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:
#97 / Defenseman / Columbus Blue Jackets
Mar 21, 1982
|2010 - Rostislav Klesla||3||7||10||10||26|
#0 / Left Wing / Columbus Blue Jackets
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:
#8 / Right Wing / Phoenix Coyotes
Oct 07, 1983
|2010 - Scottie Upshall||16||11||27||5||42|
#18 / Defenseman / Phoenix Coyotes
Oct 17, 1984
|2010 - Sami Lepisto||4||7||11||7||37|