Sunday, October 23, 2011

Canadiens acquire Nokelainen, Stafford from Coyotes

Petteri Nokelainen - Phoenix Coyotes v Anaheim DucksOn the heels of Saturday night's loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens, who presently sit last in the Eastern Conference, have swung a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Montreal has obtained foward Petteri Nokelainen and blueliner Garrett Stafford. In return, Phoenix received Brock Trotter and a seventh round draft pick.

The 25-year old Nokelainen is a fairly versatile forward who can play either wing or center. Although he has only taken 31 draws this season, his 58.1% winning percentage now makes him Montreal's best faceoff-man. At 6'1 and 195 pounds, he also adds some needed size to the Habs' bottom attacking units. In 194 career NHL games between Long Island, Boston, Anaheim and Phoenix, the Finland native has 17 goals and 18 assists.

Garret Stafford is likely destined for a prominent role on the Hamilton Bulldogs roster. The Los Angeles native has over 500 games of AHL experience but has participated in only 7 NHL contests, registering 2 assists in the process.

Brock Trotter, who returned to the Canadiens organization in the off-season, heads to the Desert as the Bulldogs' current leading scorer. In 5 games with Hamilton, he registered 2 goals and 5 assists.

To compensate for Trotter's departure, Aaron Palushaj has also been returned to the Bulldogs today.

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