The Arizona Coyotes made a minor league move on Wednesday by trading goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Brandon Troock. The move was announced by the Stars late Wednesday morning.
Peters made three appearances in the NHL this season while Mike Smith was out with an injury. He went 0-1-0 with a 3.16 GAA and a .900 save percentage. While with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League, Peters was 5-6-0 with a 4.17 GAA and an .868 save percentage.
Justin Hache has bounced back and forth between the Roadrunners and the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. Hache has one assist in five AHL games, and two goals, seven assists in 21 games with Rapid City.
In addition to sharing the greatest first name in hockey with Brendan Perlini, Brendan Ranford was the 209th overall selection in 2010 with the Philadelphia Flyers. Ranford has six goals and 11 assists in 36 games with the Texas Stars, Dallas’ AHL affiliate. He has made just one appearances in his NHL career, but has 55 goals and 105 assists in 250 AHL games.
Branden Troock - who just narrowly missed sharing the best first name in hockey with Perlini and Ranford - was selected 134th overall by the Stars in 2012. He has four assists in ten games with the Stars’ AHL team, and seven goals and two assists with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
The move shows the faith the Coyotes have in Adin Hill, who has assumed the #1 job in Tucson this season. Hill is 11-4-0 with a .923 save percentage. Hill’s presumptive backup is now Marek Langhamer, who has a 4-3-0 record to complement his .915 save percentage.
Meanwhile, the addition of Ranford gives the Roadrunners some extra depth up front; Ranford has experience on both wings, and brings a prolific scoring pedigree with him from Texas. As a smaller forward, he is very much in the mold of Craig Cunningham, whose career was unfortunately cut short earlier this season.
Welcome to Arizona Troock and Ranford!