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Arizona Coyotes acquire Sergei Plotnikov from the Pittsburgh Penguins

Arizona's opening move on Trade Deadline day is a minor one.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Numerous media figures are reporting that the Arizona Coyotes have acquired Sergei Plotnikov from the Pittsburgh Penguins. In exchange, Arizona is reportedly sending Matthias Plachta and a conditional 7th round draft pick back to Pittsburgh.

The move for Pittsburgh basically amounts to a roster dump; Plotnikov has been a healthy scratch for 19 consecutive games and reportedly made comments about returning to Russia - where he recorded consecutive 30 points seasons from 2012-13 to 2014-15 - that concerned the Penguins organization.

As a result, the Coyotes get a decent sized forward (6' 2", 203 pounds) with good underlying possession numbers (53.6% Corsi For while starting 54.3% of his shifts in the defensive zone) but with little production to speak of (two assists in 32 games played).

Pittsburgh gets German league standout Matthias Plachta, who signed a one-year entry level deal with the Coyotes this season before heading to the Springfield Falcons. He has just two goals and five assists in Springfield, but has been a solid defensive forward for the Falcons this season and could be a useful call-up in a pinch.

Ultimately, the Penguins move on from a forward who wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh, and the Coyotes don't give up much of anything to get him. The opening salvo of Trade Deadline day is a ripple, not a splash.