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this coming summer. He scored 28 goals in 118 games his career in the Valley. 4 of those goals came in the 21 games the forward appeared in this season.
In the deal, Phoenix received forward prospect Brandon McMillan, who prior to the trade was playing for the Duck's AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia. The Ducks drafted McMillan in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry draft. The 23 year old Canadian has played in 91 NHL games in the past 3 NHL seasons. 60 of those games came in the 2010- 2011 season when he netted 11 goals and 10 assists. He's considered a two way player. The major issue with McMillian has been his inability to produce points consistently. This was a concern by scouts even before he was drafted. The Ducks' patience had apparently worn out with the youngster. The Richmond, B.C. native is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this summer.