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Coyotes trade Upshall, Lepisto to Columbus for Klesla, Byers


So much for Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney not making any deals on deadline day.  He comes out swinging with a big one involving two former first round picks.  The big question is does this deal make the Coyotes better now and/or for the future?  I'm not sure it does either, especially given Klesla's health issues.  The Coyotes lose a player tied for the team lead in goal scoring without a young prospect who can likely fill his role.  Upside?  I'm not seeing any minus having a young defensemen locked up versus losing Upshall for nothing come this offseason.

Players coming to Phoenix:


Rostislav Klesla

#97 / Defenseman / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-3

221

Mar 21, 1982

 

 

 


G A P +/- PIM
2010 - Rostislav Klesla 3 7 10 10 26

Dane Byers

#0 / Left Wing / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-3

204

Feb 21, 1986

 

 

 


Byers has spent the entire season in the AHL with Springfield.  He's a former Ranger prospect which probably doesn't surprise anyone who has followed GMDM's past moves.  For his career stats click here.

Players going to Columbus:


Scottie Upshall

#8 / Right Wing / Phoenix Coyotes

6-0

193

Oct 07, 1983

 

 

 


G A P +/- PIM
2010 - Scottie Upshall 16 11 27 5 42

Sami Lepisto

#18 / Defenseman / Phoenix Coyotes

6-0

190

Oct 17, 1984

 

 

 


G A P +/- PIM
2010 - Sami Lepisto 4 7 11 7 37